The Sports Performance Department embraces the mission of both the Athletic Department and the University. In addition, it is the mission of the Sports Performance staff to enhance each Golden Eagle athlete's athletic ability, while minimizing the risk of injury, in assisting them to achieve peak performance in their respective sport.
Sports Performance Staff
Director of Sports Performance
Adam Hermann was hired just prior to the 2011-12 competition year as ORU's Director of Sports Performance. He came to ORU from Central Michigan, where he served as the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning, working mainly with men's and women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball. He also designed and directed the nutrition education program for the Olympic sports.
Familiar with the Summit League, Hermann spent six years (2004-10) at North Dakota State, working as both a graduate assistant, and the assistant strength and conditioning coach.
He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in health education. Hermann has his Level 1 Sports Performance Certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, adult CPR certified and earned Bronze Level Coach status with USA wrestling in 2001.
Assistant Director of Sports Performance
Bradley Ruhanen came to ORU in September, 2011, joining the Golden Eagles from North Dakota State, where he was a graduate assistant, working with football, men's golf, the men's and women's throwers, wrestling and softball programs.
Before going to NDSU, Ruhanen was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Michigan Technological University for one year. Ruhanen also has experience as a graduate assistant football coach.
Ruhanen graduated from Michigan Tech with a degree in management information systems after finishing up a four-year playing career as a wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner. He was the team captain and named the most outstanding freshman during the 2002 season.
Ruhanen has reached Level 1 Sports Performance Certification through the USAW and is CPR/AED certified.
ORU Sports Performance Philosophy
Our philosophy is to create a culture and an atmosphere that is conducive to winning and training. Athlete training programs will be designed based on the specific movements and physiological demands of each sport. Strength development, power development, speed, agility, quickness, conditioning, flexibility, injury prevention, and sports nutrition will be emphasized for each athlete in order to maximize their potential. A free weight approach with ground based movements and Olympic lifts will be utilized in the weight room.
Each and every student-athlete that is a part of the sports performance program will be exposed to a hands-on coaching style by the strength and conditioning staff. Just like the athlete is coached by their sport coach out on the field or court, they will be coached in the weight room by a member of the strength and conditioning staff. Our strength and conditioning coaches will be great teachers, great leaders and will demand great effort. We will teach and coach the athlete so that they are educated about why they are performing various movements and exercises.
We will create a culture and an atmosphere that allows our athletes to train at a championship level each and every day. Our culture will be built upon the values of hard work, commitment, pride, passion, mental and physical toughness, leadership and trust. We will respect those values in our approach to training day in and day out. We will realize that everything starts with an attitude and we will build upon that attitude to train at an extremely high level in order to meet and exceed expectations and goals.