Drew Petersen (‘91, Physical Education) is the strength and conditioning coach for the Humboldt State athletic department. He began the strength and conditioning program at HSU in 1991 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the year round strength and conditioning program for all HSU sports. Petersen has coached 55 strength and conditioning All-Americans and mentored and developed numerous strength and conditioning coaches throughout the years, many of whom have gone on to become Division I, II and III coaches as well as a head NFL strength and conditioning coach.
As a faculty member in the department of Kinesiology, Petersen teaches all of the strength fitness and weight training courses, inspiring students to incorporate concepts of health and fitness into their daily lives.
Petersen is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and United States Weightlifting as a Level 1 Coach. He was recently awarded the NSCA’s CSCS-E, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Emeritus, the highest level of certification in the field with 25+ years of service. In 2015, Petersen was recognized as a finalist for the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award at the annual National Strength and Conditioning Association convention.