Steve Sarkisian’s new staff at USC is not without its accolades, even before they take the field with the Trojans this fall. The newest of these was bestowed upon head strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis.
USC’s Ivan Lewis was named the Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly FBS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. #FightOn
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) February 21, 2014
According to the USC RipsIt Blog, Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly “have recognized the nation’s best strength and conditioning coaches at the high school, college, and professional levels annually for 11 years.”
Lewis spent the last five years as the strength coach for Sarkisian’s Washington Huskies after years spent as an assistant to USC strength coach Chris Carlisle during the Pete Carroll era. The award was bestowed upon him for his work with Washington during the 2013 season.
Having joined the staff in Los Angeles in December, Lewis is in the middle of offseason workouts with his new team, which will need him to get the most out of a limited roster.
With just 71 scholarship players available, and potentially less than that as offseason injuries inevitably strike, Lewis’ expertise will be invaluable for the Trojans going forward.
On top of that, Lewis is tasked with conditioning a team which will be transitioning towards a quicker tempo.