Scholz named director of football sports performance

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Cumbie announced that Dave Scholz has been hired as the Director of Football Sports Performance for the Bulldogs.

Scholz comes to Ruston after spending the past three seasons as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at Texas Tech.

“Dave brings a wealth of experience in strength and conditioning and also in nutrition to our program,” said Cumbie. “He’s very progressive in his training methods and has been instrumental in the development of student athletes everywhere he has been. Dave dedicates himself to his players and works daily for their success.”

Scholz was instrumental in the physical transformation and development of NFL Draft selections such as Jordyn Brooks, Broderick Washington Jr., and Zech McPhearson using his strength program that combines the use of analytics and nutrition.

“I am extremely excited and humbled to be joining the Louisiana Tech football staff under Head Coach Sonny Cumbie,” said Scholz. “We have developed an outstanding working relationship over the last year, and I know how committed he is to continuing to build this program.”

Scholz has spent the majority of his career at Utah State, where he began as a graduate assistant (2006-08) before transitioning into the assistant strength and condition coach role in 2008-10. He was then hired as the Aggies’ head strength and condition coach prior to the start of the 2013 season. 

In his first stint with the Aggies, Scholz assisted with all football matters of the program while serving as the head of sports nutrition. He also served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the softball and volleyball programs.

Scholz was hired as a strength and conditioning intern with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and was later promoted to a strength, nutrition and conditioning assistant in 2012. He was responsible for the 49ers quarterbacks and kickers as well as all the nutritional aspects of the organization.

Scholz has earned his CSCS Certification from the NSCA, Precision Nutrition Certification, ISSA Sports Nutrition Certification, BioSignature Modulation, PICP Levels I & II Certification, Metabolic Analytics Certification, Kinetic Chain Enhancement Upper and Lower Body Certification, and Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Certification (FRCms).

Scholz played football at Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 2002-03 and was a national-level powerlifter at the 275-power class. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise fitness from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004 and went on to obtain his master’s degree from Utah State in health, physical education and recreation in 2008.

Scholz and his wife Kara will reside in Ruston with their two Great Danes, Jetson and Zoey.

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