Mike Minnis Leverages OU College of Allied Health Education for Philadelphia Eagles as Performance Nutrition Coordinator
Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Mike Minnis, MS, RD, CSCS is the Coordinator of Performance Nutrition/Assistant Strength Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has been with the NFL team since February 2016. Prior to that, he spent the 2015 season as the Director of Performance Nutrition for the University of Southern California football team.
In his current role with the Eagles, Minnis administers body composition analysis, performs one-on-one consults and designs nutrition plans to meet the athletes’ individual goals, assists in menu development in the Eagles training facility and on the road, develops hydration strategies, and coordinates nutrition education and other performance fueling strategies. In addition, Minnis assists the strength & conditioning staff with program development and implementation.
A native of Bucklin, KS, Minnis completed a B.S. in Business at the University of Kansas from 2007-2011 and then completed a dual Bachelors and Master’s degree at Kansas State University in Human Nutrition from 2011-2013. He went on to complete his dietetic internship in the College of Allied Health at the University of Oklahoma.
“I chose the OU dietetic internship because of the individualized support that they show their students. They respect each intern’s individual passions and interests within the field of dietetics and they go out of their way to make sure that each student gets the richest experience that they can while apart of their program”, said Minnis. “ I had personally expressed keen interest in sports nutrition during the application process and the Department of Nutritional Sciences assured me that they would do whatever it took for me to get that experience during my elective rotation. During my internship, Professor Brian dela Cruz, Dietetic Internship Director, did exactly that and went out of his way to develop a relationship and contract with the Philadelphia Eagles to allow me to get my foot in the door and immerse myself in a unique opportunity during my elective rotation that forever changed my career path. I can’t thank OU enough for what they did to put me in the position that I am today and I recommend this program most because of the people and the genuine support and interest that they show their students.”
Before heading to USC in 2015, Minnis was in other sports nutrition roles including internships with Athletes’ Performance (EXOS) and University of Texas athletics. Minnis is a registered dietitian (RD) and a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS).