BYU will reportedly bring on Erick Schork to join its basketball coaching staff as Strength and Conditioning Coach sometime next week. He will replace the recently departed Bob Medina. The Cougars utilized Medina's 20-plus years of NBA experience and, despite Medina's mysterious exit, Schork will undoubtedly have big shoes to fill.
Pat Kinahan of 1280 AM "The Zone" in Salt Lake City was the first to report the hiring on Tuesday evening:
Erick Schork will join BYU next week as strength coach. He comes from St. Louis basketball, where he work with Rick Majerus and Alex Jensen— Patrick Kinahan (@PKKinahan) June 8, 2016
Schork comes to BYU with a rich background in strength and conditioning coaching. He served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Saint Louis Billikens' basketball program for over six years, before being promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics. He was also named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in 2013, which is the highest honor that a strength and conditioning coach can receive at the collegiate level.
Before working at Saint Louis, he spent four years at Wright State as the Director of Strength and Conditioning. His professional resume also includes stints at Ohio State University as an assistant strength coach, with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and as the speed coach for the Wittenberg University football team. He has also served as a consultant for USA Youth Hockey.
BYU basketball obviously presents unique challenges for someone in Schork's new role, with many athletes returning from two-year church service and having to be eased into basic exercises before normal workout routines can be fully executed. Schork will undoubtedly seek to tackle this challenge using his wealth of strength and conditioning knowledge in basketball and many other sports. With his experience and skill set, he should be an excellent asset for the program for many years to come.