Director of Performance Enhancement
Years in Coaching: 15
Year at Arizona: 4th
One of the remarkable improvements in Arizona football during Mike Stoops’ tenure is the physical development of players. That can be traced directly to performance enhancement director Corey Edmond.
Edmond joined the UA staff in January 2004, coming from the University of Oklahoma where he had been an assistant strength and conditioning coach, working directly with the football program since 1999.
At Arizona he was promoted to director of performance enhancement in early 2005 and serves as the football program’s chief strength and conditioning coach. He also will work more closely with the UA men’s basketball team during the 2005-06 school year.
His work with assistant Mark Hill produced the most dramatic improvement on Arizona’s football program in the past year and half. For example, half a dozen players with a minimal two years’ exposure to Stoops’ and Edmond’s system positioned themselves for the 2006 NFL draft or free agency, in no small part due to their demonstrated physical growth and potential, plus the work ethic that helped achieve it.
|Laurie, Corey, Darren and Leah Edmond|
Edmond, 37, has previous director’s experience as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1995-99. Prior to that, he worked directly with the football program as an assistant coach for three years, working with defensive ends and linebackers at UTC from 1993 to 1995.
A 1993 North Carolina State graduate, Edmond played three years for the Wolfpack from 1987-90, appearing in the Peach, Copper and All-American Bowls, then signed a 1991 free-agent contract with the then Houston Oilers. He stayed with the organization for two years then returned to complete degree studies at N.C. State.
Edmond, a native of Sussex, Va., was a starting inside linebacker for N.C. State against Arizona in the 1989 Copper Bowl in Arizona Stadium (now the Insight Bowl in Phoenix), making five tackles including one for a loss in the game the Cats won, 17-10.
Edmond and his wife, Laurie, have two children, Leah and Darren.
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The Edmond File
Arizona Director of Performance Enhancement
Birthdate: February 15, 1969
Hometown: Sussex, Va.
High School: Sussex High School
College: North Carolina State, 1993
Playing Experience: North Carolina State, 1987-90
Houston Oilers, 1990
Family: Wife, Laurie; daughter, Leah; son, Darren