LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western University has made Cole Hergott its first-ever full-time Strength and Conditioning Head Coach, as the Spartan alum and TWU graduate (’18) returns to lead the Spartan Athletics S&C program.
Hergott will lead the S&C program at TWU after spending four years as an S&C intern with Spartan Athletics followed by a year working towards completing his Master’s of Kinesiology in Coaching Science at UBC. While at TWU, Hergott, who played with the Spartans men’s hockey team for one season (2014-15), earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics with an S&C Specialization. In his final year at TWU, he earned the “Andrew Heming Shield” as the top S&C intern in Spartan Athletics.
“Cole is an incredible young man who has done everything he can do to fulfill his dream of being a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Gamache. “Cole is a graduate from TWU who has poured countless hours into volunteering in Sparta to gain the experience needed to take on this new challenge. He has an incredible ability to relate to the athletes and he earns their trust through his attention to detail and expertise.
“Cole has been mentored by both Andrew Heming, who started our S&C program and more recently Andy Evans. This last year Cole spent time at UBC in their Masters of S&C program where he once again surrounded himself with world-class instructors who further increased his knowledge and practical base of expertise. When Cole graduated a year ago, the athletes gave him a standing ovation at our year-end awards banquet and I know they will once again be standing in appreciation for him returning to lead this program. Cole loves the Lord, has a servant heart and I have full confidence that our S&C program will be one of the best in all of Canada.”
In his year away from TWU, Hergott spent time as an S&C intern at Simon Fraser University, working with both the football and volleyball teams; was a graduate assistant at UBC, working with all varsity sports while specifically leading the S&C for men’s rugby, men’s hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and golf; and was the dryland coach for the hockey team at St. George’s School.
He also has experience working with the Vancouver Canucks, the BC Lions, Rugby Canada and Field Hockey BC.
Beyond that, Hergott was also the Strength & Conditioning Coach for Coastal Fitness & Coastal Athletics for two years, from 2016 to 2018.
“It is a tremendous honour to take on this role,” Hergott said. “One of the biggest impacts for me while at TWU was my strength and conditioning coaches Andrew (Heming) and Adrienne (Friesen). To have the opportunity to have that same impact on athletes and students is both a humbling and exciting experience. I feel God has placed me here and I’m excited to be an impact piece in the whole puzzle of Spartan Athletics and the Complete Champion Approach™.”
Hergott is a registered kinesiologist and is nationally certified as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Personal Trainer (CPT). He has his FMS (Functional Movement Systems) Level 1 and 2 certification and is Level 1 Certified in Precision Nutrition.
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About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 12 U SPORTS team championships, 27 Canada West team championships and two BCIHL championships.