Indiana State Strength Clinics


Roger Marandino, MSCC

Four seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2012, Marandino installed a new strength and conditioning program, which helped assist the team to three consecutive 11-5 records and playoff berths, including the AFC South Division Title in 2013 and 2014. Marandino, who holds 23 years of experience in the field, came to Indianapolis from the Philadelphia Eagles, where he served as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach for the 2011 season.

From 1995-2011, Marandino served as the director of strength and conditioning for Brown University, which holds the third-largest athletic program in the country. He was responsible for developing and implementing all components of the school’s classic Olympic-style program with an emphasis on proper training and technique.

Marandino also holds two years of experience as the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Connecticut from 1993-95. His focus was mainly on the school’s football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer and baseball teams. During his stay, Marandino was a Health, Fitness and Weight Training Instructor at UConn for the Department of Exercise, Sport and Leisure. He instructed undergraduate and graduate students during a 16-week credit course that included nutrition, cardiovascular, weight training and fundamental principles of health and wellness.

Following his graduation from Kean University of New Jersey, Marandino held a strength and conditioning internship at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He also earned his master’s degree from UConn with a concentration on biomechanics and motor control.

In 2000, Marandino was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. He holds a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association CSSS Certification as well as being a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA. Marandino also holds the Master Strength Coach Distinction, which he was honored with in May of 2012 from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association. He has also been an NSCA National Conference speaker, giving 10 presentations at NSCA conferences.

A former drug-free power lifting competitor, Marandino has won three national championships.

Marandino and his wife, Caroline, have two daughters, Annabella and Susanna. He is a native of Vineland, N.J.

Keith Caton, MSCC, CSCS

Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced the hire Keith Caton as the Hoosiers staff as head strength and conditioning coach on Jan. 14, 2016. Caton arrives in Bloomington after a four-year stint at Baylor University.

“Keith’s skill set and personality are a perfect fit for us,” Wilson said. “Studying the Baylor program from afar, their style of play and player development has been remarkable and we wanted to target someone with that pedigree. We found that in Keith. He is a dynamic leader with great ideas, tremendous energy and a strong coaching background. This position is one of the most critical within a football program, and we are very confident in Keith leading our athletic performance. We welcome him and his family to IU.”

Caton served as Baylor’s director of football for athletic performance. The Bears posted a 40-12 record in his four seasons and just capped off their third straight 10-win campaign.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be a Hoosier and to work for Coach Wilson and his staff," Caton said. "The leadership that Coach Wilson has shown has set IU up to be a successful program not only in the Big Ten but nationally. I am truly honored to be a part of Hoosier Nation and cannot wait to get to work. Go IU!"

Caton owns 17 years of experience with stops at Western Kentucky University (2011-12, 2004-05), the University of Missouri (2005-10), Elon University (2003-04), Auburn University (2001-03) and the University of Southern Mississippi (1999-2001).

At WKU, he assisted with football all four years and led all aspects of strength and conditioning for men’s basketball (2004-05), baseball (2011-12) and track and field (2011-12).

He was named assistant strength and conditioning director at Missouri in August of 2005. Caton served as the Director of the Mizzou Performance Club, assisted with football and led the design and implementation of programs for baseball and wrestling.

In January of 2004, Caton was promoted to head strength and conditioning coach at Elon, where he oversaw the development of all varsity sports.

Caton graduated from Auburn with an educational specialist degree in 2003. He helped with football, baseball and softball while overseeing equestrian.

A four-year player at Southern Miss, Caton remained with USM following his playing days as strength and conditioning graduate assistant from June of 1999 to May of 2001. He received both his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1999 in exercise physiology and his master’s in May of 2001 in coaching/sports administration from his alma mater.

In addition to his football duties at Baylor, Caton taught a master’s level course as an adjunct professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Caton holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Keith and his wife, Adriene, have three children, Kade, Weslie and Kole.

Luke Harris, CSCS, SCCC

Luke Harris is in his second year as Whiteland Community High School’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Harris oversees the design and implementation of the athletic performance program for all sports teams. He also oversees the middle school strength & conditioning camps as well as WCHS’s adult fitness classes.

Previous to his position here, Harris served as the Assistant Strength and Condoning Coach for Indiana State University's Athletic Department.  As an assistant he worked with the men's and women's track team, women's soccer team, baseball team, and assisted the director of strength and condoning with football.  Prior to being hired as a full time assistant, Harris served as a graduate assistant coach and worked with the softball team, men's and women's track team, and men's basketball team.  Harris has coached several athletes that reached the status of All-American, professional athlete (MLB and Adidas), and even an Olympian.

Harris holds two professional certifications including Certified Strength and Condoning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and Strength and Condoning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the CSCCa.  He is also USAW certified. Harris attended Indiana State University where he played football and received his BS in Exercise Science and MS in Exercise Science.  He currently resides in Whiteland with his wife Alexandra.

Kellen Norris, MS, LAT, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer Kellen Norris enters his third season with the Colts as a full-time assistant athletic trainer. Norris started with the team as a summer intern from 2007-09 before working as a seasonal intern from 2011-12. He then worked as an assistant athletic trainer for the Indiana State University football team in 2013. Norris will serve his first year on the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society USA Football Committee Chair in 2016. He is originally from Casey, Ill. and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Indiana State in 2009. Norris also earned his master’s degree in athletic training from West Virginia University in 2011.

Lauren Link, RD

Lauren Link joined the Sports Medicine & Sports Performance staffs in January 2014. In July she became Purdue’s first full-time Registered Dietitian. Prior to returning to her alma matter, Lauren worked as a floating clinical dietitian with St. Vincent Health and Touchpoint Support Services.

In addition to overseeing the department, Lauren’s primary responsibilities are to meet all of the nutritional needs of the varsity sports, including one-on-one nutrition counseling, team nutrition education, meal planning and dietary supplementation. She specifically works with football, men’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, and tennis. Lauren also co-instructs the Sports Nutrition Education course which provides the Sports Nutrition program with undergraduate volunteers.

Lauren earned her Bachelor's degrees in Dietetics and in Nutrition, Fitness and Health from Purdue, where she was a member of the women's soccer team from 2007 to 2011 and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Lauren is actively pursuing an advanced credential as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).

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