2010 Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients will determine the the 2010 winners. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however a panel of coaches make the final decision.  Voting for this award ends on Thursday December 16th.

Previous winners of the Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year award are Don Summer (TCU, 2008) and Joey Batson (Clemson, 2009).

Matt Balis
Jim Radcliffe
Kevin Yoxall
Mississippi State Oregon Auburn

Matt Balis – Mississippi State University

A number of coaches nominated Matt Balis for Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year.  Dan Mullen probably agrees.  Mullen has been outspoken about Balis, at one point this year saying, “We have the best strength coach in the country.” The results were evident on the field. Mississippi State finished games better than any team in a long time in Starkville.   An SEC assistant strength coach told FootballScoop, “Our head coach walked by, and kind of under his breath, said it’s been a long time since they’ve looked like that (at State)?”

Prior to his time at Mississippi State, Balis previously served either as the director or assistant director at UVA, Florida, Utah and Houston.

Jim Radcliffe – University of Oregon

FootballScoop recently spoke with several coaches involved with the Oregon football program. Each coach was quick to point out how strong the year round strength & conditioning program is under Jim Radcliffe. “Coach Radcliffe does an exceptional job educating our guys about their bodies and how important the overall strength & conditioning program is to their individual success.” An assistant coach in the PAC-10 told us, “Oregon’s guys look and play like NFL players.  We recruited those same guys and trust me, they didn’t look like that when they were in high school.”

Coach Radcliffe has been with Oregon since the early 80’s and has been their Head Strength & Conditioning Coach since 1985.

Kevin Yoxall – Auburn University

One head strength coach emailed in, “Yox had his guys ready for four quarters. He’s been there a while, but this year’s group, to me, was noticeably stronger, quicker, and their endurance couldn’t be matched. The guy is a phenomenal strength coach and this had to be one of his best years.” A number of strength coaches in the profession agreed and pointed out that Auburn stayed healthy throughout the grinding SEC schedule…certainly a compliment to Yox and his staff. 

Coach Yoxall has been at Auburn since 1999. Prior to that, he served as the head strength coach at UCLA for a number of years and at Minnesota prior to that.

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