Mark Asanovich recently completed his fifteenth season as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in professional football with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (UFL). A fourteen-year National Football League (NFL) veteran, Asanovich was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars on February 1, 2003 after spending six seasons as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for Head Coach Tony Dungy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2002 season as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Prior to that he served as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 1995
Prior to joining the Vikings, Asanovich served as the strength & conditioning coach at Anoka High School (Minneapolis, Minnesota) from 1987-95. During his tenure there, the school captured state football championships in 1990 and 1994. Anoka also won state titles in soccer (1989), wrestling (1991), and basketball (1992). Asanovich came to Anoka after spending 1986 in a similar capacity at The Citadel.
Recognized in Who's Who Among American Teachers, Asanovich was a contributing author in Death in the Locker Room II: Drugs and Sports (Elite Sports Medicine Publishers, 1993), and High Intensity Strength Training (Perigue Books: Putnam Publishing, 1993). He has also published articles in The High Intensity Training Newsletter, The Conditioning Quarterly, and the Minnesota High School League Bulletin. Asanovich earned his bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University and his master’s in exercise science from The Ohio State University.
As a clinician, Asanovich has spoken nationally and abroad. He spoke annually in Japan at the Strong-S NFL Japan Football Clinic from 1998-2008. He has also spoken at such national events as: the 1998 American Football Quarterly University, the 1998 and 2005 Nike Coach Of The Year Football Clinic, the 1994 Minnesota HPERD State Convention, 1994 ACSM Northland Fall Tutorial, 1993 New Jersey HPERD State Convention, 1987-95 Midwest Strength & Conditioning Seminars, 1992 University of Toledo Strength Clinic, 1991 MSHSCA All-Star Clinic, 1989 Coach of the Year Clinic, 1989 McGregor-Nautilus Clinic, 1985 NSCA National Convention etc. He has also served as a clinician/faculty member for the American College of Sports Medicine, Hamline University, and St. Thomas University (St. Paul, Minnesota).
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Asanovich played guard and linebacker at Duluth East High School.