|Position:||Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Olympic Sports|
J.D. Mehlhorn joined the Georgia State Athletics Department in June 2018 and currently serves as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports.
He previously served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Football team at Connecticut for two years. As part of his role at UConn, he assisted the Director of Football Strength and Conditioning with all aspects of training for the team. His additional responsibilities included acting as a liaison to incoming student-athletes, coordinating the internship program, and handling the team’s nutritional supplements.
Prior to UConn, Mehlhorn served as an Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at Minnesota from 2015-2017. In his time there, he oversaw all aspects of strength and conditioning for the baseball team, men’s track and field/cross country, as well as the men’s/women’s diving teams. Furthermore, he assisted with the training for the men’s/women’s hockey teams, while also maintaining an athlete fueling station and helping develop the internship program.
Before being hired at Minnesota, Mehlhorn completed a graduate assistantship at Appalachian State. There, he directed strength and conditioning for the men’s/women’s tennis teams, while also assisting with the training for the football team and the men’s/women’s basketball teams. Mehlhorn’s other coaching experiences included working with Olympic, professional, small college, high school, and youth athletes in a variety of settings.
Mehlhorn played football at Bethel University (MN) where he majored in biokinetics and physics while minoring in mathematics. Mehlhorn received multiple honors during his playing career including being named: Academic All-American, Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Bob Stein Scholar-Athlete of the Year through the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation, and two-time MIAC All-Conference.
Mehlhorn earned his master’s degree from Appalachian State studying Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. Mehlhorn is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS & RSCC), as well as USA Weightlifting (Level 1 Sports Performance Coach), and is a Reflexive Performance Reset Pro- Level 2. Mehlhorn and his wife, Katie, currently reside in Decatur.