Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Texans 2014 off-season schedule
Texans Strength and Conditioning Coaches
The action will be limited. Only strength and conditioning coaches will be allowed on the field the first two weeks, and the Texans' first voluntary minicamp isn't until May 6-8.
But [C Chris] Myers said players must buy in on day one under O'Brien. A strong showing of veterans Monday will prove the team is moving in the right direction, he said.
"I'm sure there's going to be a lot of turnout for that. I hope 100 percent, especially after last season," Myers said. "Everyone's committed 100 percent. We expect that. If not, there'll be some talking to do to some guys."
The Texans lacked player leadership in 2013, and the locker room weakened as 14 consecutive losses piled up, with some players fending for themselves and others eyeing their next contract with another team. Myers said the O'Brien era represents a clean slate and there's no time to waste for a squad that was the worst in the NFL last season.
"A lot of guys have been in and out of the (practice) facility and met a lot of the coaching staff. It's an exciting time in Houston right now," said Myers, who is entering his 10th NFL season and has played in all 16 regular-season games with the Texans during the last six years. "When you're in the NFL, if you have a close-minded personality - not open to having this new regime come in and implement its scheme - it's not your spot. You've got to be able to have all the openness to be able to learn and treat it like it's brand new. … I'm treating it like it's my rookie year all over again."
Fitzgerald served as Pen State Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football from 2012-13 after spending the previous three seasons (2009-11) overseeing the University of South Carolina strength & conditioning program.
Prior to his time at South Carolina, Fitzgerald held the title of Director of Strength and Conditioning at Harvard, where the football team won back-to-back Ivy League titles over his final two years. While at Harvard, he oversaw the training of all 41 NCAA teams, the largest number in the country.
Fitzgerald served as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, from 2000-05. At Maryland he directed the training for men's basketball, men's lacrosse, women's volleyball, and wrestling while assisting the training for football.
He began his professional career at The Catholic University of America as its first Director of Strength and Conditioning from 1997-99. He then logged a six-month stint as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University before returning to his alma mater.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Fitzgerald holds a double degree in political science and history from Maryland, graduating in 1997. He was a three-time letterwinner (1994-96) for the Terrapin football squad.
Fitzgerald is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through both the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).
In May 2010, Fitzgerald earned the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.
Fitzgerald and his wife, Mary, have three sons, Mac, Joe and Luke.
FITZGERALD’S COACHING LEDGER
2014: Head Strength and Conditioning, Houston Texans
2012-13: Director of Strength and Conditioning, Penn State
2009-11: Director of Football Strength and Conditioning, South Carolina
2005-09: Director of Strength and Conditioning, Harvard
2000-05: Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning, Maryland
1999: Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Arizona State
1997-98: Director of Strength and Conditioning, Catholic University
1997-98: Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Catholic University
Hayes came to Houston from Penn State, where he served as assistant strength and conditioning coach for football under Craig Fitzgerald for the 2012-13 seasons.
Prior to Penn State, Hayes served as a graduate assistant football and strength and conditioning coach at Jacksonville University from 2010-11. At Jacksonville, he was the varsity outside linebackers coach and junior varsity defensive coordinator in addition to assisting with strength and conditioning program.
A native of Merritt Island, Fla., Hayes is a Harvard University graduate (2009) and played linebacker on the Crimson football team. As a senior, he garnered second team All-Ivy League recognition. In the first six months of 2010, Hayes was a player/coach for the L'Hospitalet Pioneers of the European Football League, helping the team win the Spanish national championship (LNFA) and a top 10 ranking among all European teams.
HAYES’ COACHING LEDGER
2014: Assistant Strength and Conditioning, Houston Texans
2012-13: Assistant Strength and Conditioning, Penn State
2010-11: Graduate Assistant Football Strength and Conditioning/Outside Linebackers, Jacksonville University
2010: Player/Coach, L’Hospitalet Pioneers (EFL)
Pleasant came to Houston from Kansas City, where he served as defensive line coach from 2010-2012. He served an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Chiefs in 2009, working closely with the club’s defensive ends, before being promoted to his role as defensive line coach.
In his three seasons overseeing the defensive line, the Chiefs defensive front accounted for 25.5 sacks and 71 quarterback pressures.
Pleasant owns 14 seasons of NFL playing experience as a defensive lineman, seeing duty in 202 regular season games (157 starts) with Cleveland (1990-95), Baltimore (1996), Atlanta (1997), the New York Jets (1998-99), San Francisco (2000) and New England (2001-03). He is one of just five active NFL assistant coaches to own 200 or more games of playing experience.
It was during his tenure as a player with the Jets that Pleasant began his association with current Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who served as the team’s defensive line coach. He finished his career with 598 tackles (407 solo), 58.0 sacks (-345.5 yards), two INTs, 13 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The Century, Fla., native started seven career playoff games, owning Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII rings from his tenure with New England. Pleasant produced 26 tackles (25 solo), a sack and a pass defensed in the postseason. He originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (73rd overall) of Cleveland in the 1990 NFL Draft.
Pleasant was a three-year letterman at Tennessee State, recording 140 tackles (88 solo), 32.0 tackles for loss, 21.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and five passes defensed. He joined a long line of Tennessee State defensive ends to earn Pro Bowl honors in the NFL, including Richard Dent, Claude Humphrey and Ed "Too Tall" Jones. Pleasant earned All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades as a senior. He was an all-state performer as a defensive lineman at Century High School, where he also played basketball and baseball.
PLEASANT’S COACHING LEDGER
2014: Assistant Strength and Conditioning, Houston Texans
2010-12: Defensive Line, Kansas City Chiefs