Head strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp oversees all of the strength and conditioning efforts for Wolfpack football. The 18-year veteran came to NC State after spending five seasons in the same capacity at Arkansas. Veltkamp has worked with 47 NFL draft picks in his career.
Prior to arriving at Arkansas in 2008, Veltkamp spent four years (2004-07) as the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Louisville. During his three years with that program, the Cardinals earned trips to the Liberty, Gator and Orange bowls. From 2001-03, the Bozeman, Mont., native was the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Utah after working as an assistant from 1999-2000.
During his tenure with the Utes, the football team won two Mountain West Conference championships, earned three bowl bids and had wins over Southern California in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl and Southern Mississippi in the 2003 Liberty Bowl. The men's basketball team also won three conference titles and earned three NCAA Tournament bids with Veltkamp organizing its workouts.
Veltkamp began his career in 1995 as a student assistant and volunteer coach working with the offensive line at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. In 1996, he moved into the strength and conditioning field as the coach for the Helena Ice Pirates Junior "A" hockey team for the 1996 season. He returned to Carroll and assisted with spring practice before working at Utah State as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant from 1997-98. His time at USU saw him work with 14 sports, including football, basketball, volleyball and track.
He has worked with four NFL first-round draft picks in defensive tackle Amobe Okoye (Houston), offensive tackle Jordan Gross (Carolina), quarterback Alex Smith (San Francisco) and offensive guard Eric Wood (Buffalo) and also helped develop basketball center Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee). Other professional athletes he has trained include Jason Spitz (Green Bay), Steve Smith and Maake Kemoeatu (Carolina), Elvis Dumervil (Denver), Michael Bush (Oakland), Kolby Smith (Kansas City), Kerry Rhodes (New York Jets), and Chris Kemeoatu and William Gay, both of whom played for Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXLIII.
A graduate of Carroll College, Veltcamp was a four-year starter for the Fighting Saints, playing for Bob Petrino, Sr. He was a two-time all-conference performer in 1993 and 1994 and was also a team captain of the 1994 team.
Veltkamp earned his master's degree in exercise science from Utah State in 1998 and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and American Football Coaches Association.
At Arkansas, Veltkamp developed the Razorback Football Champions booklet and brought the `Ring the Bell' tradition to the program. He also authored an article entitled "Pillars of Strength" for Training and Conditioning Magazine and delivered speeches on in-season training and motivating collegiate football players at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Convention.
Veltkamp's wife, Kristen, attended physical therapy school at Duke, graduating in 1998. The couple has two sons, Caden (11) and Colton (8).