Damon Harrington
Damon Harrington

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Football Head Strength and Conditioning Coach


1st Season at Cal


Damon Harrington Named Football Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Former Louisiana Tech head strength and conditioning coach to join the Golden Bears.

Damon Harrington is in his first season at Cal as the football head strength and conditioning coach in 2013. Harrington will work directly with the Cal football program on a day-to-basis and oversee three assistant strength and conditioning coaches in his role. He will report to the department's director of strength and conditioning Mike Blasquez.

"I'm excited to welcome Damon to our staff and very comfortable with his ability to make our players stronger, faster and tougher to make us a better team," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "Damon brings a tremendous amount of experience in training players in a fast-paced program like we have here at Cal, and he will continue to instill the discipline and toughness in our players that are the cornerstones of a successful football program."

Harrington had two stints as the head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater Louisiana Tech, serving in the role since January of 2006 and also from 2002-03 after spending two previous seasons as an assistant in the program (2000-01). He was also the assistant director of player development at Georgia Tech from 2004-05.

"I'm extremely excited to be part of a program the caliber of Cal and look forward to the challenge of competing in the Pac-12," Harrington said. "I am truly humbled and blessed with this opportunity and am committed to helping these players perform at the highest level."

Harrington was instrumental in improving Louisiana Tech's strength and conditioning program, with Bulldog football players breaking 26 strength records (by position) during his final seven years with the school. During the same period, Louisiana Tech had seven fourth-quarter come-from-behind wins.

During his time at Louisiana Tech, Harrington and his staff implemented the Dawg Fight Program, which incorporated ATTITUDE, TEAM, DISCIPLINE, TOUGHNESS and EFFORT. The program was designed to prepare the team's players to be as physically and mentally tough as possible in order to play hard for four quarters and make the plays at the end of games that ultimately lead to victory.

Harrington began his collegiate playing career at Louisiana Tech as a walk-on in 1995 before earning a scholarship his sophomore season. He started every game at linebacker during his final two campaigns with 121 stops in 1998 and 122 in 1999. Harrington earned All-Louisiana honors both seasons, while also being named to the All-Independent team by Football News as a senior in 1999.

Harrington earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech in fitness and wellness in 2000 and completed his master's degree from the school in sports science in 2002. Harrington holds certifications in strength and conditioning from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa).

LAST UPDATED: May 15, 2013

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