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Vikings hire new strength and conditioning coach

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The Vikings were left with an open slot on their coaching staff earlier this month when strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar left the team in order to work for the United States Tennis Association.

They filled it on Friday. The team announced that Mark Uyeyama will be heading up the strength and conditioning department for the 2017 season.

Uyeyama spent the last nine years working for the 49ers under a succession of different head coaches before being dismissed upon Kyle Shanahan’s arrival in Santa Clara. He worked at Utah State before making the move to the 49ers in 2008.

Barring any other unexpected shifts from the gridiron to other pursuits, that should be the final change to Mike Zimmer’s staff before the 2017 season.

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20 Responses to “Vikings hire new strength and conditioning coach”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 23, 2017 4:13 PM

    I hope he wasn’t the guy in charge of developing Kaepernick’s body.

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 23, 2017 4:15 PM

    Looks like he’s wearing the same shirt the last guy was wearing. He fills it out a lot more, so that’s a good sign.

    That’s how you judge strength and conditioning coaches when all you have to go on is the profile picture.

  3. cheeseisfattening says: Jun 23, 2017 4:16 PM

    Love that they are sticking with a sports science guy and did not just fall back to nepotism.

  4. i, flounder says: Jun 23, 2017 4:17 PM

    a fat guy makes sense.

  5. nathanp2013 says: Jun 23, 2017 4:47 PM

    Watch out… Green Bay fans are probably upset about Green Bays ability to host the draft comments.

    My guess is that Hometown can’t wait to waddle out from under his bridge to anonymously hurl insults at any Vikings related content.

  6. longtimefanh8tr says: Jun 23, 2017 4:52 PM

    Too late to be able to strengthen Blair Walsh’s leg. So sad.

  7. wafflestomp says: Jun 23, 2017 5:10 PM

    You know, maybe if this guy knows his stuff and can beef up some of the Barney’s roster, they might be able to improve enough to catch the Lions.

  8. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Jun 23, 2017 5:17 PM

    Just biding time until a position opens up on the Lynx.

  9. scotto56 says: Jun 23, 2017 5:37 PM

    I think Viking fans are the ones who need a strength coach. It would take an inordinate amount of strength to be a fan of that team for very long.

  10. vikefan284296 says: Jun 23, 2017 5:48 PM

    I’m just contemplating how and when they’re gonna break my heart this year.

  11. hrmlss says: Jun 23, 2017 5:56 PM

    He Will “Pump Them UP”

  12. f1restarter says: Jun 23, 2017 6:16 PM

    Well, the vikings are already “conditioned” to lose, all that’s left is to improve the “strength” part.

  13. mburkett1980 says: Jun 23, 2017 7:21 PM

    One of the more well-known “random” sideline faces in the NFL. Always wondered who this guy was when watching 49ers game broadcasts; he’s been there a while.

    Good luck to this young man.

  14. frank booth says: Jun 23, 2017 7:40 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 23, 2017 4:16 PM
    Love that they are sticking with a sports science guy and did not just fall back to nepotism.
    ===================================
    Like Mike Zimmer’s son coaching the linebackers?

  15. h0metownzero says: Jun 23, 2017 9:40 PM

    Call me crazy, but I typically only want to see one chin on my strength and conditioning coach.

  16. fmc651 says: Jun 24, 2017 7:57 AM

    scotto56 says:
    Jun 23, 2017 5:37 PM

    I think Viking fans are the ones who need a strength coach. It would take an inordinate amount of strength to be a fan of that team for very long.

    )))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Exactly, it isn’t easy always being a Vikings fan. But I wouldn’t want to jump on some other team now after all these years.

  17. fmc651 says: Jun 24, 2017 7:58 AM

    I read Chip Kelly say plenty of good things about this guy. Mainly he knows his stuff.

  18. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 24, 2017 10:05 AM

    No wonder the Vikings have never won a championship.

  19. h0metownzero says: Jun 24, 2017 10:14 AM

    It is every humanitarians hope that less Viking incompetence will make for a safer training camp experience.

  20. wininer says: Jun 24, 2017 10:37 PM

    Prepare for an injured Vikings squad. This guy is not good at his job, and is fat.

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