Strength and Conditioning Director
Chuck Lobe was previously at Florida Atlantic University as Director and head strength and conditioning coach in January of 2012-December 2016. In this roll, Lobe took over the responsibility of integrating methods and philosophies of development, maintenance, and injury reduction with FAU's 20-intercollegiate teams, including more than 500 student athletes.
Lobe came to FAU from the University of Denver, where he was in his first season as its Director of strength and conditioning. He spent the previous three years in the same position for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning who advanced to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. With the Lightning, Lobe designed and implemented year-round performance-based training for the players. He also developed and instructed fitness testing for the Lightning organization as well as for prospects and training camps.
Before Tampa Bay, Lobe served as Director and head strength and conditioning coach for Minnesota State University, Mankato from 2004-08. He managed the strength and conditioning department which oversaw all 23 sport programs. Lobe was part of 18 conference championships and worked with more than 75 All-Americans. He also helped build the foundation which led to Minnesota State's 2009 NCAA women's basketball championship.
Prior to Minnesota State, Lobe spent over six years with various strength and conditioning programs with the University of Minnesota athletic department. Lobe began working with Minnesota student-athletes as an intern in 1998 and soon after became a graduate assistant, and soon after full-time assistant strength and conditioning coach. In that time, he was a part of eight NCAA championship teams, 19 individual NCAA champion athletes, 12 Big Ten champion teams, multiple individual conference champions and more than 120 All-Americans in a variety of sports at Minnesota.
West Campus Director
Josh is a 2006 Minnetonka High School graduate, where he played varsity lacrosse his junior and senior years; earning All-Conference 2ndTeam Honors as a senior and helping Minnetonka reach its first State Tournament.
After high school, Josh played lacrosse at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the MCLA for 4 years. While at Moorhead Josh recorded over 100 career points and earned Rookie of the Year, Offensive player of the Year 3x, All Conference Honorable Mention 3x and served as Team Captain as a junior and senior.
In 2011 graduated with a Major in Exercise Science and Minors in Strength and Conditioning program design, Coaching and History.
Since graduation, Josh has been coaching lacrosse in Minnetonka at multiple levels for over 10 years, from U12 to Varsity. As Head Coach he has led the U15A teams to back to back State Championships (2015 and 2016). As the Offensive Coordinator for the Varsity Lacrosse team, the team finished 3rd in the state in 2018 and Josh was nominated for Assistant Coach of the Year. He has been the Facility Director at Acceleration NW in Plymouth since 2012.
Director of Strength Training Hudson Campus
Travis grew up playing both hockey and soccer in Stillwater, MN. After graduating from high school in 2010, he continued his education at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science in 2016. Shortly after beginning college, Travis enlisted in the Army National Guard as a 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer completing a deployment to Kuwait during 2015 and completing his 8 year contract in early 2019.
After college, Travis got started at FHIT Hockey as an intern in Blaine in early 2016 before officially joining the staff that summer. The next year he gained experience as a strength and conditioning coach at both Breck School and Breakaway Academy/Hockey while still helping out at FHIT. Early in 2019, Travis returned to FHIT Hockey to be the face of the Strength and Conditioning at the East campus in Hudson, WI.
Travis's focus is on improving athlete’s strength as well as movement quality so they can transfer those improvements to the ice. Safety is of the utmost importance as he wants the training to complement what they are doing on the ice rather than taking away from it.
Lead Strength Coach Blaine Campus
Participating in high school football, wrestling and golf, Steve grew up as a multi-sport athlete in
Southern California. After high school, Steve played football at the collegiate level as an offensive lineman and was a 4-year starter with a highlighted junior year at Minot State University where his team made it to the NAIA’s Elite 8.
Steve has since coached football on multiple levels, from youth to college, most recently lending his talents to the Centennial High School football teams as one of the offensive
In 2013, Steve made a career change and earned his certification as a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Shortly after Steve also earned his certification for TRX suspension training and combined those disciplines together in order to pursue his passion of helping youth athletes achieve great physical development.
Steve has been the Centennial Cougar Boy’s Hockey strength coach since 2014 and the Centennial Youth Hockey Association strength coach since 2016. Steve’s mission is to help youth athletes get to the next level and take ownership of their own development though proper form, nutrition, hydration and recovery.
Steve brings high energy and motivation to his training sessions and takes great pride in
ensuring his athletes get stronger, faster and more explosive!
Kean Paxton grew up in Brooklyn Park, MN. Kean attended Osseo high school where he played 3 years of Varsity hockey and baseball. After graduating in 2010, he attended Waldorf College in Forest City IA to play baseball. From there he went north to play baseball at Bemidji State University.
Kean has been training athletes since 2013. He has worked with the Wayzata, Coon Rapids, Anoka, and Champlain Park youth hockey associations over those years. Additionally, he has led the Champlain Park boys high school hockey pre-season strength program the last two years.
Erik grew up playing baseball in Bloomington, MN. Graduating from Bloomington Jefferson, Erik won all-conference awards in 2012 and 2013 as well as academic all-state as a senior. He represented the Jaguars at the Lions All-Star game as a senior in 2013. In addition to high school ball, Erik was a member of the Minnesota Blizzard Elite club team from 2008-2013. Through the Blizzard, he was selected to compete at the midwest regional tryout for the Area Code games in both 2011 and 2012.
Post high school, Erik played baseball at the Division II level for Concordia Saint Paul. There, he was a member of a perennial contender in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and was a part of the Bears’ second place campaign in 2016. Erik won awards for academic all-conference in the NSIC as well as the Myles Brand award for academic all-conference with high distinction during his time at Concordia. Erik also represented his team in the athletic department as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2017, Erik earned his certification as a strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA and has been working as a trainer for Acceleration Northwest. Through Acceleration, Erik has worked with athletes of all sports and age groups to develop strength and explosiveness. He currently coaches baseball for the Blizzard, and has been in charge of implementing off-season long toss programs for Wayzata and Maple Grove youth baseball organizations.