Hope Athletics Podcast: Dan Margritz, Strength and Conditioning

Dan Margritz poses for a portrait wearing a blue sport coat, white button-up shirt and an orange tie.
Dan Margritz, Hope College strength and conditioning coach

Last Friday, Dan Margritz woke up at 3:45 a.m. and ate chicken enchilada lasagna for breakfast. He headed over to Hope College, then put in about 30,000 steps as strength and conditioning coach, or about 15 miles, before the day ended.

Life as a strength and conditioning coach is, without a question, different.

Margritz, however, loves every busy second of his day. He fuels himself so that he can train Hope College student-athletes, be a good husband and a loving father.

Margritz is this week’s guest in the Hope College Athletics Orange and Blue Podcast. He chatted with sports information director Alan Babbitt about his unusual schedule, his twin toddler daughters, and his love of Memphis barbecue.

A man constantly on the move, Margritz has been nimble the past six months. He has helped Hope student-athletes remain in top shape despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Margritz creatively designed and implemented safe outdoor and indoor workouts. He continued to inspire those around him with his never-ending enthusiasm and energy.

This is Margritz’s fifth year at Hope. He also is an assistant football coach who oversees linebackers.

Read a written transcript of the podcast interview.

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