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The booming voice you hear leading a pre-practice stretch or encouraging a Crimson Tide player to finish a workout session strong is that of Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning Scott Cochran. The high-energy coach, who is a two-time national strength coach of the year, joined the Alabama staff in 2007 after spending three seasons with the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA as an assistant strength coach. Cochran has been on Nick Saban’s staff for all five national titles, as he served as an assistant at LSU in 2003.
Cochran, in his 10th year at Alabama, is nationally regarded as one of the best in the area of strength and conditioning – and the performances of Alabama’s players on the field prove that to be true. He received one of the highest honors in his field when he was named the 2011 Samson Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year, as featured in American Football Quarterly. He earlier was named the Samson Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year following the 2008 season.
Prior to the start of spring drills, Cochran implements Coach Saban’s offseason workout plan, which includes the well-known “Fourth Quarter Program” – a very important step in helping Alabama players develop physically and prepare for the upcoming practices.
It is no coincidence that through improvements off the field in strength and conditioning, Alabama is known as one of the most physically dominant teams in the country. The main goal of the program is to win the fourth quarter and wear down the opponent as the game goes on. On the way to the 2009 national championship, Alabama did just that as they won the fourth quarter by an astounding scoring margin of 121-32. The Tide continued the trend of finishing in 2011, as it again dominated the fourth quarter en route to the program’s second national championship in three years with a 111-18 fourth-quarter scoring margin.
Cochran oversees Alabama’s 37,000-square-foot weight room that is one of the largest venues of its kind in the country. The $9-million facility features 21,000-square feet on the first level and 16,000-square feet on the second level. The ground level comprises a weight room, highlighted by 20 combination racks that feature platforms built into the ground for a level surface that provides a safer training environment. The weight room has a state-of-the-art performance nutrition center to fuel Alabama student-athletes, plus physicians’ offices and strength and conditioning offices.
While in the NBA with the Hornets from 2004-06, Cochran’s duties included assisting with the exercise and strength conditioning programs to help players achieve and maintain optimal fitness throughout the NBA season. With the Hornets, he worked with NBA standouts Chris Paul, Baron Davis, David West and Tyson Chandler.
Prior to joining the Hornets staff, Cochran worked for his alma mater Louisiana State as an assistant strength coach in 2003 (13-1, BCS national champions) and 2004 (9-3, Capital One Bowl). He was a graduate assistant in Baton Rouge from 2001-03. Cochran returned to LSU after starting his career in the strength and conditioning field at University Laboratory High School in Baton Rouge, La. He held that position from 1998-2001 before returning to LSU as a graduate assistant for all sports from 2001-03. Cochran then was hired on to the full-time staff for the 2003-04 season.
A native of New Orleans, Cochran received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from LSU in 2001 and added a master’s degree in sports management from LSU in 2003. Cochran was born on March 21, 1979, and is married to the former Cissy Schepens. They have three children, including one son Beau and two daughters, Savannah and Lucy.