Chris Dawson to Lead Strength Program

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Chris Dawson, a veteran of more than 15 years in the field of strength training, has been named Kansas State's Director of Strength and Conditioning.

Dawson will manage the department's total strength program, overseeing five full-time assistant coaches, while providing daily leadership for the Wildcats' football strength and conditioning program. The Houston, Texas, native has spent the past seven seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kansas. Under Dawson's tutelage, 29 players have been drafted by NFL teams including six that were taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.

"I am pleased to have Chris join our program," head football coach Bill Snyder said. "He comes to us highly recommended by not only coaches he has worked with, but most importantly by student-athletes he has worked with and ones that highly respect him."

At Kansas, Dawson was a part of four bowl teams from 2003-2008, including a 2008 BCS appearance in the Orange Bowl. Following the successful 2007 campaign, Dawson was awarded the National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.

Dawson worked the 2001 and 2002 football seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Minnesota after serving a five-year stint at Oklahoma, his alma mater. While with the Sooners, Dawson worked with the football and men's basketball teams.

Before taking the position at Minnesota, he spent three months with the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL and two months with the Dallas Cowboys as a strength and conditioning intern.

Dawson credits his success in the strength field to his mentors at Oklahoma. He learned under Joe Juraszek, who was the strength coach at OU during his playing days and is the current head strength coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He also received valuable guidance from Blair Prince, Pete Martinelli, and Jerry Schmidt, the current strength coach at Oklahoma.

Dawson played linebacker for the Sooners from 1992-94 and participated in a pair of postseason contests -- the 1993 John Hancock Bowl and the 1994 Copper Bowl. He received his bachelor's degree in business management in 1995 and his master's degree in business administration in 1999, both from Oklahoma.