Brannen tabbed associate head coach; DeNeen named new strength and conditioning coach
Head strength and conditioning coach Lou DeNeen enters his second season at Alabama. DeNeen came to the Capstone with nearly 30 years of experience in the profession. Prior to coming to Alabama, DeNeen spent six years at UAB (2007-13), following successful stints at Florida International (1991-94, 1997-2007) and California (1994-97).
1991-94: Florida International - Strength & Conditioning Coach
With DeNeen's help, UAB made four straight postseason appearances (one NCAA, three NIT) from 2008-11. The 2010-11 season marked the 16th time in DeNeen's career that he had been the strength coach for a men's or women's basketball team that reached postseason play. DeNeen earlier spent a total of 13 years in two stints as head strength and conditioning coach for FIU's 17 varsity sports. He originally was with the Golden Panthers from 1991-94 and then from 1997-2007. In between his years at FIU, DeNeen was the top assistant strength coach at California, with direct responsibility for the football, men's basketball and softball programs. While working with the Golden Bears football team, DeNeen was the strength coach for numerous NFL draft picks, including five first-round selections and three second-round picks.
"I am thrilled to have someone with the experience that Lou brings. His energy, enthusiasm and vast knowledge will no doubt make an immediate impact on our players and our program." - Anthony Grant
As head strength coach for Cal's nationally-ranked men's basketball team, DeNeen worked with seven players who went on to play in the NBA, including 1996 PAC-10 Player of the Year and league scoring champion Shareef Abdur-Rahim and 1997 PAC-10 Player of the Year/scoring champ Ed Gray.
In addition to his collegiate experience, DeNeen has worked with and trained many professional athletes. His clientele includes: Major League Baseball players Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, Mike Lowell, Jose Cruz, Jr., and Alex Gonzalez; NBA players Abdur-Rahim, Mark Strickland, Raja Bell, Jamal Mashburn, Carlos Arroyo, P.J. Brown and Joe Smith; and the NFL's Tony Gonzalez, among many others. DeNeen received his bachelor's of science degree in microbiology from the University of South Florida in 1991 and earned a master's in health education from FIU in 1994. He has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S.) for 21 years.
DeNeen is married to the former Tina Collins and the couple resides in Birmingham.