This week on iTunes, Stitcher and Spreaker, STT interviews a coach that likes getting on the ice. Mike Potenza is the Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator. He’s responsible for the team’s overall strength and conditioning programs — including the physical testing and evaluation at training camp, creation of individualized postseason workout programs and assistance in the rehabilitation efforts for all injured players. Before coming to San Jose, Potenza served as the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s hockey teams, both of which were NCAA National Champions. There, he worked with current Sharks Joe Pavelski and Adam Burish. Potenza also had responsibilities with the wrestling and softball programs at Wisconsin. A Springfield College graduate, Potenza earned his Bachelor of Science degree in applied exercise science. From there, the Providence, R.I., native went to Boston University where he was a graduate assistant, earning his master’s degree in human movement science.

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