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Cedric Smith
Strength and Conditioning Coach
College:
Florida
Hometown:
Enterprise, Ala.
Experience:
13

Cedric Smith is in his fourth season as the Texans head strength and conditioning coach and his 13th season overall as an NFL coach. The former NFL fullback has implemented a vigorous off-season program that not only puts an emphasis on strength training and cardiovascular endurance, but also focuses on enhancing speed and flexibility. Smith also supervises the club’s personalized in-season training regimen.

Smith’s strength and conditioning program has helped produce the first two playoff appearances in franchise history in 2011 and 2012. Following the 2012 season, Smith was named the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coaches.

Cedric Smith is in his fourth season as the Texans head strength and conditioning coach and his 13th season overall as an NFL coach. The former NFL fullback has implemented a vigorous off-season program that not only puts an emphasis on strength training and cardiovascular endurance, but also focuses on enhancing speed and flexibility. Smith also supervises the club’s personalized in-season training regimen.

Smith’s strength and conditioning program has helped produce the first two playoff appearances in franchise history in 2011 and 2012. Following the 2012 season, Smith was named the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NFL Strength and Conditioning Coaches.

Smith was hired as the Texans head strength and conditioning coach following a three-year stint as Kansas City’s strength and conditioning coach. He also spent six years as an assistant strength coach with the Denver Broncos (2001-06).

Prior to joining the Broncos, Smith was a fitness manager and consultant with Gold’s Gym in Phoenix for two years (1999-00) after concluding a successful seven-year NFL playing career. During his professional playing tenure, Smith enjoyed stints with Arizona (1996-98), Washington (1994-95), New Orleans (1991) and Minnesota (1990). He finished his NFL career with 40 carries for 100 yards (2.5 avg.) with two touchdowns and 20 receptions for 141 yards (7.1 avg.) with two scores. He also had five kickoff returns for 83 yards (16.6 avg.). He originally entered the NFL as the second of Minnesota’s two fifth-round selections (131st overall) in the 1990 NFL Draft. Smith appeared in 15 games for the Vikings as a rookie, opening holes for running back Herschel Walker.

Smith enjoyed his finest NFL campaign in 1994 with Washington. He played in 14 games (eight starts), rushing 10 times for 48 yards (4.8 avg.) and catching 15 passes for 118 yards (7.9 avg.).

Prior to entering the NFL, Smith was a three-year starter at fullback at the University of Florida, where he paved the way for running back Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Cedric Smith finished his collegiate career with 20 starts, carrying the ball 102 times for 300 yards (2.9 avg.) with four touchdowns and catching 11 passes for 77 yards (7.0 avg.). He was a three-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference selection.

Before enrolling at Florida, Smith was named All-Alabama as a fullback at Enterprise High School in Enterprise, Ala. Smith graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Health Sciences in 1990. He is married to his wife, Teresa, and has five children: Chandler, Canyon, Cole, Cameron and Cerraya.

SMITH’S COACHING LEDGER
2010-13:  Head strength and conditioning coach, Houston Texans
2007-09: Head strength and conditioning coach, Kansas City Chiefs
2001-06: Assistant strength and conditioning, Denver Broncos

 

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