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Coach 'Ed' Named Strength Finalist
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/07/2009
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Dec. 7, 2009

Arizona strength coach Corey Edmond has been named a finalist for 2009 Strength and Conditiioning Coach of the Year by footballscoop.com, a national Web site for football coaches and allied support staff.

Edmond, UA's director of performance enhancement, joined the staff in 2004 to work primarily with Mike Stoops' football program. His strength and conditioning program has helped Arizona to back-to-back bowl appearances and helped individuals reach unprecedented physical prowess.

Players, fans and others can endorse Edmond's candidacy in online voting here: CLICK

The Finalists for the Award:

Corey Edmond - Arizona

Corey Edmond was one of the first hired Mike Stoops made when he became the head coach at Arizona in January 2004. As Arizona's Director of Performance Enhancement, Edmond is the Wildcat's chief Strength and Conditioning coach for football. Edmond's program isn't all about the weights, he also emphasizes developing speed through core work, flexibility and stretching. From 1999-2003 Edmond was an assistant Strength coach at Oklahoma and prior to that he was the head football strength coach at Chattanooga from 1995-99. In nominating Edmond, a fellow Strength coach who has worked with Edmond in the past said, "Corey's got a program. He refines it for each player; but he's got a program. Players enjoy it; even though he can be stern. He's just a great coach."

Joey Batson - Clemson

Coach Batson has been running his program at Clemson for 13 seasons. In May he was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the CSCCa. FootballScoop spoke with Coach Batson who said he works hard to "instill strong work ethic in his players. We motivate them, stoke their passion for the game and try to keep them hungry for improvement." In nominating Coach Batson, a fellow S&C coach noted that, "If you guys have the opportunity to spend a few days at Clemson watching what Joey does you should. The man is a complete professional and has the respect of every coach and player on the team." FootballScoop noted that after the first day of August practice this season, new Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele commented that, "The number 1 thing that stood out at me today was Joey Batson. I've been at practices at other schools where seven or eight guys are on I.V.'s after the first practice. Not one of those today. The job he (Batson) did this summer can't be stated enough."

Chris Doyle - Iowa

Coach Doyle is in his 11th year as S&C coach for Iowa football, helping the Hawkeyes become bowl eligible this season and for each of the last eight. When FootballScoop asked Coach Doyle what they do that is special at Iowa Coach Doyle responded, "It's not what we do, it's how we do it. We believe in Individual Program Design and we definitely believe in creating a year round competitive environment for the kids." Doyle also noted that head coach Kirk Ferentz is extremely supportive of the S&C program and that has allowed the Strength program to grow and improve over the last decade. In nominating Coach Doyle, several coaches noted that "Iowa doesn't get many five star guys; but after a few years in Chris' program, the kids sure do look like five star guys."

Jay Butler - Rutgers

Jay Butler is one of the best in the business. Possibly one of the best quotes from all of the nominating emails we received was, "Rutgers gets a bunch a athletes from Florida that are fast and strong; but after a year in JB's program, they are fast, strong and Jersey tough!" Another coach added "Have you seen the guys JB puts out? He takes some guys that really aren't that strong when they arrive and turns them into beasts. Look at his guys in the NFL!" Butler is in his ninth season as head football S&C coach and is in his fifth season as Assistant AD for S&C.

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