In his third season as Northern Illinois’ Director of Sports Performance, Eric Klein is in his 16th year working with student-athletes in the area of strength and conditioning. In addition, Klein has spent several years as a football and track and field coach. At NIU, Klein oversees the Sports Performance for all 17 sports programs, directing a staff of four. He works specifically with the football and track and field programs. During his time at NIU he has helped the football program to post-season bowl appearances and major improvement in the performances of the track and field team. Prior to working at NIU, Klein spent seven years at Southern Illinois. In Carbondale, Klein designed the strength programs for the six-time Missouri Valley Conference Champion Saluki men’s basketball team and the three-time Gateway Conference Champion football program. Both programs saw numerous post-season appearances including a trip to the 2007 NCAA Basketball Sweet Sixteen and a 2007 semi-final appearance in the NCAA Bowl Championship Subdivision. A member of the NSCA, USA Weightlifting and the NASE, Klein is certified by each organization. Klein earned his master’s degree in physical education from Emporia State in 2000. He played football and threw at Carleton College (Minn.), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1993.
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