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12 September 2010


Nice try, tUMD. Did you think I wouldn’t find out?

No one bothered to give me the memo that Justin May isn’t the strength and conditioning coach for hockey anymore. I had to find out when I was messing around on the website and happened to see that there was a blank picture and this guy Blake Palmer’s name underneath it.

Let me copy word-for-word what tUMD’s website says about Mr. Palmer:

Making his debut with the UMD hockey program this fall is strength and conditioning coach Blake Palmer, who spent the past three years handling that same role with the United States Hockey League’s Waterloo Blackhawks.

While working in Waterloo (where he also served for two seasons as the team’s equipment manager), Palmer helped over 50 athletes realized their dream of playing NCAA I hockey and nine get selected in the National Hockey League draft. He also spent two years as a strength & conditioning coach for the XL Sports Acceleration Program while also working with the Blackhawks. While working here he had the opportunity to train current San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski. Before and during his first season with the Blackhawks he was also a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Division-I University of Northern Iowa. As a graduate assistant he worked with extensively with Women’s Softball and Men’s & Women’s Track & Field with the men’s program being a perennial top ten program. While also spending time with Men’s & Women’s Basketball and Football. While working as a graduate assistant he had the opportunity to train and coach with one of the world’s foremost Olympic weightlifting minds and former Chinese Olympic Weightlifter Jianping Ma who has coached three world record holders in Olympic weightlifting.

Palmer, a native of Northwood, Iowa, earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006 in exercise science and completed his coursework for his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2008.

Palmer is originally from Northwood, Iowa, In his spare time he enjoys traveling, biking, the outdoors, and Olympic Weightlifting. He resides in Superior, Wis. with his dog Maverick.


Another problem: I noticed that not only does Mr. Palmer not have a photo, but neither does Brett Larson. I do NOT like to be deprived of photos of Le Larson!!!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 September 2010 4:20 am

    >But hey, guess what, bloggers? You can not re-post an entire article, written by someone else, and then toss in a sentence or two of "analysis" and count that as original. You can't do that whether you cite the source or whether you link the source.

  2. 12 September 2010 4:39 am

    >Maybe it was an accidental thing? I'm sure that sometimes "Let me copy word-for-word" can be interpreted to mean "i'm making my best effort to not infringe" … right?

  3. 12 September 2010 4:42 am

    >I was also curious if UMD uses the same odd arrangement of white space on their site as we see above. But alas, there is no link to the source.

  4. 12 September 2010 5:19 am

    >This isn't a newspaper article.

  5. 12 September 2010 6:00 am

    >Teasing aside; I'm sure the school doesn't mind it in the least. It's just positive program information getting an additional outlet than just their site. Unless we're talking about UA_ … because they'd be on ya like white on rice for it.But … give em a courtesy link eh? I know you're nice like that.

  6. 13 September 2010 8:28 pm

    >It's not linkable. UMD's player and coach bios are not in a unique page; it's sort of like a pop-up, but not really. If I were webby-techy I'd know the term. Dirty?

  7. 23 September 2010 7:29 pm

    >There was a News Tribune paragraph about the new strength & conditioning guy, I believe in the same article that mentioned Cody Danberg's injury and titled 'Bulldogs are already on the ice.' The news of it leaves the question of.. who is going to be Bruce's color guy this year?


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