Alamosa, Colorado USA
“I started collegiate athletics as a two sport athlete in both football and track & field. After a promising start in both sports, (earning several post-season accolades in football and becoming an NCAA qualifier in track) I began my sophomore year of football with a severe knee injury. I ruptured my ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL, biceps femoris, tore both medial and lateral menisci, sustained nerve damage distal to the knee, as well as sustained other damage related to a complete knee dislocation. This injury effectively ended my ability to sprint competitively as well as play football. After extensive surgeries and rehabilitation I was able to switch my emphasis to the throws and still compete in track and field. With the help of Derek Woodske’s training and coaching I was able to return to a high level in track and field. My efforts culminated in winning the NCAA DII indoor National Championship in the shot put in 2009. After all was said and done, I was able to earn 6 All-Americans in 3 different events (shot put, 35lb weight throw, and discus) in track and field.
After finishing my athletic career and studies in Human Performance and Exercise Physiology I worked in the physical therapy field until ultimately taking a position as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Adams State University. I am also currently the Head Throws coach for Adams State University Track & Field. Many of the training and coaching principles that I use currently to develop All-Americans, professional athletes, and many dominate sport teams are principles that I learned from Derek Woodske. Without Derek’s assistance directly and indirectly I would not have been able accomplish the things I have athletically or professionally.”
Matt Gersick, MA, CSCS
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Assistant Track & Field: Head Throws Coach
Head Football Strength and Conditioning
Adams State University