Michael Kicia, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Mike has spent his 11 year career as a strength and conditioning coach working with one of the most recognizable organizations in North America, the New York Yankees. Here, Mike spent 7 years working within the Yankees Player Development System coordinating everything from rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries, strength and power development, speed and agility development with players in both the Major and Minor Leagues. He also assisted in implementation of numerous strength and conditioning camps and had the opportunity to work 8 Major League Spring Trainings while with the Yankees.
During Mike’s time in professional baseball, he spent 2 seasons as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Single A Charleston Riverdogs as well as 2 seasons as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Single A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the Miami Marlins Organization. He played college baseball for the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alberta before going on to the University of Mount Olive where in 2008 he was part of the NCAA D-II National Championship winning team.
Mike earned his Bachelor’s of Exercise Science from The University of Mount Olive and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association where he holds the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC*D) distinction.
He and his wife Annie have two children, a daughter Blake and a son Graham, who have found their way back to Edmonton, AB. With Mike’s experience in professional sports, injury and rehab of orthopedic issues, we are excited to have him as part of the Acumen Team.
What do you do for leisure?
I try and stay as active as I can, training, playing golf, biking, hunting in the fall. I, also collect bourbon and Jordans.
Most memorable moment in your profession?
My most memorable moment would be when I travelled with the Yankees for their opening day series against Toronto in Toronto in 2018. I was a Jays fan growing up so it was a cool experience.
Biggest mentor or motivator?
My biggest mentor would be Matt Krause, my old boss at the Yankees. He taught me a ton about the business side of Strength and Conditioning.
My biggest motivator is my family.
If you could be invisible, whose conversations would you like to overhear?
The President of the United States
If you had a superpower but could only use it once a month, what would it be?
The ability to fly and go on a trip once a month.
If you could go back in time which year would you choose to go back to and why?
1983 So I could watch the Oilers
How do you like your coffee? or caffeine?
Tell us something no one would know about you?
My wife’s cousin is the mayor of Oklahoma City