Craig Cheek is entering his sixth year at the University of Notre Dame, and second as assistant director of strength and conditioning, having been elevated to his current role in February 2011. He is responsible for designing the strength and conditioning programs for the Fighting Irish women's basketball and baseball programs, as well as coordinating all strength camps/clinics and supervising development of a comprehensive website for the strength and conditioning department.
Before arriving at Notre Dame, Cheek was the head strength and conditioning coach at Nicholls State (La.) University for two years. There, he oversaw all varsity athletic programs and supervised the strength & conditioning staff.
Cheek also spent one year (2004-05) as an assistant strength coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. At UMD, he worked directly with the Bulldogs' football and women's basketball teams, while also supervising strength and conditioning programs for baseball and women's tennis. In addition, Cheek conducted sport-specific measures of speed, strength and agility at Duluth while providing nutrition and supplement education to student-athletes and facilitating workouts for summer strength camp participants.
A 1997 graduate of Bluffton (Ohio) University with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, Cheek went on to earn his master's degree in developmental kinesiology from Bowling Green State University in 2004. Cheek is also SCCC certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.