Mike Vorkapich
Mike  Vorkapich

Strength & Conditioning Coach


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Mike Vorkapich, promoted to associate head strength and conditioning coach in 2009, has added the title of Director of Sport Science to his resume as he enters his 20th year on staff at Michigan State, and 18th season with Spartan hockey. In addition to developing MSU Athletics’ Sport Science program and heading up hockey’s strength & conditioning program, Vorkapich will continue to oversee the golf teams and assist with football. Vorkapich got his start at Michigan State as a graduate assistant from 1995-97.

In his 19 seasons at MSU, Vorkapich has been a part of a combined 18 conference championships, five bowl games, three men's ice hockey Frozen Fours, seven men's basketball Final Fours, one women's basketball Final Four, 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. Nephew, Brock Makaric, is currently a walk-on wide receiver on the Spartan football team.

A former member of the board of directors for the Varsity "S" Alumni Club at MSU, Vorkapich was named recipient of the Henry Bullough Service Award by the Varsity "S" Club in 2014.