Rashad Harris is in his second season as the assistant strength & conditioning coach for CSU football in 2013.
At Colorado State, Harris was reunited with Head Coach Jim McElwain and Football Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Kent for the first time since the three were on the Louisville sideline at the 2000 Liberty Bowl against the Rams. A four-year starter (1997-2000) for the Cardinals, Harris was the program's defensive MVP as a senior.
He joins the Rams from powerhouse Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky., where he had served as an assistant football coach, strength coach and P.E. teacher since the 2006 season.
Before that, Harris was a football graduate assistant at Michigan State, where he worked with McElwain and CSU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin.
Harris made the transition into coaching after retiring as a professional player, following two seasons with the Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe) from 2002-03, and time on the rosters of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2002) and Cincinnati Bengals (2001).
A second-team All-Conference USA linebacker at Louisville, Harris also garnered third-team honors from Phil Steele and all-freshman recognition in 1997, his first of four years as a starter. Harris, who ranks 10th all-time on the program's career tackles list, led the Cardinals to three bowl games and a 2000 league championship. A scholar-athlete, he also earned his teammates' vote as a captain in each of his final two seasons.
Recruited to Louisville by Ron Cooper, now the assistant head coach at the University of South Florida, Harris starred at Athens (Ala.) High School near Huntsville, Ala., a school that also produced NFL QB Philip Rivers.
Harris graduated in 2001 from Louisville with a degree in physical education. He also owns a master's in sports administration from Michigan State ('05) and has nearly completed his requirements for a second master's, in special education, from Georgetown (Ky.) College.
Harris became certified through the collegiate strength and conditioning coaches association in 2012, and also holds a Functional Movement Screen level 1 certification.
Harris has a daughter, Soleil.
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