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Notre Dame Football: Irish officially hire Loren Landow as new strength and conditioning coach

The man wears a mean pair of shades

Notre Dame has its new strength and conditioning coach to replace Matt Balis. From the Notre Dame press release:

Notre Dame Tabs Loren Landow As Trematerra Family Director Of Football Performance

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman announced today the hiring of Loren Landow as the program’s Trematerra Family Director of Football Performance. Landow will join the Irish in January of 2024.

“When we sat down to evaluate what exactly we wanted from this role, we identified several characteristics as being critical to the success of the position,” said Freeman. “We need someone who can reinforce the vision of the head coach and uphold the standards in discipline that it takes to create a championship environment. We need someone who has a background in group training, yet the expertise to individualize training to meet specific individual’s needs and goals. We need someone who can enhance our approach in regards to power, explosion and speed development.

Loren Landow is all of these things. He has demonstrated incredible expertise in the strength and conditioning field and will truly help us advance our sports performance program and our sports science knowledge. Loren has worked both in a team setting and in the private sports performance industry, and his ability to elevate his athletes’ production is impressive, particularly when it comes to speed and explosiveness. He is an authentic and commanding leader, with an alpha personality and those are the traits I was looking for when it comes to fulfilling such a vital position on our staff.”

Landow is a world-renowned strength and conditioning expert with over 25 years of extensive experience at all levels of elite athlete training. He served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos from 2018-2023, and owns and directs Landow Performance in Centennial, Colorado, working with thousands of athletes in all sports to prepare for professional and amateur competition, including NFL, NHL, MLB, UFC, WNBA and Olympic medalists.

With the Broncos, Landow was responsible for all return-to-play programs and collaborating with the head coach, wellness director, athletic training staff and nutritionist on athlete performance. Landow’s program direction included focuses on mobility and stability, strength continuum, power, neuromuscular re-education and restoring of proper mechanics, speed development, condition programs and profiles for all timeline of injuries.

In addition to maximizing athletic performance, Landow is known for his emphasis on marrying injury prevention and rehabilitation. Landow began as director of sports performance at Steadman-Hawkins Clinic Denver in 2008, which became Landow Performance in 2016. His work bridged the gap between sports medicine and sports performance and established the department of sports performance at the clinic. In addition to creating programs for amateur and professional athletes of all ages, including several NFL athletes, he also developed the ACL prevention program and the ACL return to sport protocols for the world-renowned clinic.

Landow also worked as the director of sports performance for Velocity Sports Performance in Englewood, Colorado, from 2003-07 and as the director of ISSD at Colorado Athletic Club Inverness in Englewood from 1996-2003.

Throughout his career, Landow has prepared NFL draft prospects for the NFL Combine and Pro Days, and worked with NFL veterans on off-season training. He has coached more than 70 NFL All-Pro players, and more than 25 first-round selections.

Landow has served as a consultant for several high-profile sports organizations, including the United States national teams for women’s soccer, bobsled and swimming, the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Carolina Panthers and Washington Spirit. He has also consulted with university strength and conditioning programs at Stanford University, the University of Colorado - Boulder and the University of Kansas.

He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and muscle activation techniques specialist, also having earned the National Strength and Conditioning (NCSA) certification. Landow serves on the S.P.E.E.D. advisory council, is an advanced level trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is an American Academy of Health and Fitness professional in essentials of post-rehab.

Landow graduated in 1996 from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in kinesiology and an emphasis in exercise physiology, and is working towards a master of sports injuries and return to performance management from Setana College in Ireland. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Taylor and Morgan.