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.