Kaz Kazadi is in his sixth season at Baylor and serves as the Assistant A.D. for Athletic Performance (strength and conditioning). Hired by head coach Art Briles in 2008, he is credited with the improved performance and conditioning of Baylor's student-athletes in recent seasons.
Kazadi oversees the athletic performance program for Baylor's entire athletic department and a staff of 10. He was responsible for outfitting the spacious athletic performance wing of Baylor's state-of-the-art Simpson Athletic Center, a premier facility nationwide.
Kazadi was named the 2013 FBS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly for his results with the Baylor football program.
Prior to Baylor, Kazadi spent the 2007 season at South Florida, where as assistant strength coach he developed a Bulls team that reached No. 2 in the wire service polls for one week and earned a bid to the Brut Sun Bowl.
A standout linebacker at the University of Tulsa, Kazadi earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors for the Hurricane and was a Butkus Award semifinalist. He received his bachelor's degree from Tulsa in sociology with a psychology minor.
Drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Rams in 1997 after an All-American senior season which saw him earn a Fitness All-American Award, he played five years of pro ball, including stints in the Canadian Football League and the World Football League.
Following his professional playing career, Kazadi was a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri where he earned his master's degree from the school of education in counseling psychology with an emphasis in health promotion and sport psychology. From there, he spent two seasons as a strength and conditioning coach with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs before moving to USF.
A native of Zaire, Africa, Kazadi immigrated to the United State at age 8. His given name is Muadianvita Machkaz Kazadi (pronounced MA-jon-vee-tah ka-ZA-dee). He and his wife Monique have three children: Ra-sun, Isis and Rohon.