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Jason Veltkamp
Position: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Alma Mater: Carroll College
Graduating Year: 1996
Jason Veltkamp
Courtesy: Athletic Communications

Jason Veltkamp enters his fifth season as the head strength and conditioning coach at Arkansas after previous stops at Louisville, Utah and Utah State.

With the selections of Jake Bequette, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs in 2012, he has worked with 47 NFL Draft picks in his career.

The Bozeman, Mont., native spent the four previous years (2004-07) as the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Louisville, and in the first three years he was there the Cardinals earned trips to the Liberty, Gator and Orange bowls.

Before going to Louisville, he was the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Utah from 2001-03 after working as an assistant from 1999-2000.

While with the Utes, the football team won two Mountain West Conference championships, earned three bowl bids, and had wins over Southern California in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl and Southern Mississippi in the 2003 Liberty Bowl. The men's basketball team also won three conference titles and earned three NCAA Tournament bids with Veltkamp organizing its workouts.

Veltkamp began his career in 1995 as a student assistant and volunteer coach working with the offensive line at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. A little more than a year later he moved into strength and conditioning as the coach for the Helena Ice Pirates Junior "A" hockey team for the 1996 season.

He returned to Carroll and assisted with spring practice before working at Utah State as a graduate assistant from 1997-98. His time at USU saw him work with 14 sports, including football, basketball, volleyball and track.

Athletes he has worked with include four NFL first-round draft picks in defensive tackle Amobe Okoye (Houston), offensive tackle Jordan Gross (Carolina), quarterback Alex Smith (San Francisco) and offensive guard Eric Wood (Buffalo).

He also worked with basketball center Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee). Other professional athletes he has worked with include Jason Spitz (Green Bay), Steve Smith and Maake Kemoeatu (Carolina), Elvis Dumervil (Denver), Michael Bush (Oakland), Kolby Smith (Kansas City), Kerry Rhodes (New York Jets), and Chris Kemeoatu and William Gay, both of whom played for Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXLIII.

The Carroll College graduate was a four-year starter and was a team captain in 1994.

Veltkamp earned his master's degree in exercise science from Utah State in 1998 and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and American Football Coaches Association.

Since arriving at Arkansas, Veltkamp has developed the Razorback Football Champions booklet and brought the Ring the Bell tradition to the program. He also authored an article entitled Pillars of Strength for Training and Conditioning Magazine and delivered speeches on in-season training and motivating collegiate football players at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Convention.

He and his wife Kristen have two sons, Caden and Colton.


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