Olympian Roger Kingdom new speed coach

Posted by Darren Urban on March 6, 2014 – 11:29 am

The Cardinals hired Buddy Morris as their new strength and conditioning coach Tuesday. Today, one of the men Morris used to train became his new coaching associate — and it is an interesting hire to say the least. Olympian hurdler Roger Kingdom, who won gold medals in the hurdles in both the 1984 Los Angeles and the 1988 Seoul Games, will be the Cardinals’ new speed coach. With assistant strength and conditioning coach Pete Alosi remaining in place, the Cards have grown their coaching staff yet again in a quest to have the Cards be a one-stop shop for however the players need to prepare.

Kingdom originally attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship, so he knows the sport. That’s how he knew Morris, who was the school’s strength coach from 1980-89 in his first of three stints there. Kingdom won the gold in the 110-meter hurdles. He retired from the sport in 1999 (he briefly tried a comeback a few years later) and spent time as the track coach at California University of Pennsylvania. During his track career, Kingdom was a five-time United States outdoor champion (1985, 1988-90 and 1995) and two-time gold medalist at the Pan American Games (1983, 1995). He also holds a World Cup gold medal (1989) and won gold at the World University Games in 1989.

Now he will try to bring his speed training to the Cardinals. That’s something Bruce Arians has harped on since he arrived. Meanwhile, Morris in past interviews has talked about how he doesn’t believe Olympic-style lifting helps guys play football. This will be a very interesting transition to a new strength and conditioning program, and will make for an intriguing offseason.

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9 Responses to “Olympian Roger Kingdom new speed coach”

  1. By SteveG on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    I remember Kingdom as a runner..Total stud, and I am intrigued to see if you can coach a consistent increase in speed/quickness…BA seems to think so and it is hard to argue with him….

  2. By Rich on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    watched and remember kingdom. great athlete. interesting move.

  3. By Blair on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    Awesome video

  4. By mal on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    So, Darren, we lost a Lott, but gained a Kingdom?

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    Mal —

    RE: Coaches comment


  6. By D on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t be surprised if a few of the top OT in free agency are signed tomorrow. The Ravens gave up draft pick for Monroe, they will make a strong push for him, also Oakland has tons of cap space and Veldheer wants to return to OAK.
    If both happens tomorrow, that shrinks the market and teams with more cap space, like MIA will make it more challenging for AZ to get one of the two other good Tackles on the Market. Albert and a step lower in Collins.

  7. By clssylssy on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    I see where the Saints might be shopping Sproles….interesting! I know the Saints are getting desperate with no Cap space and the exit of core players they can’t afford to keep. I like Mendenhall as a pounder and thought he was looking OK toward the end of the season but with Taylor a younger version of Ed Reed perhaps Sproles would be a good addition since it sounds as if Ellington will be spread thin on both sides of the ball. There is so much talent out there my worst fear is that the Seahawks is going to grab the cream of the crop and become the Patriots of the west only better!

  8. By AzDesertRat1953 on Mar 6, 2014 | Reply

    Just when you think things could not get any Better for the off season or you think you have this Team figured out, Wham, you are Wrong!

    First Buddy Morris to condition and get the Team stronger and last longer on the field and now Roger Kingdom to teach how to run faster. I did notice one thing,

    Roger had a Fitz type body in that 12.98 sec run. I wonder how much faster Fitz could be with help from Morris the Kingdom. Half a second could be six more TD’s a year.

    Then you have possibly the same mind set as Morris, in Kingdom, on the way guys pump iron. It is one thing to lift to get big but it is different if you want also be able to run fast or be quick. The work you do in the weight room should be for Fast, Quick and Strong. Not just for some of the fast guys but for Everyone.

    This is going to be an interesting off season for sure.

    GO CARDS!!!

  9. By clssylssy on Mar 7, 2014 | Reply

    I guess speed is the “new direction” BA was talking about and the addition of a former two time Olympic gold medalist got my attention. If Roger Kingdom can add a little speed to the step, that’s all good but I think his best efforts will be spent on the younger guys and there are a couple of backs who seem to be flying under the radar (didn’t see them on the Top 32) possibly because of their size or maybe it’s the school they’re from. D’Anthony Thomas RB from Oregon is only 5’9″ 175 pounds but has been described as the most “electric” player in the draft, not an every down back but one of the best kick and punt returners. I suspect that Chip Kelley has been watching this guy and he won’t last long although his size seems to matter. Dri Archer from Kent State had a 4.26 at the Combine and is another small guy who might be worth considering, especially now that we have Roger Kingdom.
    Looking at the Seahawks and around the league, it seems that size does matter and the trend is for the big, strong, massive monsters who can pick ya up and lay ya out without causing injury (like Fitz did to Sherman) so strength is always going to be important to the majority of the players on the team unless they can run away from the big guys! This is all very exciting and will be intriguing to watch play out. It would seem that this is not an either/or thing and I know my daughter, a gymnast, was stronger than most of the football players at her school but was also fleet of foot–both very much needed for success!

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