Gries gearing up athletes to see results

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Griffin Truslow | Staff Writer
Bailey Schafbuch | Sports Co-Editor

Lane Gries took over the position as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Buena Vista University (BVU) on Oct. 1, 2012.

Gries, a native of Onawa, Ia., served at Baylor University as an Athletic Performance Graduate Assistant. He started the position in Jan. of 2012, where he worked with the football, acrobatics and tumbling, equestrian, and track teams before becoming a part of the Beaver Athletic Department.

Gries is up to the challenge of continuing to better BVU athletics and getting athletes into the proper training mentality.

“My plan is to get the culture geared toward something where across-the-board teams want to come in, train hard, and really buy into a program that’s going to show them results that they’ll be able to see and feel on the court, field, or mat,” Gries said.

Many leaders within the Athletic Department believe Gries has the background, ability, and knowledge to take the strength and conditioning program in the right direction.

“Gries’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and presence, which a strength and conditioning coach should have, stood out to me,” Athletic Director Christyn Abaray said.

“I think his mentality, having the marine core background and having experiences at Iowa and Baylor, will help improve BVU’s football program in the long run,” Head Football Coach Jay Anderson said.

Gries proves to have a very extensive and qualified background, not only in the fitness realms, but from serving multiple combat duties in Iraq as a Rifleman in the United States Marine Corps.

Photo courtesty of Steven Phelps