2016 National Conference

Charlie Woida

Director of Athletic Performance, University of Montana

Presentation Summary:

Building a program and establishing a tradition with that program is something that most coaches strive for, and it takes standards, patience, and a commitment to make it happen. A strength coach can be a big part of the process of building a program and maintain it. The relationship that you as a strength coach or head sport coach have is vital to having success in the atmosphere that you create with the team at all team functions, not just game day. I will touch on the importance of investing in your team and the role of competition to create an exciting training environment.


Charlie Woida is in his fourth year as director of athletic performance at the University of Montana. Prior to that, Woida spent two years as the assistant director at Montana.

As an athlete, Woida played football and baseball at Fergus Falls Community College, where he received his AA degree. He then played baseball at Northern State University (NSU) where he received his BS degree in Fitness Management.

Through an undergrad internship, Woida earned professional coaching experience training the baseball team at NSU. After graduation, he completed an internship for the National Institute of Fitness in Sport in Indianapolis, where he worked with athletes from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). He also served as an Assistant Softball Coach for the IUPUI softball team for the 2006 spring season.

Woida then moved on to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to become a Graduate Assistant strength coach. He received his Master?s degree in Exercise Science from NDSU. Woida then worked two seasons as strength and conditioning coach for the SanDiego Padres. He moved on to semester-long internships with the University of Minnesota and Colorado State University. Woida then served as Director of Athletic Performance for Noonan Sports Specialist in Alexandria, Minnesota in 2010, before being hired at Montana.