Boyd Epley
Member of the Board of Directors

Boyd Epley, who is in his 35th year with the athletic department, was promoted to associate athletic director in June of 2003. Previously, he served 34 years as the department's head strength coach and the past nine years as assistant athletic director and director of athletic performance. Athletic Director Steve Pederson asked Epley to spearhead the design and construction of the $50 million North Stadium improvement project for the athletic department that will help Nebraska continue to rate among the elite athletic departments in the nation. The facility plan will add more than 6,000 seats in the north end of Memorial Stadium and includes a new indoor fieldhouse that will be connected to the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex. A new weight room, athletic medicine area and football locker room are combined with football and administrative staff offices and meeting rooms. Epley's new responsibilities as associate athletic director include the design and integration of all athletic facilities planning, construction and maintenance, providing University of Nebraska student-athletes with national championship athletic facilities. Epley has left the performance field behind but is still recognized as the man responsible for making Nebraska the national leader in strength and conditioning. The respect the Nebraska performance team gained under Epley is evident as 49 of Epley's former assistants received jobs with other college or professional teams throughout the country. Dave Kennedy, who assisted Epley from 1982 to 1988, returned in 2004 as head strength coach. Nebraska became the first university to have a paid strength coach when Epley was given the title in 1969. In 1978, Epley founded the National Strength and Conditioning Association, serving as president and chairman of the board of directors for five years. The group honored Epley with its first National Strength Coach-of-the-Year Award in 1980, and in 1993 he was presented the NSCA's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also honored by the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1993 with the Lyell Bremser Merit Award. Most recently, Epley was named to the U.S.A. Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in June 2003. Epley was also honored on the March 2001 cover of American Football Monthly magazine, which tabbed him as the Godfather of Strength and Conditioning. Lindy's magazine recognized Epley as one of its Top 100 Most Important College Football Sports Figures of the Century. Epley was one of five Huskers on the top 100 list, joining Hall of Fame coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers and two-time Outland Trophy winner Dave Rimington. Epley is a product of Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Ariz., where he played football and competed in track. At Phoenix Junior College, he served as a track team captain and starred as a pole vaulter. He then became the Nebraska pole vault record holder as a junior and was Nebraska's first 15-foot indoor vaulter before a back injury forced him out of competition in his senior year, which led to the development of the Nebraska strength and conditioning program. Epley received his associate's degree from Phoenix Junior College in 1968, his bachelor's degree in 1970 from Nebraska and his master's degree in education from UNL two years later. Epley is married to the former Jane Lilyhorn of Holdrege, Neb., and they have a son, Jay Robert, 22, and a daughter, Jenna Shea, 19.


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