Mark Asanovich completed fifteen seasons as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in professional football. Most recently in 2010 with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (UFL). As a fourteen-year National Football League (NFL) veteran, Asanovich served as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from February 2003 to January 2009. His other Strength & Conditioning position for six seasons was for Head Coach Tony Dungy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from Februaary 1996 to March 2002. He also served as anAssistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and for the Minnesota Vikings in 1995.
His list of NFL Hall of Famers trained includes: Derrick Brooks, Chris Carter, Chris Doleman, Ray Lewis, Randall McDaniel, Warren Moon, Jonathan Ogden , John Randle, Warren Sapp &&&& & Gary Zimmerman.
His list of NFL Pro Bowlers trained includes: Donnie Abraham, Mike Alstott, Ronde Barber, Jeff Blake, Peter Boulware, Derrick Brooks, Mark Brunnell, Tony Brackens, Chris Carter, Jeff Christy, Jack Del Rio, Trent Dilfer, Chris Doleman, Hugh Douglas, Warrick Dunn, David Garrard, Sam Gash, Jason Gildon, Martin Gramatica, Robert Griffith, Chris Hanson, Al Harris, Todd Heap, John Henderson, Chris Hinton, Maurice Jones-Drew, Brad Johnson, Keyshawn Johnson, Pepper Johnson, Steve Jordan, Jim Lachey, Jermaine Lewis, Ray Lewis, John Lynch, Rashean Mathis, Tony Mayberry, Chris McAlister, Michael McCrary, Randall McDaniel, Warren Moon, Dave Moore, Lorenzo Neal, Hardy Nickerson, Jonathan Ogden, Shelton Quarles, John Randle, Ed Reed, Faud Reveiz, Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp, Bart Scott, Jimmy Smith, Robert Smith, Todd Steussie, Korey Stringer, Marcus Stroud, Matt Stover, Fred Taylor, Henry Thomas, Bob Whitfield & Gary Zimmerman.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Asanovich served as the strength & conditioning coach at Anoka High School (Minneapolis, Minnesota) from 1987-95. During his tenure there, the school captured state football championships in 1990 and 1994. Anoka also won state titles in soccer (1989), and basketball (1992) during his ten years at the school. Asanovich came to Anoka after spending 1986 in a similar capacity at The Citadel.
In 1984, Asanovich was hired as a graduate assistant coach at The Ohio State University. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Football Championship that season and played in the Rose Bowl. Asanovich was promoted to Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at OSU the following year as the team went 9 – 3 and defeated Brigham Young in the Citrus Bowl.
Asanovich was one of the first fifteen Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists and former Minnesota State Director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He is also a Certified Health Fitness Instructor, former Professional Education Committee Member, and former Healthy People 2000 State Director for the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also served as an executive board member/consultant for the National Dance-Exercise Instructors Training Association. In addition, he served as a member on the Minnesota's Governor's Council on Health & Physical Fitness and on the Executive Board for the Minnesota Association of Physical Education, Health, Exercise, Recreation & Dance.
Recognized in Who's Who Among American Teachers, Asanovich was a contributing author in Death in the Locker Room II: Drugs and Sports (Elite Sports Medicine Publishers, 1993), and The New High Intensity Strength Training (Perigue Books: Putnam Publishing, 1993). He has also published articles in The High Intensity Training Newsletter, The Conditioning Quarterly, and the Minnesota High School League Bulletin. Asanovich earned his bachelor’s degree in education from St. Cloud State University and his master’s in exercise science from The Ohio State University.
As a clinician, Asanovich has spoken nationally and abroad. He has also spoken at such national events as: the 2016 Resistance Exercise Conference, the 2011 Legends Football Strength Clinic, the 1998 American Football Quarterly University, the 1998 and 2005 Nike Coach Of The Year Football Clinic, the 1994 Minnesota HPERD State Convention, 1994 ACSM Northland Fall Tutorial, 1994 & 1995 Minneapolis In Motion, 1993 New Jersey HPERD State Convention, 1987-95 Midwest Strength & Conditioning Seminars, 1992 University of Toledo Strength Clinic, 1991 MSHSCA All-Star Clinic, 1989 Coach of the Year Clinic, 1989 McGregor-Nautilus Clinic, 1985 NSCA National Convention etc. He has also served as a clinician/faculty member for the American College of Sports Medicine, Hamline University, and St. Thomas University (St. Paul, Minnesota).
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Asanovich played guard and linebacker at Duluth East High School.