The University of Wisconsin-Superior has welcomed many new hires to the UWS campus this year.
One of the most notable additions to the Yellowjacket family has been the hiring of P.J. Piotrowski: the first-ever full-time strength and conditioning coach at UW-Superior.
“Definitely a daunting task, coming to a school that has zero strength and conditioning, from a formal standpoint,” said Piotrowski. “I think the other fun part when you flip it and look at it from the other side of the coin is that, hey, nobody has any of these preconceived notions of what this should be, what this looks like, or
how this is going to run. We have this blank canvas, so to speak, to be able to make our own masterpiece.”
Though it’s only been a few months since his debut, according to Hailey Atwood, a junior and volleyball athlete at UWS, it’s clear that Piotrowski’s “masterpiece” is already well on its way to creating a lasting mark on UWS athletics.
“I think P.J. brings a new and fresh perspective to UWS and has positively impacted the program. He brings a lot of drive and passion into the program through what he does and how he goes about the strength and conditioning sessions. You can tell that he wants everyone to improve and perform at their highest level, and he is excited to help us get to that point.”
Despite the job’s challenges, being the head of strength and conditioning at a school has always been a goal for Piotrowski. “This was always the big stepping stone,” said Piotrowski.
Piotrowski has accomplished his professional goal, but his biggest ambition is to positively impact the athletes he works with every day.
“If I can be the kind of person to help you out and make your experience here as a student-athlete a little bit more fun, or a little bit more enjoyable; and just be a good human being and help people along the way. I think that’s the biggest piece.”
Piotrowski continues his every day while overseeing more than 300 Yellowjacket athletes in 19 different sports programs here at UWS. From the
weight room to the court, the rink, or the field, Piotrowski is ‘lifting’ athletes to new heights.