Los Angeles Rams has a new strength and conditioning coach to replace former coach Rock Gullickson, who retains that same position at the University of Tennessee. On Wednesday evening, it had been confirmed by sources that Rams hired Ted Rath as the teams new strength and conditioning coach. Rath just was in his his first season with the Miami Dolphins as their assistant strength and conditioning coach. He spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2009-2015.
Rath was a linebacker at the University of Toledo from 2003-06 and helped the Rockets win the 2004 Mid-American Conference championship. He is certified throug h the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and has written articles for several industry publications and speaks regularly at conferences and football camps.
After his playing career began, he became a graduate assistant at the University of Toledo. His professional career would start at Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, where he served as an assistant football coach and directed the school’s speed and strength training. Later he would return to Toledo as the assistant director of strength and conditioning coach, where he directed the strength and conditioning programs for all 15 of the school’s Olympic sports. He assisted with all phases of football training, including implementing and designing of the teams workouts. He also spent time at Toledo as a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning department, focusing on the strength programs for the men’s basketball, baseball, track, cross country, golf and swimming.
Rath was responsible in Detroit for helping start the annual Detroit Lions Strength and Conditioning Clinic in 2011. This event is a forum for providing, sharing and exchanging information in the ever-changing world of strength and conditioning.
Head Coach McVay really must have done his homework with Rath, because it seems as he come with high recognition, success, and dedication to his profession. As a fan, I’m really interested in seeing how he can give resurgence to an offensive line that seemed to weak all last season. After viewing hours of training videos of his program, he will have this entire team back in shape and stronger in no time.