McLeod began his duties as head of strength and conditioning on Monday.
Clete McLeod, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, returned to his alma mater in 2011 as the head of strength and conditioning for Southern Illinois.
Prior to returning to Carbondale, McLeod spent four seasons (2008-11) at Oregon State, where he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach training the Beaver football team. In addition to football, he was directly in charge of training women's basketball and men's soccer, as well as overseeing golf, women's gymnastics, women's cross country, and women's soccer.
In addition to his strength and conditioning duties, McLeod developed and instructed performance nutrition programs for all teams at OSU and coordinated private assessments for athletes with on-campus registered dieticians. During his time in this role, McLeod was appointed as the Sports Nutrition Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a nationwide spokesperson for "Got Chocolate Milk".
McLeod received both his undergraduate and master's degree from SIU. While finishing his course work, he began his career in the weight room as a graduate assistant from 2001-03 under his mentor, and highly regarded strength coach, Eric Klein. He earned dual bachelor's degrees in exercise science and nutrition while receiving his master's in exercise physiology.
McLeod has impressive credentials in strength and conditioning including directing Velocity Sport Performance in Naperville, IL from 2004-06, an assistant strength and conditioning role at Northern Illinois in 2006, and serving as the head of strength and conditioning at Southeast Missouri State from 2007-08, before being recruited to Oregon State. McLeod is a veteran of the United States Army and draws heavily on his experience as a former infantryman when speaking to his athletes regarding discipline, hard work, and leadership.
"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, a native of Assumption, IL, resides in Carterville with his fiancé, Poppy.