FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –- Todd Barbour has been named Arkansas’ director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports.
Barbour has 14 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field and joins the athletic department staff after spending the four previous years as the director of performance at the Performance and Wellness Institute in Greeley, Colo.
He also spent five years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Oregon State, and five years as a high school strength and conditioning coach as well as a football and softball coach in Billings, Mont.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Todd Barbour in charge of our strength and conditioning program for Olympic sports,” Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Jason Veltkamp said. “Todd has the knowledge and expertise to help our student-athletes improve in every aspect of their conditioning. He is an enthusiastic motivator. He has extensive experience at the collegiate level. I am confident under Todd’s leadership we will see continued advancement in the performance of our nationally-ranked Olympic sport programs.”
Barbour earned his bachelor’s in physical education and sports science from the University of Idaho in 1994. He earned certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2001 and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in 2002.
At the Performance and Wellness Institute, he designed, developed and implemented philosophy and principles for fitness, regeneration, rehabilitation and pre-habilitation. He also designed the new facility, budgeted, and researched and purchased all equipment.
Barbour assisted in the development and implementation of protocol for orthopedic evaluations, injury screens, athletic consults, emergency procedures, “performance inhibitors” and post-surgical workout evaluations. He recruited athletes in the sports of baseball, softball, golf, volleyball, football and basketball to train in northern Colorado at the Performance and Wellness Institute.
A presenter and participant in regional and national conferences and seminars on strength and conditioning and sport nutrition, he has also been a director and presenter at pre-season, in-season and summer training camps, and designed and presented a speed and agility demonstration at the NSCA State Clinic hosted by the Oregon State Strength and Conditioning Department.
At OSU, where he was hired by football coach Dennis Erickson and was the first assistant for football, he was a coach and presenter at summer camps for football, baseball, softball and basketball. He designed and implemented all aspects of student-athletes’ sport-specific conditioning, including strength, power, linear speed, multi-directional speed, energy system development, regeneration and post-injury reconditioning as the head strength and conditioning coach for baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s golf.
While at Oregon State, the football team won its first Pac-10 championship in 30 years. He also worked with more than 70 athletes who went on the play professionally, 21 All-Americans and 63 All-Pac-10 selections. That list includes five first-round draft picks, a world champion in Major League Baseball and another first-round pick in the NBA.
Barbour helped more than 15 volleyball players earn college scholarships and more than 30 others earn college scholarships in football, baseball and soccer with 35 earning all-state or all-conference honors in football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball and soccer.