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Stanford becomes first FBS program to endow strength coach

Stanford announced earlier this morning that their football sports performance coordinator position has been endowed by John and Kathy Kissick in honor of their family, and the official title of the position has been changed to Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance.

That means that Shannon Turley, FootballScoops 2011 Strength and Conditioning Coordinator of the Year (and one of the most well respected strength coaches in the business), will now carry the endowed title. Stanford is the first FBS program in the country to endow their sports perfomance director.

"It is a tremendous and humbling honor to have our sports performance program and my role recognized with this endowed directorship. This is a powerful institutional commitment that is not only professionally rewarding but also personally gratifying to come from a great supporter and friend." Turley said in the official press release.

The Kissicks also spoke very highly of Turley, who they credit as an instrumental part of the culture change in Palo Alto.

“Nobody deserves this more than Shannon. Coach Turley has been, and is, a crucial, integral part of what Stanford supporters correctly believe is the biggest and most successful turnaround in the history of college football," John Kissick explained. "Shannon has executed on a key Stanford goal of making the team physically dominant and able to impose its will upon opponents.”

Congratulations to Coach Turley from the entire FootballScoop staff for this very deserving honor.