Jan. 31, 2014
David Bailiff announced on Friday that Kevin Yoxall has been named Rice's new Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.
"Kevin Yoxall is respected throughout the country as one of the leaders in his field and I know our players are excited to begin working with him," Bailiff said. "He has a proven track record of inspiring athletes to reach their full potential and many of them maintain relationships with him long after their careers have ended. He's a Texan and is thrilled to be a Rice Owl."
A veteran of 26 years on the collegiate level, Yoxall comes to Rice after spending one year supervising the strength and conditioning programs at Strake Jesuit School in Houston. Prior to Strake, Yoxall was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Auburn for 14 years.
Yoxall earned his undergraduate degree from East Texas State and began his coaching career in 1987 at TCU as a graduate assistant. Two years later after earning his Master's in Physical Education, he was promoted to the head strength coaching position with the Horned Frogs. He left Fort Worth in 1992 to take over the conditioning programs at Minnesota, then moved west in 1996 to guide the strength and conditioning program at UCLA before moving on to Auburn in January of 1999.
Yoxall set a collegiate regional record-holder for power lifting in 1982, and was named a Collegiate All-American power lifter in 1983. He was named Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society in 2005, and the Pac-10 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 1998. Yoxall received his profession's highest honor in 2002 when the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association named him "Master Strength and Conditioning Coach".