Puls received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (Strength and Conditioning) at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse as well as a Master's of Education in Applied Kinesiology (Sport and Exercise Science) from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Prior to working for Notre Dame, Puls was a Strength and Conditioning Intern at Notre Dame in the summer of 2011 and worked in the same capacity for the Chicago Bulls during the 2011-12 basketball season. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2006 as a Non-Commissioned Officer, with two tours of duty to Iraq in 2004 and 2006.
As an athlete, Puls played rugby collegiately during his time at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse from 2007-2011. He is also CSCS certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Puls grew up in Manitowoc, Wisc., and currently resides in Mishawaka, Ind.