BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Thomas Stallworth, a 10-plus-year veteran in the strength and conditioning field, has been named WKU’s Director of Football Strength and Conditioning, head football coach Mike Sanford announced on Friday.
“I’m very excited to have Thomas Stallworth lead our strength and conditioning program,” Sanford said. “With his experience and success, our players will have a strength development program that is second to none. Coach Stallworth is exceptional in his ability to instill a championship culture while mentoring the young men in our program.”
A former letterman at linebacker at the University of Tennessee (1997-2001), Stallworth comes to The Hill following one season as the head strength and conditioning coach at Fresno State. Prior to Fresno State, Stallworth spent time at Texas Tech (2016) after a season at North Carolina State (2015-16).
The Lithonia, Ga., native spent three seasons (2012-15) at Mississippi State which included the program’s best season in school history in 2014 as the Bulldogs rose to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll behind the play of quarterback Dak Prescott en route to MSU’s first Orange Bowl berth since 1941.
While at Mississippi State, 12 Bulldogs were drafted into the NFL including seven in the first three rounds including 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner Johnathan Banks and 2016 NFL second-team All-Pro Bernardick McKinney. From the 2015 NC State team Stallworth worked with, three players were drafted including quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Prior to his three seasons at Mississippi State, Stallworth spent eight years leading the strength and conditioning programs at Grambling State (2008-11) and South Carolina State (2004-08).
Stallworth earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Tennessee in 2001 before earning his masters from the school in sports administration in 2004. He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
THE STALLWORTH FILE
Born: March 2, 1979
Hometown: Lithonia, Ga.
College: Tennessee, ‘01
PLAYING CAREER (Linebacker)
College: Tennessee (1997-2001)
2004-08: South Carolina State (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2008-11: Grambling State (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2012-15: Mississippi State (Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2015-16: North Carolina State (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach)
2016: Texas Tech (Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2016: Fresno State (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach)
1997: Orange (Tennessee, Player)
1998: Fiesta (Tennessee, Player) – National Championship
1999: Fiesta (Tennessee, Player)
2000: Cotton (Tennessee, Player)
2001: Citrus (Tennessee, Player)
2012: Gator (Mississippi State, Coach)
2013: Liberty (Mississippi State, Coach)
2014: Orange (Mississippi State, Coach)
2015: Belk (NC State, Coach)
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