Carlisle leaves for Seahawks

0911carlisle.jpgFollowing nine seasons at USC, highly respected head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle has resigned to take a similar position with the Seattle Seahawks.

Carlisle came in with Pete Carroll in early 2001 and now follows the former Trojan coach to the NFL. During his time at Heritage Hall, the 47-year-old Carlisle built one of the most successful strength and conditioning programs in the nation, earning national collegiate strength and conditioning coach of the year honors in 2006 from the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. Numerous former players would return from the NFL each offseason to work out with Carlisle and his staff in a unique movement-based program that set a trend in football training.

“I want people to know that I’m walking away, not running,” said Carlisle, who has 26 years of coaching experience. “There’s not a reason for me to leave except that this is a great opportunity for me to continue my career and take a step in my evolution as a strength coach. Also, this is an opportunity to work with Pete Carroll, which is a heck of an opportunity and one that’s very difficult to turn down.

“Lane Kiffin and the USC administration wanted me to stay and I really appreciate that.”

Long-time assistant strength and conditioning coach Jamie Yanchar, who has worked at USC since 1990, will be interim head strength and conditioning coach as the Trojans conduct the early portion of the offseason program. The search for the new head strength coach will begin immediately.

“I truly believe the transition will be seamless with this new staff,” Carlisle said. “Lane Kiffin and his staff will continue setting the bar in college football and maintain the standard of excellence at USC.”

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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