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Ken Sheppard
Position: Director of Strength and Conditioning
Alma Mater: North Carolina Central
Graduating Year: 1985
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (515) 294-2815
Ken Sheppard
Courtesy: A.P.
Release: 01/04/2007

Ken Sheppard, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Texas for  nine seasons, was named head strength and conditioning coach for Gene Chizik’s football program in January 2007. His impact was immediate as Iowa State’s football players were bigger, faster and stronger last season. The list of current NFL players who have grown faster, stronger and more explosive under Sheppard’s guidance is a long one.  Among his pupils as collegians were Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, Chicago Bears defensive back Nathan Vasher, Tennessee Titan tight end Alge Crumpler and Detroit Lions wide receiver Roy Williams.


While at Texas, he supervised Longhorn daily strength facility activities and implemented training programs for individual student-athletes. He also supervised nutrition plans for Texas athletes. With the Longhorn football program, Sheppard directed the Mack Brown/Jeff Madden Texas Speed and Explosive Power Camp, one of the largest camps of its kind in the United States. The 1985 graduate of North Carolina Central (criminal justice) was the camp’s primary administrator and developed curriculum for beginning strength coaches.


Sheppard also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at North Carolina for five seasons. At UNC, he designed and implemented strength and conditioning plans in an athletics program that boasted 29 sports.  He worked with former Iowa State assistant coach and current Texas head coach Mack Brown at North Carolina and Texas.  The Longhorns were in a bowl game in every year of Sheppard’s service and earned the collegiate football national championship in 2005.


He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the National Football Coaches Association, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and the National Association of Speed and Explosion.
















Current NFL Players Coached by Ken Sheppard
Name Position NFL Team College Team
Ethan Albright C Washington Redskins North Carolina
Cedric Benson               RB Chicago Bears        Texas
Dre Bly                         DB Denver Broncos North Carolina
Alge Crumpler TE Atlanta Falcons North Carolina
Leonard Davis                OT Dallas Cowboys Texas
Russell Davis                 DT Seattle Seahawks North Carolina
Derrick Dockery             G Buffalo Bills Texas
Ebenezer Ekuban          DE Denver Broncos North Carolina
Greg Ellis                      LB Dallas Cowboys North Carolina
Cedric Griffin                  CB Minnesota Vikings Texas
Ahmard Hall                  FB Tennessee Titans Texas
Casey Hampton NG Pittsburgh Steelers Texas
William Henderson         FB Green Bay Packers North Carolina
Vonnie Holiday              DE Miami Dolphins North Carolina
Quentin Jammer            CB San Diego Chargers Texas
Derrick Johnson             LB Kansas City Chiefs Texas
D.D. Lewis                    LB Denver Broncos Texas
Cullen Loeffler                C Minnesota Vikings Texas
Cory Redding                 DT Detroit Lions Texas
Shaun Rogers               DT Detroit Lions Texas
Jeff Saturday C Indianapolis Colts North Carolina
Bo Scaife                      TE Tennessee Titans Texas
Jonathan Scott              OT Detroit Lions Texas
Brian Simmons              LB New Orleans Saints North Carolina
Chris Simms                 QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers Texas
David Thomas                TE New England Patriots     Texas
Marcus Tubbs                DT  Seattle Seahawks Texas
Nathan Vasher               CB Chicago Bears Texas
Marcus Wilkins              LB Atlanta Falcons Texas
Roy Williams                 WR Detroit Lions Texas
Vince Young                QB Tennessee Titans Texas

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