Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
Brad Ohrt begins his 17th season in college football, and third at Northern Illinois, as Director of Sports Performance. Named to the position on December 21, 2010, Ohrt came to NIU after three seasons at Western Carolina, where he was director of strength and conditioning from 2008-10. Ohrt spent the 2007 football season on the strength staff of the Miami Dolphins and previously served as head strength coach at Western Kentucky (2005-07) and Louisiana-Lafayette (2002-05).
At ULL, Ohrt was responsible for developing and implementing programs for almost all of the Ragin' Cajuns athletic programs, including football, men's basketball and baseball, while his duties at Western Kentucky included overseeing the entire strength and conditioning operation while working directly with the Hilltopper football program.
Ohrt's first head strength and conditioning coaching position was at Wingate University in 1997-98 after earning his master's degree from Kansas in 1997, where he was a graduate assistant strength coach for the Jayhawks.
He served as an assistant strength coach at USC from 1998-2001, working primarily with the Trojan men's and women's basketball teams in addition to assisting with the USC football program. Ohrt spent 2001-02 on staff at Western Carolina where he helped develop the WCU men's and women's basketball, football and baseball teams as well as seven other programs.
The New Ulm, Minn. native was an All-American offensive lineman at Appalachian State in 1994 and earned All-Southern Conference honors his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he was named a first-team FCS All-American by The Sports Network and Don Hansen's Football Gazette, and was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He was a three-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers before earning his bachelor's degree in exercise science.
Ohrt is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Ohrt and his wife Ashley welcomed their first child, son Carson, last summer.