In a move that strengthens the football team’s strength and conditioning program, head coach Brent Brennan has hired Cullen Carroll.

Today, Cullen Carroll was named Director, Football Strength and Conditioning by Arizona Wildcats head coach Brent Brennan.
Carroll joins the Tucson program after spending a year as the head coach of football athletic performance at San Jose State. In that role, Carroll was responsible for the development of all student-athletes in the program. Injury avoidance, improved athletic performance, and the development of mental discipline were the focal points of Cullen and his team’s strategy.

Carroll is being discussed by Head Coach Brent Brennan. “The comprehensive development of our student-athletes including the durability and physical performance of our roster has been at an elite level since he joined our program.” Then Coach Brennan went on. The success of Carroll’s student-athletes has had an incalculable effect on our program. Our strength and conditioning coach is a top-tier national expert; under his direction, our young men will excel.

In 2023, the Spartans’ six-game winning streak, which included Carroll’s contributions, helped the team earn a share of the Mountain West Conference regular season title and earn a spot in the 2023 Easy Post Hawai’i Bowl. Carroll had a major influence on the availability and health of SJSU’s football players through his extensive work with the Spartan football program’s student-athletes. Carroll spent nine years at Stanford in a variety of capacities, most notably as director of football sports performance from 2019 to 22 before heading back to his old mater, San Jose State.

In Carroll’s four years as head of Stanford’s sports performance department, the student athletes flourished. Carroll has covered four NFL Drafts since 2019, during which thirteen players have been chosen by different NFL teams. He has a long history of assisting NFL draft prospects, having done so for 35 players, four of whom were selected in the first round.

In his four years as an assistant football sports performance coach at Stanford, Carroll helped the Cardinal win the Foster Farms Bowl in 2014, the Pac-12 Conference in 2015, the Rose Bowl Game in 2016, and the Sun Bowl in 2017. Carroll gained rapid promotion from his position as an intern in 2014 to that of assistant football sports performance coach during the 2014 off-season after joining the Cardinals.

Carroll has assisted with the wrestling program at Stanford University and has also worked as a sports performance coach for the men’s swimming and gymnastics teams. Carroll oversaw the men’s swimming team as they won the Pac-12 in 2016 and again in 2017. Carroll helped with the 2013 football season at Wake Forest University in every way before he came to Stanford.

Carroll, a linebacker and native of Petaluma, California, earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Willamette University and a master’s degree in kinesiology from San José State University. Carroll got his start in coaching while still a student at Willamette University, where he was the head strength and conditioning coach.

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