LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Chad Smith as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford announced Tuesday.
“The Kings are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chad as our new Strength and Conditioning Coach,” said Crawford. “After a thorough search, and many interviews of extremely qualified candidates, we felt very strongly that Chad was the ideal candidate for this position. The more we spoke with him and saw his approach, the more convinced we became that he is exactly what the Kings need in this very important area. Hockey is a very diverse sport and the different positions require a range of training approaches. Chad has shown a tremendous capacity to implement all of these techniques and we feel strongly, with Chad’s help, that strength and conditioning is an area in which the Kings will be elite in the National Hockey League.”
Smith brings to the Kings a strong and varied background as both a strength and conditioning coach and as a world-class athlete. He graduated from the University of Tennessee where he was a top track and field athlete. He was a decathlete for more than 10 years and was a force on the World and the US circuit. His dedication to the sport was recognized by being ranked No. 2 in the US and No. 16 in the world.
Smith – who also was a member of the US’s Men World Championship bobsled team and played college football at Ferris State -- has been exposed to a wide variety of training protocols through his experiences. Most recently, he was training many college and pro athletes, helping them to get both stronger and faster, with excellent results.