Texas A&M Football Hires SEC Legend as Strength and Conditioning Coach
Mike Elko continues to impress as he builds his first Texas A&M football staff. A day after it was reported that he would be adding longtime SEC coach and ace recruiter Trooper Taylor to his staff, it has now been confirmed that Elko will also add a conference legend in Tommy Moffitt to his off-field personnel.
Moffitt is best-known as the longtime strength and conditioning coach for the LSU Tigers. He was in Baton Rouge for many years, spanning the tenures of Nick Saban, Les Miles, and Ed Orgeron, and was a key piece in each coach winning a national championship down on the bayou.
However, when Brian Kelly rolled into town, he decided to remake the staff in his own image, dismissing Moffitt. This was a decision that irked Tiger fans, as Moffitt was—and still is—one of the most respected coaches in the entire business.
Their loss, however, is the Aggies' gain. After David Feeley decided to remain at Duke (contrary to earlier reporting, including on this website, Billy Liucci has indicated that Elko arrived in College Station aware that Feeley would not be joining him), Elko zeroed in on Moffitt.
According to the above-cited article, Moffitt has been working in the private sector since his dismissal from LSU. You have to imagine that this was a tough pill for him to swallow, as he had weathered three separate regimes and built a name for himself as one of the top coaches in the industry at his spot. From all indications, though, the new Texas A&M football head man found Moffitt at the right time—ready to get back in the game.
From here, Elko still has to fill about three on-field positions as he continues to build his staff. Aside from DC, I'll be watching most closely who he and Collin Klein tab as receivers coach, as well as how the recruiting staff continues to fill out.