Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of David Ballou as the Crimson Tide’s Director of Sports Performance and Dr. Matt Rhea as the Director of Performance Science on Tuesday.

Ballou and Dr. Rhea join the Alabama program after two years at Indiana where Ballou was the Director of Athletic Performance and Rhea was the football team’s High-Performance Coordinator.

“Just as with any other area, we feel that it is imperative that we adopt and integrate advancements in the field of strength and conditioning that will provide elite training, while better protecting our players from injuries and helping them develop and perform at a higher level,” Saban said.

Ballou played fullback for Indiana, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. 11 Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors during Ballou’s two seasons and he has trained 31 NFL Draft picks in his career.

Dr. Rhea played college football for three years at UNLV and Southern Utah before entering the strength and conditioning field. In 2001, he launched a consulting company that provided direction in areas of athlete development, speed training, injury prevention and performance optimization to clients in professional sports, International Olympic programs, and top collegiate athletic departments.

“The addition of Coach Ballou and Dr. Rhea to our program will allow us to take full advantage of our sports science center,” Alabama’s Associate AD and Director of Sports Medicine Jeff Allen said. “Their unique training methods will allow us to know exactly how to manage our team to ensure we are performing at our best each Saturday and make sure we can do all we can to prevent injuries.”

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