New strength coach named

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama head football coach Mike Shula today named Kent Johnston as the Crimson Tide's Strength and Conditioning coach. He replaces Ben Pollard.

"I have known Kent since my playing days at Alabama and I knew if I had an opportunity to hire him, I would do so," Mike Shula said. "Kent's credentials are certainly representative of his outstanding work in the NFL and I look forward to having him here."

Johnston plans to be on campus by Friday.

Kent Johnston joins the Tide from the Seattle Seahawks where he has been head strength and conditioning coach since January 14, 1999 and recently finished his 23rd year of coaching collegiate and professional athletes in strength, conditioning and nutrition.

No stranger to Alabama football, Johnston was a graduate assistant and then assistant strength coach with the Tide from 1983-86 where he helped develop a number of NFL players.

He originally joined Seahawk Head Coach Mike Holmgren in Green Bay where he served in a similar capacity from 1992-98. One of his primary duties entailed the rehabilitation of injured players, while also serving as a resource for developing nutrition programs that varied for individual players.

A unique aspect of Johnston's conditioning program has been the coordination of karate and yoga classes during the offseason to increase both cardiovascular capacity and coordination.

In 1997, Johnston was honored as "Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year" by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches' Society.

Prior to joining the Packers, Johnston spent five years (1987-91) in the weight room of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was hired by then Head Coach Ray Perkins.

Johnston began his coaching career at Teague High School in Texas (1978) before entering the collegiate ranks at Northwestern (La.) (1979). He spent two years at Northeast Louisiana (1980-81) and one year at Willis High in Texas (1982) before joining the Crimson Tide staff.

A graduate of Stephen F. Austin where he played defensive back, Johnston earned his Master's Degree in Physical Education from Alabama in 1984.

Born February 21, 1956, in Mexia, Texas, Kent and his wife, Pam, have four sons, Kody (5/30/90), Kole (5/7/92), Clay (8/8/96) and Cade (6/24/98).

Johnston 's Coaching Career

1978-79 - Teague High (Teague, Texas)
1979-80 - Northwestern Louisiana: Strength & Conditioning
1980-81 - Northeast Louisiana: Strength & Conditioning
1982-83 - Willis High (Willis, Texas): Assistant Coach
1983-84 - University of Alabama: Graduate Assistant
1985-86 - University of Alabama: Strength & Conditioning
1987-91 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Strength & Conditioning
1992-98 - Green Bay Packers: Strength & Conditioning
1999-03 - Seattle Seahawks: Strength & Conditioning
2003- University of Alabama: Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

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