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Samson Equipment Names Kazadi Strength Coach of the Year

Kaz Kazadi

Feb. 25, 2013

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. - Baylor assistant athletic director for athletic performance Kaz Kazadi has been named the 2012 Samson Equipment Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year at the FBS level, American Football Monthly announced recently.

Kazadi was one of nine coaches honored at all levels of football by Samson and American Football Monthly. The award is the second that Kazadi has received in the last three months as he was named the 2012 FootballScoop Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year in December.

Kazadi completed his fifth-year with the Baylor football team in 2012, after he was hired by head coach Art Briles in 2008.

During his time with the Bears, Kazadi has been credited with creating one of the most athletically fit teams in the country. His philosophy centers around encouraging student-athletes to be mentally tough, emotionally stable, and disciplined in all aspects of their life as well as getting them physically strong and fast.

Over the past five seasons, Baylor has had 12 players selected in the NFL Draft, including five in 2012. The Bears' record is 33-30 during Kazadi's tenure. BU has also played in bowl games in three straight seasons for the first time in school history.

Besides his football duties, Kazadi oversees the athletic performance program for Baylor's entire athletic department and a staff of 10. He was responsible for outfitting the 13,500 square foot athletic performance wing of Baylor's state-of-the-art Simpson Athletic Center when it was built in 2010.

Prior to Baylor, Kazadi, a native of Zaire, Africa, spent the 2007 season at South Florida, after serving in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri.

In college, Kazadi was a standout linebacker at Tulsa, before going on to play five years of professional football.



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