20 Mar Mark Asanovich
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Mark Asanovich is a fourteen-year National Football League (NFL) veteran Strength & Conditioning Coach. After serving as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 1995, Asanovich was the Strength & Conditioning Coach for six seasons under Head Coach Tony Dungy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 – 2001. During the 2002 season, Asanovich served as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Baltimore Ravens. From 2003 – 2010 he served as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He completed his career in professional football in the United Football League with the Hartford Colonials in 2011.
His list of NFL Hall of Famers trained includes: Derrick Brooks, Chris Carter, Chris Doleman, Ray Lewis, Randall McDaniel, Warren Moon, Jonathon Ogden, John Randle, Warren Sapp & Gary Zimmerman.
His list of NFL Pro Bowlers trained includes: Donnie Abraham, Mike Alstott, Ronde Barber, Jeff Blake, Peter Boulware, Derrick Brooks, Mark Brunnell, Tony Brackens, Chris Carter, Jeff Christy, Jack Del Rio, Trent Dilfer, Chris Doleman, Hugh Douglas, Warrick Dunn, David Garrard, Sam Gash, Jason Gildon, Martin Gramatica, Robert Griffith, Chris Hanson, Al Harris, Todd Heap, John Henderson, Chris Hinton, Maurice Jones-Drew, Brad Johnson,Keyshawn Johnson, Pepper Johnson, Steve Jordan, Jim Lachey, Jermaine Lewis, Ray Lewis,John Lynch, Rashean Mathis, Tony Mayberry, Chris McAlister, Michael McCrary, Randall McDaniel, Warren Moon, Dave Moore, Lorenzo Neal, Hardy Nickerson, Jonathan Ogden,Shelton Quarles, John Randle, Ed Reed, Faud Reveiz, Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp, Bart Scott, Jimmy Smith, Robert Smith, Todd Steussie, Korey Stringer, Marcus Stroud, Matt Stover,Fred Taylor, Henry Thomas, Bob Whitfield & Gary Zimmerman.
Prior to joining the Minnesota Vikings, Asanovich served as the strength & conditioning coach at Anoka High School (Minneapolis, Minnesota) from 1987-95. During his tenure there, the school captured state football championships in 1990 and 1994. Anoka also won state titles in soccer (1989), wrestling (1991), and basketball (1992) during his eight years at the school. Asanovich came to Anoka after spending 1986 in a similar capacity at The Citadel.
In 1984, Asanovich was hired as a graduate assistant strength coach at The Ohio State University. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Football Championship that season and played in the Rose Bowl. Asanovich was promoted to Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at OSU the following year as the team went 9 – 3 and defeated Brigham Young in the Citrus Bowl.
Asanovich was one of the first fifteen Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists and former Minnesota State Director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He is also a Certified Health Fitness Instructor, former Professional Education Committee Member, and former Healthy People 2000 State Director for the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also served as an executive board member/consultant for the National Dance-Exercise Instructors Training Association. In addition, he served as a member on the Minnesota’s Governor’s Council on Health & Physical Fitness and on the Executive Board for the Minnesota Association of Physical Education, Health, Exercise, Recreation & Dance.
Recognized in Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Asanovich was a contributing author in Death in the Locker Room II (Elite Sports Medicine Publishers, 1993), and High Intensity Strength Training (Perigue Books: Putnam Publishing, 1993). He has also published articles in The High Intensity Training Newsletter, The Conditioning Quarterly, Coach & Athletic Director and the Minnesota High School League Bulletin. Asanovich earned his bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University and his master’s in exercise science from The Ohio State University.
As a clinician, Asanovich has spoken nationally and abroad. As an international speaker, he spoke at the Strong-S Strength Seminar in Tokyo, Japan from 1998 – 2017. He has also spoken at such national events as: the 2018 College Strength Coaches Association National Convention, the 2017 American Football Coaches Association National Convention, 2016 Resistance Exercise Conference, the 2011/12 Legends Football Strength Clinic, the 1998 American Football Quarterly University, the 1998 and 2005 Nike Coach Of The Year Football Clinic, the 1994 Minnesota HPERD State Convention, 1994 ACSM Northland Fall Tutorial, 1994 & 1995 Minneapolis In Motion, 1993 New Jersey HPERD State Convention, 1987-95 Midwest Strength & Conditioning Seminars, 1992 University of Toledo Strength Clinic, 1991 MSHSCA All-Star Clinic, 1989 Coach of the Year Clinic, 1989 McGregor-Nautilus Clinic, 1985 NSCA National Convention etc. He has also served as a clinician/faculty member for the American College of Sports Medicine, Hamline University, and St. Thomas University (St. Paul, Minnesota).
Recently, Asanovich has been actively engaged as a researcher, speaker and co-author in evidence-based strategies for proactively mitigating the severity and frequency of Cervical Spine Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury through head & neck strengthening. The culmination of the work resulted in publishing of “A Neck Strengthening Protocol in Adolescent Males and Females for Athletic Injury Prevention” in the Journal of Trainology in April of 2016.
Asanovich is a native of Duluth, Minnesota. His wife Allisen and he currently live in Victoria, Minnesota where they are proud parents of Haley, Gracie and Wyatt.