Vols hiring strength and conditioning coach Rock Gullickson
While a lot of people blame strength and conditioning for many of the injuries I still feel a lot of them were not related to this but still a change was made and here is the guy they picked:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is finalizing the hiring of Rock Gullickson as strength and conditioning coach, according to sources within the Vols’ program.
Gullickson, formerly of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, has been at the top of UT’s list since November. When Los Angeles fired head coach Jeff Fisher in December, Butch Jones’ top target became more of a reality.
The outgoing status of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart, who announced his pending retirement in August, is not expected to complicate the hiring process for Gullickson.
Gullickson has been an NFL strength coach since 2000 with the New Orleans Saints, and from there, he became the NFL Strength Coach of the Year in 2007 as voted by his peers while working with the Green Bay Packers before being hired by the Rams in 2009.
The Tennessee offseason conditioning program came into question this season after the Vols got off to a sluggish start, particularly on the offensive line.
Tennessee also sustained an uncharacteristically high number of injuries, with only four position players staying healthy enough to start every game this season.
Several players could be seen wearing green no-contact jerseys throughout much of the season, even team captains when there were practices that had no contact.
Prior to his time in the NFL, Gullickson was a college strength coach for 22 years, at Rutgers (1990-92), Texas (1993-97) and Louisville (1998-99).
Jones was a graduate assistant at Rutgers when Gullickson was there, creating a tie-in that led to the ongoing hiring process.
Former NFL and CFL receiver Jim Guarantano, father of Vols QB Jarrett Guarantano, was also at Rutgers when Gullickson was there.=