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Kuhn hired as Coppin State strength and conditioning coach

BALTIMORE – Coppin State has named Brandon Kuhn as its strength and conditioning coach.coppin state logo

Kuhn begins his first year with the Coppin State athletics department after spending the last three years working at Western Kentucky University.

“One of the interesting things about sport today, the weight training and conditioning piece is just as critical,” Coppin State Director of Athletics Derrick K. Ramsey said. “He brings a lot of experience to our student-athletes. When I saw that he worked for Bobby Knight (at Texas Tech), I knew he was our guy. We're looking forward to having him as part of our staff and excited to have him working with our athletic teams.” In addition to specifically working with the Western Kentucky men's basketball strength and conditioning coach, he worked four previous years as the men's basketball strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Mr. Ramsey for entrusting me with the opportunity to revitalize the Strength and Conditioning Department as well as the chance to be a part of the Coppin State University family and community,” Kuhn said. “I am excited for the future of Coppin State Athletics." After serving in an assistant's role, Kuhn was the head men's basketball strength and conditioning coach for the Red Raiders from the end of the 2010-11 season until joining the staff at WKU in the fall of 2011.

In the offseason leading up to the 2012-13 season, Kuhn orchestrated a demanding strength and conditioning schedule for the Hilltoppers that involved, among other items, weekly workouts at the sand pits in Bowling Green. As a result, numerous Hilltoppers made notable gains in adding muscle and trimming body fat in the offseason.


Distance champion Pulliam joins Xavier coaching staff

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana announced Monday the hiring of Jasmine Pulliam as assistant coach for men's and women's cross country and track and field.xula shield

XU head coach Joseph Moses said Pulliam's primary duties will include coaching middle-distance and distance runners and coordinating day-to-day recruiting.

"I'm very excited to have Jasmine on staff. She is a great addition," Moses said. "She is a smart young lady. She is very energetic and has great knowledge of cross country and track and field." Pulliam, 23, was a standout distance runner at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky. She was a six-time individual champion in the NAIA's Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She was the KIAC cross country champion in 2011 and won KIAC outdoor track titles in 2011 (1,500-meter run), 2013 (1,500 and 5,000) and 2013 (3,000 steeplechase and 5,000).

Pulliam led Brescia to KIAC women's cross country team championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She received her bachelor's degree from Brescia in 2014.

"Jasmine Pulliam is an outstanding young woman who will be an excellent addition to the staff at Xavier," said Brian Skortz, Brescia's director of athletics.

Pulliam is enrolled in XU's graduate school. She is a native of Louisville, Ky., and a 2010 graduate of Louisville's Butler Traditional High School.

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