The Power Team of Bismarck

Chris Rivinius

Rivinius_Chris_WEB160x200Chris Rivinius was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. He has been part of the POWER team since summer 2015 when Sanford POWER came to Bismarck. Before working at POWER he was an intern and employee at Healthways Training Center. He attended the University of Mary where he acquired a degree in exercise physiology. Chris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Specialist (TSAC-F) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also a Sport Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting. Chris has experience training a wide variety of athletes and clients of all ages and abilities. He likes making training a positive, exciting experience and enjoys creating relationships while helping athletes reach their goals through hard work, proper programming and correct techniques. Chris likes watching/playing sports, strength training and doing anything outdoors including camping, hunting and hiking. He enjoys reading and researching anything related to the strength and conditioning field.

Kyle Kudrna
Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Kyle KudrnaKyle Kudrna is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weightlifting level 1 Sports Performance Coach as well as an ISSA – Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. Kyle is a Dickinson native who graduated from North Dakota State University (NDSU) with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He served as an intern at NDSU working primarily with football in addition to various other sports. He was then hired at Arizona State University working primarily with football in addition to a number of other sports. From there he started at the University of New Mexico working in a similar role that eventually led to the Interim Director of Athletic Performance for football. It was here he obtained his master’s degree in sports administration. Most recently, Kyle worked for the University of Memphis as the Assistant Director of Athletic Performance before joining POWER in 2019. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, powerlifting and wood working.

Dalton Weisz
Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Dalton Weisz
Dalton Weisz is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) at Sanford POWER. Dalton is a Bismarck native who was previously an intern at POWER. He has also completed field experiences at Healthways Training Center and NDSU, where he primarily worked with baseball and volleyball. He attended NDSU where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology. Dalton is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Weightlifting, where he is a Sports Performance Coach. He has worked with wide spectrum of athletes/clients of all ages and abilities ranging anywhere from eight to 70 years old. Dalton’s hobbies include hiking, biking, reading, snowboarding and spending time at his cabin.


Ron Ponick
Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Ron PonickRon Ponick is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), as well as a USAW Weightlifting level 1 Sport Performance Coach. Ron is a Stanley, Wisconsin native who graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor’s degree in Health, Human Performance and a master’s degree in Kinesiology. He served as an intern at the NX Level Sports Performance working with an array of high school to professional athletes, University of Wisconsin working with football, and West Point Military Academy (Army) with Hockey, Men’s Rugby, Softball, and Wrestling. Ron’s hobbies include hiking, hunting, training and spending time with his German Shepard.

Lane Hanzel
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Head of Baseball Skill Development

Lane Hanzel is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and FMS Level 1 Movement Specialist. Lane is a Liberty, IL native who graduated from Anderson University in Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a Master’s degree in exercise physiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). After graduation, he served as the pitching coach and athletic performance coach for the baseball program at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. He then served as an intern for athletic performance at SIUE where he primarily worked with baseball and wrestling. Lane’s hobbies include reading, hunting, hiking, and cooking.

Candace Vanderwal
Athletic Trainer/Return to Performance Specialist

Candace Vanderwal
Candace (Candy) Vanderwal is an Athletic Trainer (ATC), Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Return to Performance specialist at Sanford POWER. She attended the University of Mary for her Bachelor of Science in athletic training and furthered her education by obtaining her Master of Science in kinesiology. Candace has been working at Sanford since July 2015, starting as an athletic trainer for a local high school. Her hobbies include skiing, camping, watching and playing sports and playing with her black lab.


Sam Herauf
Lead Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Sam Herauf is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also holds a certification as a Level 2 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. Sam earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching from Dickinson State University where he also participated in football and track and field. In May 2017, he received his Master’s degree in Human Performance and Leadership from Northern State University. Originally from Dickinson, ND, Sam has returned to his hometown to serve as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Dickinson High School and Dickinson State College, leading the design and implementation of POWER training programs for the schools’ many athletic programs. In his free time, Sam enjoys weight lifting and strength training, following the same principles he implements for his athletes. He enjoys working with athletes of all ages.

Watford City

Michael Richards
Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Michael is a strength and conditioning specialist for Watford City High School. He designs and implements Sanford POWER training programs for the school and its athletic programs.


For more information about the POWER Training Programs, contact your local Sanford POWER Center.

Sioux Falls
(605) 312-7800
Grand Forks
(701) 757-8900