Bears Hire New Conditioning Coordinator

LAKE FOREST — The Bears announced the hiring of 20-year NFL veteran Rusty Jones as the team's new strength and conditioning coordinator Thursday.

Jones replaces Russ Riederer, who retired as strength and conditioning coach after 13 years working with the team.

Jones had been with the Buffalo Bills since 1985, spending 19 years as their strength and conditioning coordinator before being promoted to Director of Physical Development/Assistant to the Head Coach prior to last season.

During his tenure in Buffalo, Jones worked under six head coaches including Hall of Famer Marv Levy and worked with over 25 different Pro Bowlers including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and James Loften.

Jones help create a nutritional program specifically designed for each player to maximize performance and to maintain year-round health. Jones gained league-wide notoriety for getting Bills players in top physical condition while Buffalo enjoyed success running the "no-huddle" offense in the early 1990's. Prior to joining the Bills in June of 1985, Jones spent two years as the conditioning supervisor for the DeBartolo Corporation, working in Pittsburgh with the Penguins, Spirit and Maulers (1983-84).

Jones earned a physical education degree from Springfield College (Mass.) and taught for two years at Dover High School in New Hampshire. The native of Berwick, Maine and Noble High School returned to Springfield to earn a master's degree in exercise physiology (1979-82), serving as a graduate assistant with the football program during that time.

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