Sanford POWER partners with Dickinson State University and Dickinson High School

DICKINSON, N.D. —As of August 16, Sanford POWER will be joining with Dickinson State University and Dickinson High School, welcoming a new strength and conditioning coach and athletic trainer as part of an expanding effort to deliver expert strength and conditioning guidance to young athletes.

“Dickinson High School is excited to partner with Sanford Power to be part of our athletic department,” said Guy Fridley, Dickinson High School Activities Director. “We are grateful to have DHS grad Coach Sam Herauf lead and train our student athletes. Coach Herauf has a ton of pride in Midget athletics and we look forward to having him back on campus and motivating our kids in the weight room.”

Sam Herauf returns to Dickinson as the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach, leading the design and implementation of POWER training programs for both schools and their athletic programs.

“I am really excited to be back in my hometown and use strength and conditioning as a way to develop better athletes,” says Sam Herauf. “I also hope to grow these athletes into people who can enjoy strength training throughout their lifetime. Sanford POWER is exactly what the community needs and I am thrilled to be leading the Dickinson program.”

Sam is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds a certification as a Level 2 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. Prior to his new role in Dickinson, Sam represented Sanford POWER as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in Aberdeen South Dakota, where he was instrumental in embedding strength and conditioning into the culture of Aberdeen Central High School.

“We are thrilled to have Sam join our team. Sam’s leadership and prior experience make him the right person to lead our Dickinson POWER program,” said Mike Salwei, executive director of orthopedics and sports medicine at Sanford Health. “All of us at Sanford are excited to continue investing in our youth through this valuable service in Dickinson and the surrounding communities.”

Allison Smith will assist as an athletic trainer and Return to Performance Specialist. Allison received a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Mary in Bismarck and has trained as a Return to Performance Specialist in Bismarck. Allison has received an extrication certification as well as HazMat training working with the Mandan Fire Department.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sam and Allison who will be working with our Dickinson State athletes,” said Pete Stanton, director of intercollegiate athletics. “Sam is a Blue Hawk alumni who will provide us with a full-time strength and conditioning coordinator that will make a difference in the training of our athletes. Allison will be instrumental in supporting our athletic training coverage as we now have over 400 athletes at Dickinson State. We are grateful to Sanford Health for making this happen and are excited to strengthen our partnership with Sanford Health at Dickinson State.”

Sanford POWER offers training that incorporates the latest in mobility, strength, speed, agility, plyometrics and explosive power development. Sanford POWER is the home of elite athletes such as NFL quarterback Carson Wentz, three-time Stanley Cup champion Matt Cullen and professional golf standout Amy Olson. POWER has North Dakota locations in Fargo and Bismarck, as well as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bemidji, Minnesota and Irvine, California, as well as a partnership with Watford City High School. POWER is planning to expand into Grand Forks September 2021.

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The Sanford Bismarck region provides health care to central and western North Dakota, eastern Montana and northern South Dakota. It includes 21 clinics in Bismarck, Mandan, Minot, Dickinson and Watford City, as well as a Level II trauma center located in Bismarck.


About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,500 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Learn more about Sanford Health’s transformative work to improve the human condition at or Sanford Health News.