Director of Strength & Conditioning, University of Nebraska
Mike is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable strength coaches in the nation. He joined the University of Nebraska staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in 1976. In 1994, he was named assistant director of athletic performance at Nebraska and in 2000 was named Associate Director. During his tenure at Nebraska, the University has produced many advances in the strength and conditioning programs used by athletes throughout the nation. His research helps Nebraska stay on the cutting edge, allowing Husker student-athletes to further develop their skills and talents. Mike's responsibilities include coordinating the workout programs for student-athletes in all 23 Nebraska sports. In 1995, Arthur was named National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society. Arthur co-authored the book, Complete Conditioning for Football, published by Human Kinetics.
An AAU wrestling champion at 123 pounds for Nebraska in 1970, Arthur was a collegiate and junior national power-lifting champion in the 132-pound weight class in 1977. A ten-time Nebraska power-lifting champion, he set a world record with a 540.25-pound dead lift in the 132-pound class.
Arthur is from Lincoln and has a B. S. degree from UNL. He and his wife, Reena, have two daughters, Tara (20) and Rachel (6), and a son, John (7).