New USC head coach Steve Sarkisian continues to build his staff at USC, this time targeting Washington strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis, according to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Lewis joined Sarkisian in Washington when he first arrived in 2009. He had been an assistant to Chris Carlisle, USC’s strength coach under Pete Carroll, for three seasons.
Prior to that Lewis was on staff with the San Diego Chargers, the University of San Diego and Mount Si High School in Washington.
Lewis’ new role with the Trojans will be particularly key, probably more than it was at Washington given USC’s depth issues. He will need to get more out of less players, especially with the switch to an uptempo offense, which will affect not just the offense running more plays more quickly, but the defense who will have to contend with less rest on the sidelines as the offense finishes drives more quickly.
In other coaching news, it seems that Todd Washington, the Ravens assistant offensive line coach, has turned down Sarkisian’s offer to join the staff as well.
Baltimore Ravens assistant Todd Washington will not be joining #USC as offensive line coach
— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) December 23, 2013