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Neil Rampe Biography
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/21/2007
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Neil Rampe is in his first full season of working directly with the Arizona men’s basketball program.  His insightful and dedicated approach to the Cats’ performance enhancement efforts has made an immediate and positive impact.

Few people in the field of performance enhancement are as qualified as Rampe to provide a well-rounded program for individual improvement.  Even fewer have the national championships to back it up.

Rampe carries certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (NSCA), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  In addition, Rampe’s teams have won three national championships.

As the associate director of UA’s performance enhancement program, Rampe is responsible for the design and implementation of year-round periodized programs for student-athletes.  He serves as an informational source of sport-specific performance enhancement programs and oversees the daily activities of a full-time staff in the UA’s 24,000-square foot facility.

            Rampe joined the UA staff in July 2003, arriving from the Boulder (Colo.) Center for Sports Medicine, where he served as an athletic trainer.  While there, Rampe provided athletic training services to local high schools, which included practice and game-day coverage.  He routinely provided sports medicine workshops and designed and implemented strength, conditioning and rehabilitation programs for a number of sports.

            Along with his oversight of UA men’s basketball players, Rampe also supervises the Wildcat volleyball program.

            Prior to his work in Boulder, Rampe was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Minnesota during the 2001-02 school year.  While in Minneapolis, he worked directly with eight Golden Gopher varsity athletic teams.  Under his tutelage, the men’s golf, men’s ice hockey and wrestling programs all won national championships.

Rampe began his professional career at San Diego State University, where he was a graduate teaching associate in exercise and nutritional sciences from August to December 2000.

Originally from Kalida, Ohio, Rampe, earned two bachelor’s degrees, both athletic training and physical education with a strength and conditioning emphasis, from the University of Findlay in May 2000.  He was a four-year letterwinner for the Findlay men’s soccer program.  Rampe served as team captain in 1999 and was a two-time NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete.

He earned his master’s degree in applied kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in May 2002.

Rampe, 29, is active in community outreach on both the professional and personal levels and is a regular speaker at national and regional clinics and symposia.

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