Finding a Strength Coach

Almost any head football coach will tell you that the most important assistant in any football program is the strength and conditioning coach. Florida's Will Muschamp is now faced with the chore of finding a new one as Mickey Marotti, the Florida S&C coach of the last seven years, decided to follow Urban Meyer to Ohio State. Muschamp has a lot to offer and will look at the best.

Will Muschamp is looking to change the makeup of his team anyway. He wants a bigger and stronger Florida team that still has speed and explosion in every phase and unit.

With that in mind, we feel Muschamp will likely concentrate on Strength and Conditioning Coaches that have shown the propensity to produce teams with those attributes. Here is a list of coaches that should be considered.

Scott Holsopple (University of Florida) Current Title: Asst. Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Florida


Holsopple

Last 10 years…
2008-2011 - Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Florida.
2006-2007 Asst. Strength and Coditioning for University of Kentucky men's basketball team.
2001-2006 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Marquette

Why?: Was a part of the staff that developed the players for back to back 13-1 seasons and a BCS national title.

Connection: Currently employed at UF and has a relationship with the entire coaching staff and team.

Scott Cochran (University of Alabama)
Current Title: Director of Strength and Conditioning at Alabama

Last 10 years…

2007-2011 Director of Strength and Conditioning at Alabama
2004-2007 Director of Strength and training for the NBA New Orleans Hornets
2003-2004 Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for LSU
2001-2003 Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning for All Sports at LSU

Why?: Has been the director for the last four years at Alabama where his teams have dominated others physically on almost every occasion.

Connection: Muschamp was the defensive coordinator on the LSU staff in 2003 where the two would have become acquainted.

Tommy Moffit (LSU)
Current Title: Director of Strength and Conditioning


Moffitt

Last 12 years…
2000-2011 Director of Strength and Conditioning at LSU

Why?: LSU is playing for their third national title under his watch, while under two different head coaches. Their teams are always fast and physical. Bama gets a lot of press for being physical, but over the long haul, LSU has been a better team.

Connection: Muschamp was the defensive coordinator at LSU when they won the national title in 2003 and for a few other years. He certainly had to like the primo athletes that churned out of that program back then.

John Dettman (University of Wisconsin)
Current Title: Director of Strength and Conditioning


Dettman
Last 10 years…
1996-2011 Director of Strength and Conditioning at Wisconsin

Why?: The Wisconsin team has been known as the most physical team iun the Big 12 for quite some time and that is what Will Muschamp is aiming to do in the SEC with his Gators.

Connection: Dettman Worked with current Gators' running back coach Brian White at Illinois. He lso got his start in the business at a YMCA in Ft. Lauderdale (FL).

Rich Tuten (NFL's Denver Broncos)
Current Title: Strength and Conditioning Coach of the NFL Denver Broncos

Last 17 years…
1995-2011 Strength and Conditioning Coach


Tuten
Why?: Over time, Denver was that team that could plug in any running back and get production and a great deal was always made about their offensive line and their training. Their defense plays with toughness as well now. Back in the day he was the name that folks associated with Strength and Conditioning and the Florida Gators. His guys, when on campus became "Tutenized".

Connection: Had two stints with the Gators (‘80-'87 and ‘93-'94) and helped build up what was known as "The Great Wall of Florida", the 1984 offensive line. Florida receiver coach Aubrey Hill played during Tuten's time as well.

Matt Balis (Mississippi State University)
Current Title: Director of Strength and Conditioning

Last 10 years…
2009-2011 Mississippi State Director of Strength and Conditioning
2007-2008 University of Virginia Strength and Conditining Coach
2005-2006 University of Florida Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2003-2004 Univeristy of Utah Director of Strength and Conditioning
2001-2002 University of Houston Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Why?: Balis has helped turn MSU into a more physical team and rather quickly. He was Urban Meyer's guy at Utah and Bowling Green before coming to take the assistant job under Marotti when Meyer came here.

Connection: The two years he spent at Florida when Meyer first arrived.

Pat Moorer (University of Louisville)
Current Title: University of Louisville Director of Strength and Conditioning

Last 10 years…
2010-2011 University of Louisville Director of Strength and Conditioning
1999-2009 University of South Carolina Director of Strength and Conditioning

Why?: The early success that Charlie Strong has had at Louisville has made anyone on the staff a hot name of sorts. His teams at South Carolina were always physical and played hard, even if not the most highly recruited players.

Connection: Walked-on to the University of Florida and starred at linebacker playing all four years on campus (1986 - '89) where he was SEC Freshman of the Year and led the team in tackles in jis junior and senior years. He was an assistant strength coach at Florida from 1992 – '94 and was the Coordinator for Strength and Conditioning for the 1995 season.

John Gamble (NFL's Buffalo Bills)
Current Title: Co-Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Last 10 years…
2010-2011 Buffalo Bills Co-Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
2006-2009 Miami Dolphins Director of Player Development
1995-2005 Miami Dolphins Strength and Conditioning Coach

Why?: Long NFL pedigree. Connection: Was on the staff at the Dolphins when Muschamp was on the same staff.


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