Coach Mark Lepkowski was named the director of strength and conditioning in the Summer of 2015 after spending time at the University of Minnesota.
His team responsibilities include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s cross country/track & field (distance).
Prior to Queens, Lepkowski was a strength and conditioning intern coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota in the Spring of 2015. His experience also includes being a Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Belmont University as well as a Strength & Conditioning Intern Coach for Olympic Sports at Vanderbilt University in the Fall of 2014.
Lepkowski began his strength and conditioning journey as an intern with Queens under Coach Darin Tyson where he gained experience working with all Queens athletic programs as well as Swim MAC Carolina Team Elite.
Lepkowski received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Queens in May 2011 and his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University in December 2018. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA.
Ben LaChance was named assistant sports performance coach for Queens University in September 2017. His Primary training duties are with baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s soccer.
Prior to Queens, LaChance was a strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Organization for the 2017 season. Coaching in the Twins Minor League organization, he was in charge of implementing all facets of strength and conditioning as well as pre and post-game nutrition for the Appalachian League Champions, Elizabethton Twins.
Before joining the Twins, LaChance was a strength and conditioning assistant at North Carolina State University from August 2015 to February 2017. While there he worked primarily with baseball, wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming, and tennis. He also assisted with men’s basketball, track and field, and gymnastics.
LaChance earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he served as a student assistant coach to the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team and was an intern to the strength and conditioning staff.
He is certified (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified level 1
D.J. joins the Queens staff after most recently working as the strength and conditioning coordinator for football at Hanover College. Haas was solely responsible for the strength and conditioning of the Panthers football team and was the first strength and conditioning coach in Hanover history.
Before Hanover, Haas interned at Marshall University. He assisted with the implementation of workouts for 12 Olympic sports teams primarily men's cheer, men's and women's soccer, women's golf, volleyball, swimming and diving and rehab for injured athletes. While interning at Marshall, he also worked as a sports performance coach for youth and high school athletes.
Haas received his B.S. in kinesiology from IUPUI where his focus was pre-physical therapy. After graduation, he decided to pursue a career in strength and conditioning and spent two years working as a personal trainer after graduating. Haas has competed at the national level in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling as well as powerlifting and strongman competitions.