University of Iowa Athletics
Assistant, Strength & Conditioning

Kohle Helle

Kohle Helle - Football - University of Iowa Athletics


Kohle Helle is in his seventh year with the Iowa football program. Helle is in his fourth year as assistant strength and conditioning coach. He served as the manager of nutrition and performance analytics for Iowa football in 2019 after joining Iowa’s strength and conditioning refueling and analytics staff in August, 2018. He previously served as a strength and conditioning intern with Iowa football from January to May in 2018.

Iowa posted an 8-5 record in 2022, concluding the season with a 21-0 win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl and wins in five of its final six games. Iowa’s streak of 10 straight bowl invitations is the longest in school history and the Hawkeyes have been in the Top 25 final rankings in four of the last five seasons. Iowa’s streak of 10 straight winning seasons ranks 10th best in the nation.

The Hawkeyes won 10 games in 2021, winning the Big Ten’s West Division title and advancing to the conference championship game. Iowa concluded the season with an appearance in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl and was ranked 23rd in the final national rankings.

Iowa closed the 2021 regular season with four straight victories to earn the West Division title for the second time since 2015. Iowa earned 24 conference wins between 2018-21, matching Iowa’s highest four-year conference win total since 2002-05.

Iowa’s most recent bowl game invitations include the 2022 Music City Bowl, 2022 Citrus Bowl, 2020 Music City Bowl, 2019 Holiday Bowl, 2019 Outback Bowl, 2017 Outback Bowl, 2016 Rose Bowl Game, 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl and 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls five times in the past 21 seasons.

Iowa won 47 games from 2015-19, the highest total in school history over any five-year period, and a total that ranked ninth nationally. Iowa won its final four games in 2019 and ranked 15th in the final Associated Press and coaches polls.

The Hawkeyes concluded the 2019 campaign with a 10-3 record following a 49-24 win over No. 22 Southern California in the Holiday Bowl. The three losses were all to ranked opponents by a combined 14 points. The Hawkeyes were 4-1 in trophy games for the third straight season.

Iowa completed the 2018 season with a 9-4 mark and a final ranking of 25th in the Associated Press. The Hawkeyes earned a 27-22 Outback Bowl win over No. 18 Mississippi State to close the season with three straight wins. The four losses came by a total of 23 points and all were decided in the final minutes of play. Iowa tied for second in the Big Ten West Division.

As the manager of nutrition and performance analytics, Helle prepared daily analytic reports for student-athlete recovery, managed GPS technology and Fatigue Science performance tracking data, coached athletes on proper exercise technique, and assisted with other areas of the strength and conditioning program.

Helle was a strength and conditioning intern at Central College (2015-17) and was an intern at North Carolina-Charlotte during the summer, 2016.

Helle is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC), and is American Red Cross certified for First Aid, CPR, and AED.

Helle attended Central College as an undergraduate, earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise science – strength and conditioning, with a minor in communication studies. He earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of South Dakota.

Helle was a four-year letterman in football at Central College, where he holds the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He was also elected to the team leadership council.

Helle was born in 1995, and is a native of Guttenberg, Iowa.