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Thursday, February 23, 2017

David Beaty announces KU’s new strength coach

Former Southern Miss and UAB strength and conditioning coach Zac Woodfin was named Kansas football's director of strength and conditioning Feb. 23, 2017.

Former Southern Miss and UAB strength and conditioning coach Zac Woodfin was named Kansas football's director of strength and conditioning Feb. 23, 2017.

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Currently operating within a crucial portion of the college football offseason, Kansas head coach David Beaty wasted no time in filling a staff vacancy.

Beaty announced Thursday the addition of Zac Woodfin as director of strength and conditioning, roughly two weeks after Je’Ney Jackson moved on from the position. KU associate athletics director of sports medicine Murphy Grant oversaw the strength program in the meantime.

"Zac is a guy who really knows how to put his stamp on a program," Beaty said in a release. "He has a disciplined method of running his strength and conditioning program, yet knows how to make it fun for his players. I was really impressed with his general knowledge of the culture of college athletics and think he is a great fit for our program as continue to move forward."

A former UAB linebacker, Woodfin worked the previous two years as the head strength and conditioning coach for the entire athletics department — 16 teams in total — at Southern Miss.

Just over a year ago, Woodfin served as Southern Mississippi’s interim athletics director while the university searched for a full-time replacement.

In 2014, Football Scoop named Woodfin its Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, after UAB went from 2-10 in 2013 to 6-6 the following season, with Woodfin serving as the head strength coach at his alma mater. UAB decided to shut down its football program following the 2014 season, but has since reneged on the move and will return to the college football landscape this coming September.

Woodfin also brings some NFL experience to the KU football program. He played briefly for Baltimore in 2005. More recently, before he began working at UAB, he spent three seasons as a strength-and-conditioning assistant with the Green Bay Packers.

A 2004 graduate of UAB, with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, the Prattville, Alabama, native got his first work as a volunteer at Alabama and UAB. Woodfin then spent four years working for Athletes Performance, in Los Angeles, where he worked with professional athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLB, as well as Olympians.

Woodfin played at UAB from 2001-04 and ranks second in program history, with 372 tackles. He ranked No. 1 until Marvin Burdette broke his record in 2012. Woodfin made 149 tackles in 2003. His 99 solo stops that season still lead UAB’s record books.

Woodfin and his wife, Fawn, have a son, Valor, and a daughter, Violet.

Comments

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 4 months ago

Wow. Impressive resume. Sounds like a great hire.

David A. Smith 4 months ago

National S&C coach of the year..... that is remarkable.

Kevin Fest 4 months ago

Hopefully he can help sustain the rise of the training the players received from Je'Hey. Alot of players were said to make big jumps in their training under his direction.

Looking forward to seeing how this might show in the fall when the season starts.

Larry Winn 4 months ago

Lot's of hope needed. Seems like we have a history of turning 6ft,4" 270lb linemen into 280lb behemoths in four years. We can't recruit nor grow 300lb plus players. So wouldn't it be great if our new strength and conditioning coach could bring us up from being the smallest or amongst the littlest teams in the big 12?

John Brazelton 4 months ago

Great resume! Hope it translates to better offensive linemen which we need to most. I wonder what a strength coach makes in relation to other football coaches salaries? A strength coach has a lot of responsibility for athletes during the off-season when other coaches can recruit and refine their coaching responsibilities.

Brett McCabe 4 months ago

Looks like an extremely solid hire. Excited to see what he can accomplish. Welcome to Larryville!

Gary McCullough 4 months ago

I'd like to see A. Hudy weigh in on who would make a good strength and conditioning coach. Her approach certainly has produced significant results for the basketball team.

Bryce Landon 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, he can't be any worse than what we've had for a conditioning coach for the football team...

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