Sept. 30, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced that Ben Ashford joined the coaching staff as the strength and conditioning coach. Ashford began working with the baseball program in August of 2013.
“Ben has brought a couple things to the program. He relates to the players very well and brings the intensity and focus you want from the strength and conditioning program,” Gaspard said. “He adds another dimension to our program in that area, and we’re very excited about that. We feel that he can really grow with our team as we move forward.”
After working as an intern in the Crimson Tide strength and conditioning department for 18 months, Ashford assumed a full-time role with the department in August, when he was named the strength and conditioning coach for the baseball team.
“I’m am humbled and blessed to be part the Alabama athletics department,” Ashford said. “Getting an opportunity to work at the University of Alabama is a dream-come true for me. This is a very exciting time to be part of this athletic program and I’m truly grateful to work with the baseball program and assist with the player’s development. Working at Alabama gives me the opportunity to wake up each day and live out my passion for coaching, and I wear the Alabama logo with tremendous pride.”
Ashford came to the University of Alabama in January of 2012, and in a year and a half as an intern in the strength and conditioning department, he worked with football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s rowing, swimming and diving team and the cheerleading program.
In his original role with the department, he was involved with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program, and was responsible for programing and coaching team and individual workouts. He also assisted with the rehab for injured players, helped facilitate proper lifting technique for freshman athletes and conducted speed and agility testing.
“He’s a real technician in the weight room and on the field he’s very focus on the movements you have to have in our game, with pitching, defensively and offensively,” Gaspard said. “In the running area he’s been very detailed, working with the coaching staff and the development of our players. We feel strongly that he’s going to continue the growth of the players in all of those areas.”
Ashford earned his master’s degree in human performance from the University of Alabama in May of 2013. Ashford completed a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 2004. After completing his undergraduate degree, Ashford spent five years working with Birmingham, Ala., construction companies, Rives Construction (2004), The Stewart Perry Company (2005-08) and Doster Construction (2008-09).
He is also a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and will be sitting for his certification in May of 2014.
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