Zemke chosen as Athletic Performance coach

APPLETON, Wis. -- Brandon Zemke has been named the new Head Athletic Performance Coach at Lawrence University, Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray announced today.

Zemke joins the Lawrence staff after serving as the assistant athletic performance coach at the University of Vermont since January 2013. Zemke emerged from a national search to replace Tyler Ayers, who resigned to take a similar position in his home state of Florida.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to be the next Athletic Performance Coach at Lawrence," Zemke said. "On my visit, I was extremely impressed with the available resources and the staff at Lawrence. I am looking forward to working with the rest of the Department of Athletics staff to have the highest impact possible on our student-athletes. As the Athletic Performance Coach, I will work to increase performance on the field while teaching values that will carry over into the rest of their lives."

In his work at Vermont, Zemke designed and implemented the strength/speed/conditioning programs for women's basketball, women's swimming, women's lacrosse and men's and women's track and field. He also assisted with men's hockey, men's lacrosse and men's basketball. Zemke also served as the research coordinator, and in that capacity, he looked into trends and training concepts that could be implemented across all of Vermont's performance training.

"I am truly excited to have Brandon joining us as our Head Athletic Performance Coach," Abaray said. "With his own Division III athletics experience, his depth and breadth of knowledge in athletic performance enhancement and his professional experiences at academically challenging institutions, Lawrence student-athletes are in talented and highly qualified hands."

Zemke is a native of Deer Park, Wis., and was a prep athlete at Amery High School. An offensive lineman on the football team at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Zemke earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2008. He went on to earn a master's degree in exercise and sport science from UW-La Crosse in 2010.

"I also really appreciated Brandon's understanding and articulation of the overall larger mission of the higher education environment that we are all here to produce the future leaders of the world and each of us has a role in their development," Abaray said. "We continue to make strides in improving the quality athletics experience of our student-athletes. Having Brandon at the helm of athletic performance here at Lawrence is a significant step in this direction."

After completing internships with the football program at the University of Iowa and in the department of athletics at the University of Minnesota, Zemke spent the 2011-12 academic year as the interim assistant strength and conditioning coach at Dartmouth College.