Angela Dendas was named the Lewis & Clark's first ever head strength & conditioning coach on July 1, 2013. Dendas came to the Pioneers after serving as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Humboldt State University (Calif.). With the addition of Dendas, the Pioneers now have a dedicated individual serving as a resource and instructor to student-athletes and coaches in the realm of strength and conditioning. She helps with injury prevention, rehab and proper training techniques for athletic success.
Dendas is a graduate of the 2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academy class No. 45 that was held in Denver, Colo. in June. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, hosted in partnership between the Alliance of Women Coaches and the NCAA, is a four-day educational training available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels and is designed for women coaches who are ready to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. In September 2018, Dendas was announced as a member of the WeCOACH Coaches Council, which is a selected group of individual who help the organization strategically serve women coaches from all sports and levels. She is the first strength and conditioning coach on the council.
At the 2018 Excellence in Lewis & Clark's Year of Sports awards (ELCYS), Dendas was named the Coach of the Year.
Dendas earned her Master's in Kinesiology from HSU in 2010. She is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and holds a USA Weightlifting certification.
During her time at Humboldt State, Dendas oversaw all aspects of the strength and conditioning programs for five of the Jacks 11 sports. She was responsible for the speed development, resistance training, plyometric training and conditioning for each of her assigned sports while assisting with the other intercollegiate teams. While with the Jacks, Dendas coached National Championship teams, numerous All-Americans, and played an integral in creating smooth transitions from the athletic training room back to the field of play with injured athletes in regards to their strength training modifications and reconditioning programs. She also worked as a lecturer for the Kinesiology Department at Humboldt State. With her background of strength and conditioning, Dendas was a good fit for the Department's Exercise Science capstone course where she taught the scientific and practical application principles of strength and conditioning. Outside of the classroom, Dendas organized fitness courses for students, faculty/staff and community members of all different fitness levels. She provided individualized training programs for each group so that they may better utilize the student recreation center.
Dendas lives in Beaverton, Ore. with her family of three.