Bearkats’ Speer named ‘Strength Coach of the Year’

(SID) – Kyle Speer, Sam Houston State University head strength and conditioning coach, has been named NCAA Division I football championship subdivision “Strength Coach of the Year” by American Football Monthly Magazine.

The award, sponsored by Samson’s Athletic Equipment, was announced in the March issue of the magazine.

Speer and his conditioning program were honored for their part in helping prepare the more than 350 athletes who compete in 16 sports for Sam Houston State, winners of back-to-back Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cups. The Commissioner’s Cup is a performance-based award for the best overall athletic program in the Southland Conference.

Since 2003, Sam Houston State has won nine Southland Conference sports championships including men’s basketball (2003), football (2004), women’s golf (2004 and 2007), men’s outdoor track and field (2005 and 2006), women’s outdoor track and field (2005 and 2006), and women’s indoor track and field (2007).

Other coaches honored by the magazine include Dave Redding of the San Diego Chargers (NFL), and Jay Butler of Rutgers University (NCAA Division I bowl series subdivision).

“This is an honor not only for our strength and conditioning program but also for the dedicated student-athletes who work so hard to achieve here at Sam Houston State,” Speer said. “We want to improve athleticism using specific training methods, both in the weight room and on the conditioning field based upon sport, position, training age, and so on. I really believe athletes today want to be challenged. They want to leave the training session knowing that they were challenged and that they worked hard and gave it their best.”

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