When you hear the term “New Regime” in context of the San Diego Chargers, the first names that come to mind are usually the new general manager Tom Telesco, the new head coach Mike McCoy, and maybe the new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. What most seem to forget is that the new regime goes way deeper than that, as far as coaches are concerned.
Strength and Conditioning coach Kent Johnston is also a first year member of the Charger coaching staff. His coaching career started in 1987 with Tampa Bay up until 1991. In 1992, he was the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Green Bay Packers for 7 seasons. During that span he was fortunate to be a part of 6 playoff appearances, 2 Super Bowl appearances, and 1 Super Bowl trophy for the 1996-97 season. The year 1997 continued to be a great one for Johnston as he was named the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. He spent the past 3 years with the Browns and now he is a member of THE San Diego Chargers at 57 years of age.
Johnston will not be alone. Another first year coach for the Chargers, Ricky Lyle, will be the assistant Strength and Conditioning coach in San Diego. Lyle, 42, is a former defensive end who played 9 season in the NFL. One season included a Super Bowl win with the 2002-03 New England Patriots. Lyle’s coaching career began in 2006 with the Jets. The past 4 seasons he was an assistant head coach for the Cleveland Browns, three of which he spent under Kent Johnston.
Johnston and Lyle will replace former strength and conditioning head coach Jeff Hurd and assistant coach Vernon Stephens. These two hires came in 2007 along with the arrival of Norv Turner.
These coaches are not to be looked over, as they are key pieces to the organization as well, having a direct influence on the players.
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