Grant Thorne enters his fourth year with the Packers in 2016 and second as a strength and conditioning assistant. His primary duties include designing, organizing and administering strength and conditioning programs, as well as advising training methods using the latest in sports technology and key performance indicators he observes during practice and competition. He spent 2013-14 as a strength and conditioning consultant with the Packers.
Prior to coming to Green Bay, the 30-year-old Thorne spent four years (2011-2014) at Purdue University as a sports performance coach. While with the Boilermakers, he programmed several aspects of the strength, speed and agility training regimens for the football, track and field, and men’s golf teams. He also served as an instructor for clinical students while working toward his master’s degree in health and kinesiology sport performance, focusing on sports-science technology and methodology.
While earning a B.S. in science from Nicholls State University (2006-08), Thorne got his first coaching experience with the San Diego Chargers as a strength and conditioning summer intern in 2006.
Thorne’s multidisciplinary professional knowledge has its roots in his background as a two-sport professional athlete. After a two-year collegiate football career at Nicholls State (2006-07), Thorne played wide receiver in the Arena Football League for the Los Angeles Avengers in 2008 before joining the Rugby Union’s Sedgley Park Tigers as a winger later that year. In 2009, Thorne participated in the USA Eagles National Rugby Team selection camp.
While playing for Sedgley Park in the United Kingdom, Thorne served as an assistant performance coach for Everton Football Club of the English Premier League. In 2009, he returned to the United States to serve as a performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Thorne returned to the NFL in 2010 as a performance and monitoring assistant for the New York Jets. He set up and monitored performance-tracking devices, and created reports that advised coaches and strength staff on how to best optimize training methods for their athletes.
In 2011, Thorne gained his initial collegiate coaching experience at Stanford University, where he served as an assistant performance coach for the Cardinal football and rugby teams. During his time at the school, Thorne assisted with the daily operations of the offseason football training program, and a speed-training regimen for NFL hopefuls that helped several future NFL products, including Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Thorne’s passion for athletic science led to him co-founding TRIUN Human Performance in 2006 with his brother, Kyle, who is a professional strength and conditioning coach for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks. The California-based organization helps educate, train and mentor individuals and organizations in the disciplines and benefits of human performance and healthy nutrition in order to develop good lifelong habits and build strong character. Grant and Kyle designed and hold the patent to the Accu-Roller, distributed by SKLZ. Thorne is also certified as a sport-performance and corrective-exercise specialist by the National Academy of Sport Medicine.
Thorne was born Dec. 30, 1985, in Tucson, Ariz. He and his wife, Courtney, reside in Green Bay.