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'Blugold Spotlight' features Zac Ruch

| Jesse Yang (story + video)

Performance takes on new meaning for more than 700 Blugold athletes when they step into the care of Zac Ruch, the head strength and performance coach at UW-Eau Claire.

From getting proper nutrition and sleep to strength and conditioning exercises, Ruch makes sure athletes are physically trained and mentally prepared for competition.

Originally from Monroe, Ruch was a teacher and coach at a Wisconsin school for eight years and later coached in the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball organization before coming back to the Midwest to accept the strength and performance coach position at UW-Eau Claire in 2017.

“I work with the athletic teams to train in speed work, footwork, strength, flexibility, mobility, recovery measures, keeping track of nutrition, sleep — all of those different things that can really help performance.”

When hard work pays off, students aren’t the only ones celebrating victory. Ruch enjoys helping people be the best version of themselves by helping them perform and achieve their best.

"When someone is trying something new for the first time, there's this nervousness — that feeling of discomfort — and when they're able to master a task, and you can see the excitement and confidence in their face, in their performance, in the way they carry themselves — that has to be my favorite part by far.

“UW-Eau Claire has been incredibly supportive in everything that I’ve done. I couldn’t ask for better people to work with, better student-athletes, better coaches, administration, general campus population — everyone has been outstanding. Go Blugolds!"