Football Practice - 08-06-14 - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Joey Boese (pronounced boze-EH) enters his fourth 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.
Boese has been fundamental in the success of the Fresno State program, as the Bulldogs won back-to-back Mountain West Championships in his first two seasons working with the team and won the league's west division title in 2014. The back-to-back titles marked the first time since 1992 and 1993 that Fresno State had won league championships in consecutive seasons.
In his first three seasons at Fresno State, Boese helped develop a total of 14 first-team All-Mountain West selections, which is the most from any one school in the conference. There have also been six players drafted under Boese in his first three years at the school.
In 2012, his first season at Fresno State, Boese was instrumental in preparing the Bulldogs physically to make the change from a pro style to a spread offense and from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.
He was able to build off that foundation and helped the team achieve greater success in 2013 when the 'Dogs tied the program record for wins in a season with 11 and were ranked as high as No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Behind Boese's work getting the team in shape, Fresno State ranked No. 4 in the FBS by running 83.7 plays per game on offense in 2013.
His work was fundamental with a youthful 2014 roster that saw Fresno State play 22 players who saw either their first Division I action or played in their first games as a Bulldog. In that number was eight true freshman, all of whom Boese prepped in the summer to be ready to see the gridiron that fall.
Prior to joining the Fresno State staff, Boese was the first assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Aggie football team from 2008-11. In that role, he instructed all phases of the team's training program, including implementing speed and burst workouts, teaching Olympic and technical lifts and preparing athletes for the NFL combine. During his stay in College Station, Texas A&M advanced to the Independence, Cotton and the Meineke Car Care Bowl where the Aggies defeated Northwestern on Dec. 31, 2011 with DeRuyter as the interim head coach.
Boese also worked as the head strength and conditioning coach for the baseball squad from August 2009 to July 2011, 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.
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 1998-2001, 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 his final three campaigns.
Boese continued his playing career in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders from 2003-06, where he was the league's second-leading tackler in 2004 and was nominated for the CFL's Rookie of the Year award in 2003.
After his playing career, he served 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 a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
He and his wife Aimee have two sons, Sam and Ben.
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