Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Minnesota Vikings
With a solid decade of experience under his belt, Mark Uyeyama currently leads the Vikings as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to Minnesota he spent the past nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, highlighted by the club’s run to three consecutive NFC Championship Games and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII against Baltimore. As a student-athlete, Uyeyama played football at Butte Community College (1994-95) in California before moving on to Northern State University (1996-97) in Aberdeen, SD.
Before Mark’s journey to becoming the Minnesota Viking Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, he spent his final two seasons with 49ers as the club’s Director of Human Performance, was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the franchise from 2011-14 and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2008-10. Uyeyama was also named Samson Equipment’s NFL Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly in 2011. From 2004 – 2007 Mark was Head Strength Coach at Utah State University. He earned his master’s in higher and postsecondary education in 2003 from ASU.
What do you think are the three most important factors to being physically fit?
1 – Willingness
2 – Having a plan
3 – Follow through
Describe your sports journey. How did you begin?
Played multiple sports growing up. I have held every single position moving the ranks….from an unpaid intern to the Director of Human Performance in the NFL. Never stop learning and growing. Surround yourself around the best.
How would you like to grow in the athletic sphere in the future?
Always evolving. Looking outside of sport. Leading the paradigm shift in changing how one prepares for sport. Unifying all modes.