Mission Statement

The Sports Performance Department embraces the mission of both the Athletic Department and the University. In addition, it is the mission of the Sports Performance staff to enhance each Golden Eagle athlete's athletic ability, while minimizing the risk of injury, in assisting them to achieve peak performance in their respective sport.



Sports Performance Center

Sports Performance Staff

Ashtin Meerpohl
Assistant Director of Sports Performance

Ashtin Meerpohl joined the ORU Athletic Department as Assistant Director of Sports Performance in April 2018 after spending 10 months as a Sports Performance Assistant at The University of Kansas.

In his time with the Jayhawks, Meerpohl directly oversaw the development and implementation of sport-specific training programs for the women’s rowing and spirit squads. He also assisted with eight other athletic teams including, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming and golf.

Prior to his time at Kansas, Meerpohl was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for football at Southwest Minnesota State University where he oversaw all aspects of football sports performance. 

Meerpohl completed sports performance internships at The University of Kansas working with 15 intercollegiate athletic teams and The Ohio State University working with football where he was a part of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl Championship.

A native of Holton, Kansas, Meerpohl earned his B.S.E in Community Health from The University of Kansas in 2015. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certified through the American Red Cross.


Tyler Beckman
Assistant Director of Sports Performance

Tyler Beckman joined the ORU staff as the assistant director of sports performance at the start of the 2015-16 school year after eight months as a graduate assistant at North Dakota State.

While with the Bison, Beckman worked with the softball, men’s golf and middle-distance track athletes, while aiding workouts for other programs including men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, baseball and wrestling. He provided nutrition information and created weekly menus for his athletes and also performed testing procedures to help gauge improvements.

Prior to his time as a GA, Beckman was an intern at both NDSU and University of North Dakota, and also served as an assistant coach for a summer strength, speed and agility camp in Carrington, North Dakota.

A 2013 cum laude graduate of UND, Beckman earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education, exercise science and wellness.  He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in leadership in physical education and sport.



Joe Chowansky
Assistant Director of Sports Performance

Joe Chowansky joined the ORU Sports Performance staff in August of 2017. In his role, Chowansky develops and implements training programs for baseball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf and assists in the training of the other teams.

Prior to joining the ORU staff, Chowansky spent nearly three years at Robert Morris University. He began his career as a strength and conditioning intern in the fall of 2014 before becoming an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach the following spring. As an assistant, he was responsible for the strength and conditioning programs for men’s and women’s lacrosse as well as women’s soccer. He also assisted in the training of the other teams, including football and men’s and women’s basketball.

In the summer of 2015, Chowansky earned the Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach position. In this role, he developed and implemented programs for men’s and women’s soccer while assisting with other teams including track and field and cross country. He also served as the interim strength coach for women’s volleyball, including conducting practice and match warm ups. Chowansky also was responsible for organizing and hosting the annual RMU Strength and Speed Seminar for two years.

Chowansky graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2014. He went on to earn an MBA from Robert Morris University in 2017. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is CPR and AED certified through the American Heart Association. Most recently, he completed the Reflexive Performance Reset® Coach course Level One.


ORU Sports Performance Philosophy

Our philosophy is to create a culture and an atmosphere that is conducive to winning and training.  Athlete training programs will be designed based on the specific movements and physiological demands of each sport.  Strength development, power development, speed, agility, quickness, conditioning, flexibility, injury prevention, and sports nutrition will be emphasized for each athlete in order to maximize their potential. A free weight approach with ground based movements and Olympic lifts will be utilized in the weight room.

Each and every student-athlete that is a part of the sports performance program will be exposed to a hands-on coaching style by the strength and conditioning staff. Just like the athlete is coached by their sport coach out on the field or court, they will be coached in the weight room by a member of the strength and conditioning staff.  Our strength and conditioning coaches will be great teachers, great leaders and will demand great effort.  We will teach and coach the athlete so that they are educated about why they are performing various movements and exercises.

We will create a culture and an atmosphere that allows our athletes to train at a championship level each and every day.  Our culture will be built upon the values of hard work, commitment, pride, passion, mental and physical toughness, leadership and trust.  We will respect those values in our approach to training day in and day out.  We will realize that everything starts with an attitude and we will build upon that attitude to train at an extremely high level in order to meet and exceed expectations and goals. 


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