After three seasons at the University of Iowa, Dustyn Baethke has been hired as Eastern Washington University’s new Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance. In leading Eastern’s strength and conditioning department, he replaces Nate Brookreson, who left EWU for Memphis just before the new sports season began for the Eagles in August.
Baethke, 28, spent the last three years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Iowa. He originally played football and graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and received his master’s degree at Boise State.
He will work primarily with the Eagle football team, as well as other sports at EWU. Amir Owens, Mark Jamison and John Lockwood helped fill the void this fall after the departure of Brookreson.
While at Iowa, Baethke (pronounced “beth-key”) worked with athletes from football in all facets of strength and conditioning. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant from August 2009 to August 2010 at Boise State where he worked primarily with wrestling and the women’s swimming and diving teams. He also worked with football and other Olympic sports, and received his master’s degree in 2012 after accumulating a 3.84 grade point average.
He also spent the summer of 2009 as an intern at Iowa, and as an intern at his alma mater from May 2008 to May 2009.
A native of Williamsburg, Iowa, he received his bachelor’s degree at Central College in 2007 with a double major in exercise science and mathematics. He played there as a defensive back in the 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons. He was twice a team captain, and earned All-Iowa Conference second team honors as a junior.
He graduated in 2003 from Williamsburg High School where he participated in football, basketball, baseball and track as a prep.
Baethke is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and USA Weightlifting (USAW). He is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and certified through the CSCCa as Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC). In addition, Baethke is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach certified by the USAW, and is a Level 1 Certified FMS Professional through Functional Movement Systems.
Baethke was born April 9, 1985, in Algona, Iowa.