Mike Barwis is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the University of Michigan. He is directly responsible for the development and implementation of the football strength and conditioning program. His assistants handle ice hockey, softball and men's soccer. He oversees a staff that includes eight full-time assistants and 10 interns.
Barwis worked at West Virginia University for a period of 14 years. He was appointed the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic sports in 2000, during which time he supervised all the universities sports programs excluding football. In 2003, Barwis assumed the responsibility for the Mountaineers football program, while maintaining his position with the Olympic sports. During his tenure at West Virginia University he designed and implemented programs for all of the Mountaineers 21 varsity sports. His last five years at WVU were widely considered to be the golden era in WVU athletics.
Barwis has coached 32 National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) All-Americans since 1999, and was one of 10 coaches to receive the 2002 Bronze Award from the NSCA certification commission. He also received the award in 2010. He has trained college All Americans, national champions, professional, Olympic, national and international competitors and medalists in wrestling, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, football, basketball, baseball, motor cross, downhill skiing, cycling, boxing, ice hockey, tennis, swimming & diving, professional bull riding, gymnastics, crew, bodybuilding and rifle during his career. In addition, Barwis has been published in numerous journals, magazines, newspapers, written several books and produced videos.
Barwis earned his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from the School of Medicine at West Virginia University and his master's degree in athletic coaching with an emphasis in strength and conditioning. He also completed course work in the area of anatomy and physiology at Temple University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists by the NSCA, NASE certified, and CPR and AED certified.
Barwis and his wife, Autumn, have two sons, Ray and Charlie, and a daughter, Hannah. Prior to leaving WVU, Autumn was the associate strength and conditioning coach for West Virginia's entire athletic department.