USD Athletics announces two new hires The University of South Dakota athletic department has announced that Chris Kirckof has been named the school's new strength and conditioning coach and Amil Anderson has been named as a sports information coordinator. "We're pleased that Chris and Amil are joining our staff," said USD Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. "Both are very qualified individuals who will fit in well at USD." Kirckof comes to USD from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he served as the head of football and basketball strength conditioning for three years. He also served as assistant strength and conditioning coach. At UMD, he designed, organized and implemented all aspects of football training, plus also worked with testing and evaluation of athletes. He also assisted UMD's men's and women's hockey program along with several other sports. Kirckof is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kirckof earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Minnesota-Duluth in 2006 and his master's degree in education from the school in 2009. Kirckof replaces David Frazier, who resigned earlier this summer. Anderson joins the USD athletic department after spending the past two seasons at the University of Nebraska. During his time in Lincoln, Anderson worked as the primary contact for wrestling and women's soccer, handling all day-to-day media relations, producing media guides and maintaining the sport pages on Huskers.com. His 2008 women's soccer guide was named "Best in the District" and third in the nation by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He hosted the 2009 Big 12 Wrestling Championships, while also volunteering at the 2008 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. Anderson also assisted in media relations with the Husker football program and provided gameday staff for basketball and baseball. Prior to his time at NU, Anderson worked with the NBA D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce during the 2006-07 season. Serving as the media relations intern, he composed all postgame recaps for home games, while also assisting in postgame press conferences. A native of Newcastle, WY, Anderson graduated from Augustana College (SD) in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He ran cross country and track and field for the Vikings, including leading the 2006 cross country squad to the national meet as a captain. Anderson replaces Crystal Kruger, who resigned earlier this summer.
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