Last updated on June 12, 2013
Joey Boese (pronounced boze-EH) is in his second 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.
In 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. The Bulldogs responded by winning a share of their first conference championship in 13 seasons.
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, 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 most recently, the Meineke Car Care Bowl where the Aggies defeated Northwestern on Dec. 31, 2011.
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 married the former Aimee Croft in the summer of 2012 and the couple is expecting their first baby this fall.