AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn officially hired Ryan Russell Sunday as director of strength and conditioning for the football team, replacing his former boss Kevin Yoxall.
Russell was an assistant under Yoxall from 2010-11, making him the third announced hire who was part of the Tigers’ 2010 national championship team to return to Auburn after head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
“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.
“It’s a wonderful university and a great professional opportunity for me to be returning here. I am very appreciative to Coach Malzahn and to (athletic director) Jay Jacobs for giving me this opportunity, and I’m eager to get started.”
Russell previously held jobs at Boise State, Pitt and Louisville. He played wide receiver for one year of Arena Football League in 2003, and earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Auburn in December 2006.