Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Corey Edmond
Position: Director of Performance Enhancement
Hometown: Sussex, Va.
High School: Sussex High School

Arizona's football program under Mike Stoops includes a high priority on player development, and the leadership in that focus starts with Corey Edmond, associate director of athletics and director of performance enhancement.

Edmond has taken the program to the next level in getting players to endorse and execute the many hours of training to improve physically. His efforts earned him 2009 semifinals for strength and conditioning coach of the year by

He has been a key since Mike Stoops took over the program, joining the UA staff in January 2004. He came 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 has worked with the UA men's and women's basketball teams, among others, during his tenure. He was named as associate AD in 2010.

His work has produced dramatic improvement for Arizona football's physical status. In the past four years 12 players were drafted by NFL teams, in no small part due to their physical development. The team's changeover in physical growth and the work ethic that achieved it is clear. He helped position a half dozen Wildcats for the NFL Draft in 2011.

Edmond, 42, 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. Laurie works with the athletic department's directed-study academic component.

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