Molly McKinnon has been an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kansas since August of 2005. She is in charge of developing all aspects of strength and conditioning for softball, soccer, men's golf and also assists with women's basketball.
She has been observing lactate levels amongst her soccer athletes during pre-season, post-season, and at the conclusion of the competitive season along with using the team polar system to simulate post-season training to game day data. Most recently this past offseason the soccer team observed anti-inflammatory responses during the spring training period with the university's Health Sport Exercise Science lab.
McKinnon arrived at KU after working as a graduate assistant at her alma mater, the University of New Mexico (2002-05). She was responsible for swimming and diving, women's tennis and women's golf and assisted with women's basketball and men's soccer for the Lobos.
She was a collegiate athlete, playing basketball while pursuing her undergraduate degree in exercise physiology at the University of New Mexico. McKinnon is certified with the NSCA, USAW-1 and earned a master's degree in exercise physiology and sports administration from the University of New Mexico.
McKinnon, a native of Olympia, Wash., is married to Zachary Rupp. The couple resides in Lawrence with their sons, Rowan (July 2007) and Tate (Aug. 2009).