Speer Recognized

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Kyle Speer, Sam Houston State head strength and conditioning coach, has been named NCAA Division I football championship subdivision "Strength Coach of the Year" by American Football Monthly Magazine.

The award, sponsored by Samson's Athletic Equipment, was announced in the March issue of the magazine.

Each year, one strength and conditioning coach from the National Football League, each division of NCAA football, the NAIA, and junior college football are honored for their work in the field.

Speer and his conditioning program were honored for their part in helping prepare the more than 350 athletes who compete in 16 sports for Sam Houston State, winners of back-to-back Southland Conference Commissioner's Cups. The Commissioner's Cup is a performance-based award for the best overall athletic program in the Southland Conference.

Since 2003, Sam Houston State has won nine Southland Conference sports championships including men's basketball (2003), football (2004), women's golf (2004 and 2007), men's outdoor track and field (2005 and 2006), women's outdoor track and field (2005 and 2006), and women's indoor track and field (2007).

Other coaches honored by the magazine were Dave Redding of the San Diego Chargers (NFL), Jay Butler of Rutgers University (NCAA Division I bowl series subdivision), Matt Mitchell of Grand Valley State (NCAA Division II) Lee Munger of Wisconsin-Whitewater (NCAA Division III), Trevor Miller of Saint Francis (NAIA), and Steve Braet of Butler Community College (junior college).

"This is an honor not only for our strength and conditioning program but
also for the dedicated student-athletes who work so hard to achieve here at Sam Houston State," Speer said. "A year ago, one of the winners was the strength coach at the University of Texas in Austin."

Speer's strength and conditioning techniques are featured in the article
announcing the 2007 winners of the award.

"We want to improve athleticism using specific training methods, both in the weight room and on the conditioning field based upon sport, position, training age, and so on," Speer told American Football Monthly. "I really believe athletes today want to be challenged. They want to leave the training session knowing that they were challenged and that they worked hard and gave it their best."