Sept. 10, 2014

ROCHESTER, Mich. - Terry Sauerbry has been named the new director of strength and conditioning for Oakland, announced ​by the athletics department on Wednesday​. Sauerbry ​will oversee the strength and conditioning program for the Golden Grizzlies' 18 intercollegiate sports.

"My family and I are excited to join the Oakland community," said Sauerbry. "I am thrilled with the opportunity to join the Oakland University Athletics Department. I am looking forward to working with all the administration, coaches and student-athletes. Our goal in Strength and Conditioning is provide our student-athletes the necessary training to propel our teams to the top of the Horizon League and to be a top-10 Athletic Department within our Division I classification. See the Bear, Be the Bear, Wear the Bear!"

​Prior to Oakland, Sauerbry was the head strength coach at Missouri State​. He was responsible for the coordination and implementation of all aspects of the strength and conditioning training regimens for 16 intercollegiate sports. He was also instrumental in the design and layout of a new 2,500 square foot basketball strength and conditioning facility.

"I view coaches, including strength and conditioning coaches, as teachers who blend motivation, strategy, and instruction to assist student-athletes in achieving individual and team goals," said former Interim Director of Athletics Robby Stewart. "To assess our candidates teaching abilities we asked them to demonstrate their styles with four former student-athletes, two females and two males. Terry started by requesting the music in the weight room be turned off indicating he wanted no distractions while he was teaching, and he did use the word `teaching' without prompting. I was especially impressed at one point of the demonstration when he asked the former student-athletes to do pushups and provided individual, hands-on, instruction to correct unique elements in the form of each student-athlete. Terry used anatomical terminology to specify his points and explain exactly what he wanted each of them to modify and why he wanted it modified. At the close of the demonstration one of the former student-athletes asked if Terry would permit music in the weight room if he got the position. Terry replied that the music could return once the student-athletes demonstrated they had learned the lessons and could do the training exercises properly and safely. This proved to me and the rest of the committee this was the strength coach we wanted to lead our student-athletes in the weight room."

Sauerbry also spent time at Rhode Island where he established the Rhode Island athletics strength and conditioning program where none had previously existed. Other stints include being the associate strength coach at Temple from 1998-2005 and an assistant strength coach at Maryland from 1997-98.

A graduate of Maryland where he competed as a student-athlete on the football team, Sauerbry received a bachelor's degree in Kinesiological Sciences in 1998. He earned his master's degree in Sports Administration from Temple in 2000.


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