“We’re excited to welcome Ryan back to Auburn as a part of our staff,” Malzahn said. “He is on the cutting edge in the strength and conditioning profession, and is a high-tempo, high-energy guy who fits well with our philosophy. He’s worked with very successful football programs and knows what it takes to get the most out of his athletes.”
Russell is following Malzahn from Arkansas State, where he served as director of athletic performance during the 2012 season.
“I’m extremely excited to be coming back to Auburn, a place that has been so special to me and to my wife,” said Russell, who met his wife, Sarah, during a two-year graduate assistant apprenticeship at Auburn from 2005-06.