Wolfpack strength coach will now oversee all Olympic sport strength programs
Craig Sowers was named assistant director of strength & conditioning in the summer of 2012. In the spring of 2014 he was promoted to Director of Olympic Sports Training. Sowers has a broad and diverse background in athletic performance and development at both the collegiate level and in the private sector.
Sowers will be in charge of the women's soccer and men's and women's swimming and diving teams, as well as assist in the day-to-day administrative responsibilities.
"With Dr. Yow's help, again, we have "raised the bar" in our athletic department with the addition of an 18-year veteran strength and conditioning coach in Craig Sowers," said assistant athletics director for strength & conditioning Bob Alejo. "Craig brings a wide-ranging coaching and administrative experience that will persuade our athletes to raise their performance expectations as athletes and students.
"In my opinion, Craig's biggest influence will come from his NCAA national championship experience having been directly associated with four NCAA national titles and has been on coaching staffs that have produced 12 additional national championship teams. Exposing our student-athletes to that level of direction will put us one step closer to our Strategic Plan."
Sowers joins the Wolfpack after spending the past season at his alma mater Akron, where he served as the director of strength and conditioning for football.
Before returning to Akron, Sowers was the assistant head coach for athletic performance at UCLA (2008-11), where he assisted with training and designed and implemented a speed program for the Bruins' football team. He also had complete oversight of training for the men's volleyball and women's soccer squads.
"I am excited to be apart of the NC State athletics, I am very impressed with where the program has come over the last two years and where we are getting ready to take it," said Sowers. "I am eager to work with Bob Alejo and Deborah Yow to grow this into the top Athletic Performance Program in the country."
Prior to relocating to the West Coast, Sowers served as the director of human performance for Akron General Sports Performance in Stow, Ohio, in 2007.
During the four previous years, he was the director of performance at Velocity Sports Performance at locations in Mayfield Village, Ohio, and Irvine, Calif. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of speed, power and strength development for athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional level. He served on the Sports Performance Directors Advisory Council during that time and was its chairman in 2006-07.
From 2000-03, Sowers was the head strength and conditioning coach at UTEP. He oversaw all aspects of speed, strength and conditioning for the University's 17 NCAA varsity sports and approximately 350 athletes. The football team was Western Athletic Conference champions in 2000.
From 1996-2000, he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at UCLA and was in charge of men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, women's track and field, and men's and women's soccer, and also assisted with football. During his tenure at UCLA, both the men's soccer and women's water polo teams captured a national championship.
From 1993-96, Sowers was a student assistant on Akron's strength and conditioning staff.
Sowers earned a B.S. degree in physical education from Akron in 1996, and was a member of the Zips' football team. He completed a master's degree in kinesiology from the UTEP in 2008 and is CSCS, SCCC and USAW Level I certified.
Sowers and his wife, Lori, have two boys, Bo and Payton.