The University of Akron’s, Matt Gildersleeve in May of 2014 became the youngest Division 1 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Before coming to Akron, Matt played at the football powerhouse Mount Union and was a part of four straight Conference Championships and a National Championship. Matt has a masters degree in sports science, unique coaching skills, tremendous drive and an excellent aptitude. Head Football Coach, Terry Bowden recognizing his attributes quickly promoted him from within his program to lead the ‘Zips’ Strength and Conditioning.
Matt and his wife Ana and dog ‘Rock’ recently visited the Rogers Pendulum factory and had the opportunity to see the latest manufacturing tools, how equipment was designed, fabricated, constructed and assembled. Nathan Rogers, President and Chief Operating Officer and Mike Gittleson, the first Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Big Ten, were the Gildersleeve’s hosts.
In the Rogers Pendulum showroom Matt and Mike spent time examining equipment, blending ideas, styles and the training techniques of coaching old and new, which led to an interesting day. Ask about touring the factory, a must addition to your ‘bucket list’…… – a great place to stop on your vacation when travelling through Michigan.