STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH/15TH YEAR AUBURN (1994)
The Auburn swimming and diving program - like all other sports at AU - are expected to be able to compete at the highest levels possible. With that in mind the Auburn swimming and diving staff, just like all other Olympic sports, entrusts Olympic sports strength and conditioning coach Bryan “PK” Karkoska with their athletes. At Auburn, athletes are made faster, stronger and more athletic through the intensity and genius of the strength and conditioning program. Karkoska and his staff transfers his intensity and enthusiasm into his weight room through legendary workouts. Known throughout the Auburn swimming and diving program for its legendary workouts is PK’s ATUBS training, which combines weight lifting and cardio-vascular exercises. ATUBS, formerly known as circuit training, stands for “Auburn Team Unifying and Building Sessions.” The sessions last for about an hour during the preseason and are used to establish and build team cohesiveness and the Auburn swimming work ethic and discipline. The circuit-training coincides with the training in the pool with an increased intensity on the dryland side, as well as, challenges the student-athlete both physically and mentally. “The circuit was by far the hardest part of the sesaon, but PK made sure that it was never an individual effort, the team got through circuit torgether. It’s what bonded us in the end, and in essence made us tougher,” said Aaron Ciarla, former men’s team captain, member of the 1997 and 1999 national championship teams and current Auburn assistant coach. Karkoska’s credible reputation follows him. Numerous universities call on a regular basis to find out what exactly he does with his program and in the weight room. He has also worked closely with the physiology department on several issues and has had numerous articles and essays published about human physiology and general health. A 1994 graduate of Auburn with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science, Karkoska, a Chicago, Ill., native, also earned his Masters of Education with an emphasis in exercise physiology on the Plains in 1996.
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER / FOURTH YEAR PALM BEACH ATLANTIC (2007)/ AUBURN (2009)
Lana Meeks enters her second year as a full-time staff member with Auburn University Sports Medicine after serving as graduate assistant athletic trainer the past two years. Her primary responsibility will be to care for the nationally-ranked swimming & diving programs. Meeks is originally from Eustis, Fla., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training in 2007 from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She spent the next two years earning her master’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in biomechanics in May 2009. During that time she worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with the swimming & diving programs. Meeks is a nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainer, and is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association. She currently resides in Auburn.
GANGLOFF VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH / SECOND YEAR AUBURN (2005)
Mark Gangloff joined the staff in early September of 2009 and returned to his alma mater with a handful of international achievements. On the Olympic stage, Gangloff won gold in both the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics as a part of the United States 400m medley relay teams. Other international accolades include winning bronze in the 50m breaststroke and gold as a part of the 400m medley relay at the 2009 World Championships. In prior world meets, Gangloff won silver in both the 50m breast and 400m medley relay at the 2008 World Championships. At the 2005 World Championships, he came away with a gold in the 400m medley relay and silver in the 50m breast. Gangloff currently holds the American record in the 50m breast, recording a time of 26.86. He also is the 2009 USA Swimming champion in the 100m breast. While at Auburn, Gangloff was a 12-time All-American and in 2004, he was a part of the NCAA champion 200 medley relay squad, as well as being a part of the 2003 and 2004 national championship teams. In his senior year, Gangloff won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and swam the second leg for both the 200 and 400 champion medley relay squads at the 2004 Southeastern Conference Championships. A native of Stow, Ohio, Gangloff earned his degree in criminology from Auburn in 2005. He is married to the former Ashley Rubenstein, who dove at Auburn and participated in the 2005 World University Games.
2010-11 Auburn Swimming & Diving Guide