Bryan Gatzke, MS, CSCS, PES, CES
Division Chair, Assistant Professor of Health and Movement Science
Bryan Gatzke MS, CSCS, PES, CES, is assistant professor in the Division of Health and Movement Science at Graceland University and has been the Division Chair since 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Fitness Management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside as a first generation student and attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he completed a Master of Science in Human and Sport Performance with an emphasis in Applied Sport Science. At University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gatzke earned a graduate assistantship for sport performance through his work in the Human Performance Center where he worked with many Division III sports teams. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Science in Human and Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Gatzke is passionate about the development and performance training of adolescent athletes, the performance capabilities of middle and high school athletes, and utilizing an holistic sports medicine model in athlete development. His dissertation addresses The Effects of an 8-week Anterior Pelvic Training Program on Vertical Jump Capabilities in Female Volleyball Athletes, which he intends to complete in the summer of 2020.
Gatzke has worked with various levels of athletes ranging from general population personal training to middle and high school level. He utilizes a practical hands-on approach incorporating an evidence-based method to working with all populations. His goal is to ensure the advancement of the human and sport performance field, developing the most prepared and competent individuals to enter this vital field. Additionally, Gatzke is an advocate of the utilization of strength and conditioning and sport performance professionals at the high school level to ensure safe and effective training for athletes throughout the United States.
When not working with students, teaching or advising, Gatzke is an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan, supporting his home-state team. Also, he enjoys working with under-resourced populations to offer fitness and performance training and spending time with friends and family.