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Scott Bird was hired in August 2005 as the head strength coach for the baseball program at Kansas State and works primarily with the team at the John Allen Strength Facility at Tointon Stadium. Bird, who has over 20 years of proven success in the field of Strength and Conditioning, has worked with a variety of men's and women's sports at some of the country's highest ranked universities. Bird has coached 36 All-Americans, six conference players of the year - including Stacey Dales of Oklahoma Women's Basketball, and K-State A.J. Morris in 2009 and Nick Martini in 2010 - and has had 50 players go on to play professional baseball, including Greg Dobbs of the Florida Marlins.
In 2010, Bird received his profession's highest honor by being named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).
Prior to his time in Manhattan, Bird spent the previous four seasons as an Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Missouri. Bird's responsibilities at Missouri included assisting with the player development program for football as well as being responsible for the development of Tiger baseball and Lady Tiger gymnastics. Bird was also the Director of the Mizzou Performance Club.
Prior to Missouri, Bird spent four years at the University of Oklahoma, working with the Sooner football program, including the 2000 Big 12 and National Championship team. Bird also directed the program for the nationally-ranked women's basketball team that won two Big 12 Championships and made two Sweet Sixteen appearances. In addition to football and women's basketball, Bird worked with the OU baseball squad.
Bird attended Oklahoma and was a member of the school's 1985 national championship football team under coach Barry Switzer. He returned to Oklahoma four years later as a graduate assistant (1989-92) before serving a one-year stint at Texas Tech (1992-93).
The McLoud, Okla. native, then spent three years (1994-97) on the strength staff for The Ohio State University strength staff where he was in charge of 10 sports, including the Buckeyes' women's volleyball team that won the 1994 Big 10 Championship and advanced to the 1994 NCAA Final Four and the 1995 and 1996 regional finals. He also assisted with the OSU football program, which was co-Big 10 champions in 1996.
Following the 1985 season at Oklahoma, Bird transferred to Northeastern State University, where his football team won the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference in 1987. He earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education with a double minor in education and journalism from NSU in 1987. Bird is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Assoc. as well as the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.