M.S - Physical Education: Kinesiology, The University of Michigan, 1990
B.S. - Exercise And Sports Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1988
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (NSCA), 2009
United States Weightlifting-Level 1 Sports Performance (USAW), 2009
RSCC E* (NSCA), 2012
RKC Kettle-bell Certified, 2013
Adult CPR & AED, American Red Cross, 2013
Michigan Football Technique School, 1988-2013
University of Toledo Strength Clinic, 1992
University of Michigan Athletic Department eating disorders committee, 1993
University of Michigan High School Football Coaches Clinic 1993, 94, 95
University of Michigan Basketball Camp 2003-2008
University of Michigan Football Strength Clinic 2009, 2010
The use of a Tendo Analyzer to improve power output of a college athlete.
Identifying the most effect type of training that improves speed/quickness in a college athlete.
Football, Swimming, Wrestling
Whitetail bow and black powder hunting
Trout fly fishing
James Plocki has been part of the University of Michigan Strength and Conditioning staff for the past 26 years.
His career at Michigan started as a graduate assistant strength coach on Bo Schembechler's football staff. After his graduate assistantship, Plocki was promoted to the title of coordinator of strength and conditioning. Under this title, he became the assistant strength coach for football and the coordinator of strength and conditioning for all other sports at Michigan. During this time, the Michigan Athletic Department won national championships in basketball, swimming, football, field hockey and softball and two national championships in ice hockey. He has coached numerous individual national champions as well All-America, All-Big Ten, All-Academic, Olympian, Heisman Trophy, Hobey Baker Trophy, NFL, NHL and NBA athletes. Plocki has been a part of many Big Ten, CCHA, Bowl, NIT, Final Four, Frozen Four, Super Six and College Softball World Series teams.
During his time at Michigan, Plocki has had the opportunity to personally work with every sports team. In 2001, Plocki was awarded an Honorary M from the Michigan Athletic Department for his dedicated service to Michigan Athletics.
Prior to joining the Michigan Staff, Plocki was a paid part-time strength coach on Joe Paterno's football staff. During his tenure at Penn State, the football team won a national championship and attended four bowl games. He was a dean's list recipient and named one of the 1988 Outstanding College Students while attending Penn State. Plocki occupied his free time during this period as a Class IV-V Whitewater Raft Guide.
Plocki is a native of Natrona Heights, Pa., and now resides in Saline, Mich., with his wife, Bev, who is the head coach of the Michigan women's gymnastics team. The couple has a daughter, Elizabeth, and son, Tyler.
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