Ryan Cotter enters his first year as an NAU Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach after joining the athletic department in August 2014. He works with the men's and women's basketball and women's soccer programs while also assisting with football.
Cotter previously worked at the University of Georgia from 2013-2014 as a Professional Intern. He was responsible for the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning program for the equestrian and cheerleading teams, while assisting with the men's basketball, baseball, gymnastics, soccer and men's/women's swim teams.
Prior to Georgia, Cotter served as graduate assistant at the University of Utah's PEAK Health and Fitness physiology lab, while also interning in the Olympic Sport's Weight Room.
Cotter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Certification, and a United States of America Weight lifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise Science from Hope College, and earned a master's of science in exercise physiology from the University of Utah.