Niko Palazeti, who has worked in strength training and conditioning at three Power 5 schools, is in his first season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Buckeyes. He replaced Brady Collins, who has moved on to the University of Cincinnati, this January.
Palazeti was a three-year member of the Michigan State football team and a two-time Spartan letterwinner (2011 and 2012 seasons). Injuries prompted him to retire from the sport in 2013, and he spent that season as a student intern in the Michigan State strength and conditioning department. He graduated with his degree in psychology that year and then was Spartans' graduate assistant in 2014. He earned his master's in kinesiology from MSU in 2016.
Palazeti's first full-time position as a strength and conditioning coach came in 2015 when he joined former Spartan baseball player and former Ohio State strength coach Rick Court at Mississippi State University. After one season, the two moved on to the University of Maryland, where Palazeti held a similar assistant's position during the 2016 season with the Terrapins.
A native of Northville, Mich., Palazeti was an all-state football player for Detroit Catholic Central in 2009 when he rushed for 1,279 yards and 24 touchdowns while helping his school to a Division I state championship and an unbeaten, 14-0 season.