Eagan, Minn. (April 7, 2022) – The Minnesota Vikings announces the hiring of Uriah Myrie as head athletic trainer and Dan Ridenour as sports science coordinator/assistant strength and conditioning coach, finalizing their player health and performance staff for the 2022 season.
Myrie, who previously worked for the Houston Texans, will report directly to Tyler Williams, the Vikings executive director of player health & performance, and will head up the direct medical care for all players.
During the past five years with Houston, Myrie held the title of assistant athletic trainer. Additionally, he served as a supervisor for the summer and year-long internship program and sports medicine fellowship, was a preceptor for clinical affiliated athletic training education programs and a coordinator for concussion management.
Prior to his time with the Texans, Myrie worked with the Arizona State University football team from 2015-17, serving as a program assistant athletic trainer, specifically working with player rehabilitation.
Myrie spent the 2014 season interning for the Buffalo Bills after serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the University of Utah football program (2012-14) and an assistant athletic trainer for Hudson Valley Community College from 2011-12. He broke into the NFL with the Carolina Panthers by serving as a summer intern for 2009 and 2010.
The Albany, New York, native earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Delaware in 2011 before obtaining his master’s degree in exercise and sports science from Utah in 2014. Myrie is an NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist. He also gained training in manual therapy techniques in dry needling, fascial manipulation and active release techniques for upper and lower extremities and spine.
Ridenour joins the Vikings after serving as the assistant director of the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab at the University of Nebraska and will report to Williams and Josh Hingst, the Vikings head strength and conditioning coach. Ridenour will assist all strength and conditioning efforts as well as lead the Vikings sports science programs.
During his time as assistant director, Ridenour assisted with the overall management of Nebraska Sports Science by working with coaching and support staffs on the integration of technologies, training strategies and rehabilitation processes to promote athlete development, health and training efficiency. Ridenour had two stints at Nebraska, serving as an assistant strength coach for Nebraska from July 2015 to October 2018, working with track and field, women’s gymnastics and men’s and women’s tennis during his initial stop in Lincoln.
Prior to returning to Nebraska, Ridenour worked for Wilmington College as the school’s first Director of Athletic Performance, overseeing the training of 13 teams and the department’s internship program.
In 2014, Ridenour was a graduate assistant at St. John’s University, and a strength and conditioning intern with the University of Memphis football program. He served as the director of athletic training and program development for Spark Athletic, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, from 2013-14. Ridenour also interned with the University of Minnesota football program (2012-13).
Ridenour is a graduate of Luther College, earning degrees in physical education and communications studies. He received his master’s in exercise science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is remotely working toward his professional doctorate in human performance innovation at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.
Minnesota Vikings Player Health and Performance
Tyler Williams – Executive Director of Player Health and Performance
Uriah Myrie – Head Athletic Trainer
Matt Duhamel – Director of Rehabilitation
David Jantzi – Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist
Amanda Dekanick – Assistant Athletic Trainer
Strength and Conditioning Staff
Josh Hingst – Head Strength & Conditioning
Derik Keyes – Strength & Conditioning Assistant
Marquis Johnson – Strength & Conditioning Assistant
Dan Ridenour – Sports Science Coordinator/Strength & Conditioning Assistant