Coggins Named First Strength and Conditioning CoachMay 15, 2007
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern has hired Ken Coggins as the new Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the athletic department, Athletic Director Hank Small announced, Tuesday.
Coggins comes to Charleston Southern on June 1, where he will be the first ever full-time strength and conditioning coach. He joins the staff from Jackson State, where he spent four years on the football staff as the first strength coach in school history.
“I am as excited about joining Charleston Southern’s athletic department as I have ever been,” said the newly appointed Coggins. “My wife, Tina, and I are excited to be there, to take the department to the next level, and to bring a championship there.”
The 44-year-old Jackson native has worked with some of the world’s most recognizable athletes, including Olympic champion Michael Johnson, former NFL All-Pro Neil Smith, two-time world champion Alfred Williams of the Denver Broncos, Olympic and downhill world champion Picabo Street, track and field champions Adam Goucher and Allen Johnson and, most recently, guard Derek Fisher of the NBA’s Utah Jazz.
Coggins, a 1986 Mississippi State University graduate, joined the JSU football staff after a four-year stint with Belhaven College (1999-2003). He also worked at Missouri State University (1995-99), the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (1990-95), University of Memphis (1988-90) and Delta State University (1988).
Coggins, who owns a B.S. degree in fitness management and exercise physiology, also was a graduate of the Soviet and Bulgarian Science of Speed, Strength and Conditioning Program (1988).
Coggins and his wife have a 12-year old daughter, Lauren.