Earlier this week it was reported that Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, one of Nick Saban’s longest-tenured assistants, would be joining SEC rival Georgia. The surprise departure has left the Crimson Tide scrambling to find a replacement. But they’ve been working diligently, and they’re already interviewing candidates for the position.
According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, the Crimson Tide are interviewing Kansas State strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson in Tuscaloosa today. Dawson has nearly two decades of experience as the head strength and conditioning coach in Power Five schools.
He has served in the role at Kansas State since 2010. Prior to that, he worked at Kansas from 2003 to 2009. His first head strength & conditioning coach job was at Minnesota from 2001 to 2002.
Dawson played linebacker at Oklahoma in the early-1990s, and spent his next five years with the team after graduating in 1995.
Sounds like Alabama has started the in-person interview phase of finding its replacement for Scott Cochran.
Hearing Kansas State’s Chris Dawson is in Tuscaloosa today interviewing for the Alabama strength and conditioning job.https://t.co/tSlbxMxXWd
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 27, 2020
Oregon’s Aaron Feld, one of the more notable strength coaches in the country, has also been connected to the Alabama job.
If Dawson does get the job it would be quite a blow to Kansas State. Earlier today is was reported that the Wildcats are set to lose prized defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton to Michigan State.
Considering the strong season Kansas State just had, Chris Klieman’s team would certainly like to maintain as much stability as possible. But when Nick Saban comes calling (and offers a briefcase full of money), it’s an opportunity that’s hard to pass up.
Would Chris Dawson be a good candidate to take over as Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach?