Mike Kozak graduated from Ohio State University in 2001 with a B.S. in
Sport Performance and Coaching and a Masterís Degree in Sport and Exercise
Education. In 2004, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He
has also added a Speed and Agility certification through the International
Youth Conditioning Association.
After graduation from Ohio State, Mike was a physical education teacher at
a variety of Columbus Public elementary schools. He also coached 6th grade
basketball and worked in conjunction with the G2 basketball camps. In
2002, he created Soar of Columbus with his business partner Nate Fugitt.
In between 2002 and 2006, Mike trained youth athletes in a variety of
settings throughout Central Ohio including Marysville, Hilliard and
Worthington. In 2006, Soar opened its first facility in Lewis Center.
There he has trained hundreds of youth athletes as well as a number of
current and prospective college and pro athletes. In addition to his
duties at Soar, Mike is also working with the NFL as a National Field
Supervisor for NFL Regional Combines.
Two simple qualities guide Mikeís training philosophy - expert teaching
and sound program design tailored to the individual. Youth athletes
receive the teaching that is necessary to establish a sound base of
strength and speed technique. Advanced high school and college/pro
athletes are trained in a manner that best prepares them for their sport
or event. No gimmicks, no bells and whistles - just coaching at the