Eric Klein is in his third season as the head strength and conditioning coach for University of Minnesota football. A Minnesota native, Klein has been coaching with head coach Jerry Kill for the past 19 years.
For three years prior to joining the Gopher staff, Klein served as the Director of Sports Performance at Northern Illinois, where he oversaw sports performance for all 17 sports. During Klein's three years at NIU, student-athletes in all sports made significant strides in strength, agility and endurance which positively impacted their competitive performances.
Klein coached at Southern Illinois from 2001-07. During his time at Southern Illinois, Klein designed the strength and conditioning programs for the five-time Missouri Valley Conference Champion Saluki men's basketball team and the three-time Gateway Conference Champion football team. Klein also helped design a new strength and conditioning center while he was at Southern Illinois.
Prior to taking on the strength and conditioning program, Klein coached the defensive line at SIU in 2000 and 2001. Klein coached the defensive line and implemented the strength and conditioning program at Emporia (Kan.) State from 1999-2000. He began his coaching career at Saginaw Valley State in 1994, where he designed and created the strength and conditioning program. He also served as an assistant football and track and field coach at Saginaw Valley.
Klein is a member of and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting and the National Association of Speed and Explosion. He is also a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Klein holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College and graduated from Apple Valley High School. He holds a master's degree from Emporia State.
Klein is married to the former Allison Temple and they have a daughter, Taegan.