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Mike Vorkapich
Mike  Vorkapich

Position:
Assoc. Head Strength & Conditioning Coach / Director of Sport Science

09/15/2017

Brock Makaric Feature: A Family Affair

Spartan Senior Wide Receiver

Mike Vorkapich, who was promoted to associate head strength and conditioning coach in 2009, is in his 22nd year on staff at Michigan State. In the summer of 2015, he added the title of director of sport science to his resume.

A former Spartan linebacker, Vorkapich rejoined the football program in 2015 after a 10-year hiatus in which he directed the men’s basketball, hockey and both golf programs. In addition to developing the first sport science program for MSU Athletics and assisting with the football team, Vorkapich continues to oversee hockey and golf. Vorkapich got his start at Michigan State as a graduate assistant from 1995-97.

In his 20-plus seasons at MSU, Vorkapich has been a part of a combined 19 conference championships, six bowl games, seven men’s basketball Final Fours, one women’s basketball Final Four, three men’s ice hockey Frozen Fours and two National Championships (2000 men’s basketball and 2007 men’s ice hockey). He has played an integral part in the development of numerous athletes who have gone on to professional careers in the NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA and golf.

Between his stints at MSU, Vorkapich held similar positions at the University of Notre Dame (1998) and the University of Cincinnati (1997-1998).

A native of Leamington, Ontario, Vorkapich received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and exercise science from MSU. A published author and featured clinic speaker, Vorkapich was named a “Master Strength & Conditioning Coach” in 2010 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), and is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

One of four family members to play a sport at MSU, Vorkapich lettered as a linebacker for the Spartans during the 1994 season, while father, Mike Sr. and brother, Steve both played baseball. His nephew, Brock Makaric, is currently a walk-on wide receiver for the Spartans. A member of the board of directors for the Varsity “S” Club at MSU, Vorkapich was named recipient of the Henry Bullough Service Award by the Varsity “S” Club in 2014.

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