Kaz Kazadi is in his fifth 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.
Prior to Baylor, Kazadi spent the 2007 season at South Florida, where as
assistant strength coach 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 Hurricanes 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.
After his professional playing career ended, 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-jonvee-
tah ka-ZA-dee). He and his wife Monique have three children: Rasun,
Isis and Rohon.