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Ian Burlingame Named Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Columbia, Mo. – The Columbia College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Ian Burlingame as the new Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Burlingame comes to Columbia after completing an internship as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for football and men’s tennis at the University of Utah. 

Burlingame has high hopes for the Cougar strength and conditioning department, “I am thankful for the opportunity to join Columbia Athletics and am excited to help support the continued success of the student-athletes here. Columbia College felt like a perfect fit when I stepped on campus. I am excited to build upon the strength and conditioning department and grow with it.”

Prior to his time in Utah, Burlingame was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Missouri Western State University from 2021 to 2023. There, he developed and implemented comprehensive and concurrent strength, speed, agility, mobility, and conditioning programs for baseball, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s cross country. He also helped work with football, women’s lacrosse, and women’s soccer. Burlingame has also served as an intern for the Yard Baseball Club where he has assisted with coaching hitting groups.

 “We had some really fantastic candidates and Ian kept coming back to the top of the list. His experience as a student-athlete at the NAIA level combined with the last couple of years working at high level athletic departments will make him a great fit.” said Director of Athletics, James Arnold. 

Burlingame attended Avila University and was a member of the Eagles’ baseball team. There, he received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2020 before moving on to obtain his Master of Applied Science in Sports and Fitness Management from Missouri Western State University in 2023.
He obtained his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification in December of 2020. 

Arnold was enthusiastic about the new hire,  “I look forward to seeing what Ian will do with our young Strength & Conditioning program and the tremendous positive impact that will have for our student-athletes and our entire department. I am very thankful for the continued investment in our student-athletes by President Russell, our administration, and the Board of Trustees.” 

This article is provided by Columbia Cougar Athletics