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Cardinals hire hurdling gold medalist as speed coach

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As the Cardinals continue to shake up their strength and conditioning staff, they’ve brought an Olympic gold medalist on board.

Roger Kingdom, who won the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, has been hired as the team’s new speed coach. Kingdom will work with new strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris and assistant strength and conditioning coach Pete Alosi.

In addition to winning consecutive Olympic gold medals, Kingdom set a world record in 1989 that stood for four years, and he was the 1989 Track and Field News athlete of the year.

Kingdom played two years of football at the University of Pittsburgh before deciding to turn his attention to track, and in 2001 after retiring from track he returned to Pitt to finish his degree while working with the football and track teams.

Last week the Cardinals fired John Lott, the longtime strength coach who’s well known for firing up draft prospects during the bench press at the Scouting Combine. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wanted to go in a different direction with his conditioning staff. Hiring a track and field gold medalist as a speed coach is, if nothing else, a fresh idea.

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20 Responses to “Cardinals hire hurdling gold medalist as speed coach”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 6, 2014 5:38 PM


    A laughable move.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 6, 2014 5:40 PM

    If the Cards offensive players can’t outrun the defenders, they will simply leap over top of them on the way to the endzone.

  3. jeremy1117 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:41 PM

    I can hear him now: “If you can hurdle a hurdle, you can hurdle a defender diving at your knees.”

  4. kevpft says: Mar 6, 2014 5:43 PM

    Sounds like a really smart idea, and that’s one heck of a resume. Not to mention a very cool name.

  5. ariani1985 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:45 PM

    If you watch the combine you get sick of John Lott in a hurry.

  6. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 6, 2014 5:48 PM

    Heckuva last name.

  7. beardinals says: Mar 6, 2014 5:51 PM

    Someone is serious about speed. Just don’t go all “Al Davis” on us.

  8. MostlyRight says: Mar 6, 2014 5:52 PM

    Arians has made great moves so far. It will be interesting to see how this one pans out. Imagine that 2013 defense but with more speed and a few rookie and/or FA additions.

  9. nyfootballgiants says: Mar 6, 2014 5:56 PM

    Kingdom was an incredible athlete. Don’t forget he isn’t just a hurdler. He played football for Pitt for 2 years (college) and has coached Pitt’s Football players as well – so this isn’t such a stretch for him.

    Kudos to Arians

  10. brassknuckles47 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:57 PM

    What’s the old adage? “You can’t teach speed.” It looks as if Arians thinks you can.

  11. brintfatre says: Mar 6, 2014 6:00 PM

    Seems like a great idea to me. What professional athlete wouldn’t want a chance to learn secrets from a star in another field that can help his/her conditioning?

  12. gbpackman says: Mar 6, 2014 6:01 PM

    Its the annual over reaction time for teams to try to copy the latest SB champs. “We need more speed, like that!”

  13. luz56 says: Mar 6, 2014 6:05 PM

    Good move… All things being equal it’s all about the extra competitive edge!…guys who’ve played ball understand.. Those who don’t make stupid comments

  14. thevikesarebest says: Mar 6, 2014 6:13 PM


    Mar 6, 2014, 6:01 PM EST
    Its the annual over reaction time for teams to try to copy the latest SB champs. “We need more speed, like that!”
    Mainly packer FANS need more guessing you are about 275-300pounds.90%fat?

  15. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 6, 2014 6:16 PM

    They would. Notice how the Steelers hire football coaches.

  16. jeffnfl says: Mar 6, 2014 6:26 PM

    ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says:Mar 6, 2014 6:16 PM

    They would. Notice how the Steelers hire football coaches.


    Wow, your football expertise just glistens with this response. Very very ground breaking stuff. You’re clearly not a Steelers fan, right? I mean, with that name and all.

    You know they went 8-8, right…?

  17. fordmandalay says: Mar 6, 2014 7:36 PM

    I actually think the Cards will be a dangerous team this year, finally. Palmer is familiar with the WRs and offense now, he might have one last hurrah.

  18. brooklyn40niner says: Mar 6, 2014 7:57 PM

    Cardinals: At best a bubble team, at worst, their historically normal selves.

  19. orivar says: Mar 6, 2014 8:01 PM

    I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more.

  20. cakesw says: Mar 6, 2014 8:06 PM

    Steelers hire Football coaches???

    They apparently fire them as well….

    Now please compare Arians record the last two seasons to Tomlins and get back to us….

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