University of Iowa Athletics
Assistant, Strength & Conditioning

Jeff Stern

Jeff Stern - Football - University of Iowa Athletics


Jeff Stern is in his second year as assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Iowa. He previously served as a strength and conditioning intern with Iowa football in 2019.

In 2023, the Hawkeyes won 10 games, including their final four, to capture the Big Ten West Division for the second time in three years. Iowa advanced to another January bowl game (Citrus Bowl) and finished the season ranked No. 24. The Hawkeyes have been ranked in the final AP Top 25 five of the last six seasons.

Stern most recently served as an assistant director of strength and conditioning at Central Michigan. He implemented strength and conditioning programs for softball and volleyball student-athletes, and assisted football’s strength, speed and conditioning drills. Stern was also responsible for the refueling station.

Stern had two stints at Merrimack College, first spending the 2020-21 academic year as a graduate fellow, followed by the 2021 fall semester as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. While on staff he implemented speed, strength and conditioning programs for football, women’s basketball, women’s tennis and track and field throwers.

He also was an assistant strength coach at Toyota Racing Development in Cornelius, North Carolina and held a strength and conditioning internship with the University of North Carolina football team.

Stern is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC), is United States Weightlifting Certified (USAW-1) and is certified for CPR and AED.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied exercise science with a concentration in sports performance in 2020 from Springfield College in Massachusetts and earned his master’s degree in exercise and sport science from Merrimack in 2021.