Clete McLeod named head strength and conditioning coach

    Nov. 10, 2011

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois Athletics has announced the hiring of Clete McLeod, M.S., CSCS as head of strength and conditioning.

    "I could not be more excited to be back at my alma mater and the place where I first got started" McLeod said. "I've always been a Saluki and I am grateful to give back to the school and institution that means so much to me."

    McLeod received both his undergraduate and master's degree at SIU while working in the weight room as a graduate assistant from 2001-03. He earned a dual bachelor degree in exercise science and nutrition while receiving his master's in exercise physiology.

    Prior to returning to Carbondale, McLeod spent three seasons (2008-11) at Oregon State University where he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach working with the Beaver's football team. He was also directly in charge of training programs for women's basketball and men's soccer in addition to overseeing golf, women's gymnastics, women's cross country, and women's soccer.

    He also developed and instructed team nutrition presentations for all programs at OSU and coordinated athlete's private nutrition assessments with on-campus registered dieticians. McLeod also served as the Sports Nutrition Chair of the Oregon Chapter of NSCA.

    McLeod has strong credentials in strength and conditioning including a stint in the U.S. Army stationed in Ft. Benning, Ga. from 1992-94. He also worked for Velocity Sport Performance in Naperville, Ill. from 2004-06 then took over duties as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Northern Illinois in 2006, in charge of baseball and softball.

    McLeod also spent one season at Southeast Missouri State as the head of strength and conditioning in 2007-08.

    In addition, McLeod is also a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist, USAW certified club coach, and USAT&F Level 1 coach.

    McLeod, a native of Assumption, Ill., resides in Carterville with his fiance, Poppy.