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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #282: Jeff Hurd "Win Each Part Of Your Day"


Jeff Hurd was born in Pomona, Calif., and raised in Parker, Ariz. where he graduated from Parker High School in 1976. Jeff was Student Council President in addition to his participation in sports and extra curricular activities during his four years at PHS.

Following high school, Jeff went on to become a two-year baseball letterman at Imperial Valley Junior College in El Centro, Calif., before transferring to Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kan., where he earned two more letters and graduated with a degree in physical education in 1981.

Jeff then returned to Parker High School as a volunteer assistant baseball coach for one season, while substitute teaching in the school district.

He returned to Fort Hays State University as a graduate assistant for the Tigers and in 1984, received his Master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology.

Jeff served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Delta State University (’85-’86), Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Clemson University (’86-’87) and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Western Michigan ( ’87-‘’92).

During the 1992 and 1993 football seasons, Jeff was an intern Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned to the university setting for the 1994 football season at Tulsa University.

Jeff returned to the National Football League with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 1995-1997.

The Kansas City Chiefs made him their Head Strength and Conditioning Coach in 1998 through 2006.

Jeff came out to the West Coast in 2007 to become, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Diego Chargers.

Jeff Hurd has more than 25 years of experience in the field of strength and conditioning, most of which has been in the National Football League (NFL) from 1992 until 2016, finishing his career with the Minnesota Vikings as their assistant strength and conditioning coach. Over his twenty-three years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative record of 203-165-0.

Jeff and his wife, Kathy, have three children: Eric, Austin and Audra.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • How he got started in the profession.

  • What Strength and Conditioning Coaches are not thinking about for life after S&C.

  • What he likes and dislikes about the profession.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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