Vikings add two strength coaches

The Vikings continued to build on their coaching roster with the addition of two strength and conditioning coaches with decades of experience.

The Vikings announced Friday that they added two new strength and conditioning coaches to the coaching roster with the hiring of Evan Marcus as the head strength and conditioning coach and Jeff Hurd as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Marcus has 23 years of coaching experience. He served as a college assistant strength and conditioning coach at several schools, including Arizona State (1991-92), Rutgers (1993), Maryland (1994), Texas (1995-97) and Louisville (1998-99). He was named the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the New Orleans Saints in 2000 and spent three seasons with the Saints. He spent four years (2003-06) as the head strength and conditioning coach with the University of Virginia before returning to the NFL to work as the head strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10. He spent the last three seasons as Virginia's director of football training and player development.

Hurd comes to the Vikings for his 29th year of coaching and more than two decades in the NFL. He served as a strength and conditioning assistant with the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995-97 before spending the next nine years (1998-2006) with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent the last six seasons (2007-12) as the head strength and conditioning coach with the San Diego Chargers, five of those seasons under then-Chargers head coach and current Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

The Vikings have made several changes to the coaching staff and it's clear they are getting a wealth of experience – more than a half-century between them – in Marcus and Hurd.


John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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