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Nate Brookreson came to Central Washington University as a football recruit in 2001 and proudly represented the Wildcat family on the field through his entire college career. 

During his junior year as a student-athlete, Brookreson began working with Ellensburg High School Football Coach Amrine who opened his eyes to how to train for the demands of sports. It was then that he realized that he wanted to build a career in athletics.

“I felt very prepared to work in the field of sports after my time at Central,” said Brookreson. “I loved the scientific underpinning of the exercise science degree, but also appreciated that the professors brought in an applied element to the major. In addition, playing football at CWU allowed me to understand the rigors of preparing year-round for your sport and the work that is required to be successful at a higher level.” 

After graduating in 2006, Brookreson moved to Florida where he was an intern with Cris Carter’s FAST Program and worked with football players preparing for the NFL and regional combines. He then worked in the private sector at Velocity Sports Performance and at several universities including University of Georgia, Eastern Washington University, University of Memphis, and North Carolina State University. 

Growing up in Lacey, WA, he has always had an affinity for the Pacific Northwest and hoped his career would lead him back to the area.

After 13 years of working in sports, Brookreson accepted the role of head strength and conditioning coach with the Seattle Kraken, the new ice hockey team that will compete in the National Hockey League beginning this year.

When asked what a day in the life of this new role looked like, Brookreson said, “Most days revolve around discussions with Gary Roberts, our sports science and performance consultant, where we talk about equipment for our training centers and training and nutrition related topics.” 

They are currently getting ready for the 2021-22 season where the team will compete as a member of the Pacific Division in the Western conference. 

Outside of his career, Brookreson says that he loves every activity the Northwest has to offer and enjoys hiking, ice skating, golfing, and fishing. His wife, Kelsey Brookreson, is also a 2006 CWU alum and the couple has two sons, Blaise and Brock. 

The family is excited for the Kraken to compete in their first season and look forward to the success of the team in the future.

May 2021

Story by: Robin Burck