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Football: Bears expand strength/conditioning staff, hire new coach to handle football duties

Damon Harrington was hired as Cal’s new football head strength and conditioning coach, and will work under Mike Blasquez, the athletic department’s director of strength and conditioning.

“We have restructured our strength and conditioning department to better serve the needs of our entire student-athlete population,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “The addition of Damon will add to an already excellent and experienced staff  that will take both our entire strength and conditioning program as well as our specific operation for football to new heights.”

“I think we got better as a program today,” head football coach Sonny Dykes said. “We added more expertise with both Mike’s move and Damon’s addition. We’re very excited about the future and both guys are excited to work with each other.”

Harrington comes to Cal from Louisiana Tech, where he worked with Dykes during two stints as head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater. Most recently, he has been at LaTech since January 2006. He also has worked as assistant director of player development at Georgia Tech.

“I’m extremely excited to be part of a program the caliber of Cal and look forward to the challenge of competing in the Pac-12,” Harrington said. “I am truly humbled and blessed with this opportunity and am committed to helping these players perform at the highest level.”

Harrington began his collegiate playing career at Louisiana Tech as a walk-on in 1995 before earning a scholarship his sophomore season. He started every game at linebacker during his final two campaigns with 121 stops in 1998 and 122 in 1999. Harrington earned All-Louisiana honors both seasons, while also being named to the All-Independent team by Football News as a senior in 1999.

Harrington earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech in fitness and wellness in 2000 and completed his master’s degree from the school in sports science in 2002.

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Another Louisiana Tech hire. Go figure.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    I don’t care where the S&C Coach came from, only that he prepares our players for the season & can cut down on the number of injuries.

  • A-Dubble

    Blasquez is his boss. I’m pretty sure we’re still in good hands.

  • BlueNGold

    I agree about the need to reduce injuries. The last few years we have been getting killed by injuries at key positions, particularly on the lines. That, coupled with lack of depth, has caused a lot of problems for Cal. Hopefully the new approach will help change that.