MSU football hires new strength coach

8TB6_MSU_primary_logoBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has found his new strength and conditioning coordinator.

Mullen has hired former Ohio State assistant director of football strength and conditioning Rick Court. Court comes to Starkville with 13 years of experience and has spent the past two with the Buckeyes.

Court has also been part of the strength staffs at San Diego State, Toledo and Bowling Green, as well as interning with the Detroit Tigers. Court and Mullen were on the Bowling Green staff together in 2002.

The Grosse Point Woods, Mich., native was a two-year letter winner as a catcher on the Michigan State baseball team, where he also worked with the Spartans strength and conditioning staff. In 2001, he served as the senior team captain for the baseball team. Court also played baseball at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

Court received his master’s degree in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky in 2003. He takes over the position vacated by Matt Balis, who had served as MSU’s strength coordinator for the past five years. Balis left to take the same position at Connecticut last week.