Last updated on Aug. 9, 2012
Joey Boese (pronounced boze-EH) enters his first season as the strength and conditioning coach for the Bulldog football team. Boese, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, came to Fresno State after four years at Texas A&M, the last two of which were spent working with Bulldog head coach Tim DeRuyter.
From 2008-11, Boese was the first assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Aggie football team. In that role, he instructed all phases of the team's training program, including implementing speed and burst workouts and preparing athletes for the NFL combine. During his tenure the Aggies had eight NFL draft picks, including the No. 2 overall pick, Von Miller, in the 2011 NFL Draft and the No. 8 overall pick, Ryan Tannehill, in the 2012 draft. Texas A&M advanced to the Independence, Cotton and Meineke Car Care Bowls during his tenure with the football program.
From August 2009 to July 2011, Boese also worked as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Aggie baseball squad, helping the Aggies reach the 2011 College World Series. He helped train eight Major League Baseball Draft picks in 2011, as well as the sixth player chosen in the 2010 Draft in pitcher Barret Loux in addition to the 15th and 19th overall picks in the 2012 draft in Tyler Naquin and Michael Wacha.
The Irvine, Calif., native starred at Mater Dei High School in Orange County before earning a scholarship to play football at Wisconsin. He was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner as a defensive back for the Badgers from 1998-01, and was a part of one Sun Bowl and two Rose Bowl championship squads. He also was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick.
Boese continued his playing career in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders from 2003-06, where he was the league's second-leading tackler in 2004 and earned a spot on the West Division All-Star Team. In 2003, he was nominated for the CFL's Rookie of the Year award.
After his playing career, he served as an assistant strength and conditioning and safeties coach at Emporia State in Kansas and was a football video intern at Nebraska in 2007.
Boese earned his bachelor's degree in communication arts from Wisconsin in December 2002, and also obtained his Master of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State in December 2008. He is married to the former Aimee Croft.