Strength and Conditioning Bios

Dawn Strout, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Dawn Strout will begin her eighth year as the strength and conditioning coordinator at Colby in the 2017-18 academic year.

Strout is the first-ever strength and conditioning coordinator at Colby.

Strout brought a wealth of experience to Colby. She has been the Director of the Human Performance Lab and clinical coordinator at University of New England, a strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Women’s Under-18 hockey team, the Maine State Coordinator for the President’s Fitness Challenge, and is owner of B-F.A.S.T., LLC. Strout does sport conditioning and strength training for junior high, high school, colleges, and adults. She also does wellness training with corporations.

Strout will work with Colby’s student-athletes, but also the general student body as well.

“The workouts are open to anyone,” Strout said. “I want to be able to give the most education to students and coaches as possible to leave them with a tool box of different programs that can be done in-season or out-of-season.”

Strout, who has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Maine, worked as head coach of strength training and conditioning and director of the fitness facility at Bowdoin College from 1997 to 2005. She also was head softball coach, assistant field hockey coach, and the physical education director during her time with the Polar Bears.

Lanell Beckles, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Lanell Beckles, a former strength and conditioning coach at American International College, is in his second year as assistant strength and conditioning coordinator in the 2017-18 academic year.

Beckles will work under head strength and conditioning coordinator Dawn Strout.

Beckles was the assistant tennis coach at Colby two years ago and during the 2016 fall season. He was a head tennis coach at Newbury College in the 2014-15 academic year.

Beckles is active in helping the community learning basic tennis skills. He was in charge of a very successful free tennis clinic for local kids during the 2015-16 academic year.

Beckles has a bachelor's degree from University of Arizona.

Beckles had an internship with the United States Olympic Committee in 2007. He assisted the director of sports performance during training sessions and designed, organized, and implemented training programs for the archery and men's field hockey teams.