Todd Stroud
Todd Stroud

Assistant Coach

Years coaching:
26th season (2nd at CSU)


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Todd Stroud at a glance...

  • Hired by Steve Fairchild, joined the Colorado State coaching staff on Feb. 25, 2010.
  • Played and coached several years for legendary Bobby Bowden, the No. 2 all-time leader in college victories. A three-year starter (1983-85) at FSU, anchored the `Noles defensive line, serving as team captain in 1985.
  • A former head coach, has tutored the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft and built recruiting ties across the SEC and ACC footprints.
  • At N.C. State, saw five of his players selected in the draft (three first-rounders, including No. 1 overall choice Mario Williams), and helped the Wolfpack rank as the nation's No. 1 defense in 2004.
  • Trained and conditioned an Auburn team that went 11-0 and finished fourth in the final Associated Press poll in 1994.

Prominent Players Coached

  • Mario Williams, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft (Houston Texans).
  • Philip Rivers, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft (traded by New York Giants to San Diego Chargers).
  • Leroy Harris, the Tennessee Titans' fourth-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft.
  • Manny Lawson, San Francisco's first-round choice (22nd overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft.
  • John McCargo, Buffalo's first-round selection (26th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft.
  • Koren Robinson, the Seattle Seahawks' first-round pick (eighth overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft.
  • Patrick Robinson, New Orleans' first-round choice (32nd overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Postseason Experience

Season Appearance Opponent
1982 Gator Bowl West Virginia
(player at Florida State)
1983 Peach Bowl N.Carolina
(player at Florida State)
1984 Citrus Bowl Georgia
(player at Florida State)
1985 Gator Bowl Oklahoma St.
(player at Florida State)
1986 All-American Bowl Indiana
(assistant at Florida State)
1991 DI-AA first-round playoff N.Hampshire
(assistant coach at Samford)
1991 DI-AA second-round playoff J.Madison
(assistant coach at Samford)
1991 DI-AA semifinals Youngstown St.
(assistant coach at Samford)
1992 DI-AA first-round playoff Delaware
(assistant coach at Samford)
2000 Micronpc Bowl Minnesota
(assistant at NC State)
2001 Tangerine Bowl Pitt
(assistant at NC State)
2002 Gator Bowl Notre Dame
(assistant at NC State)
2003 Tangerine Bowl Kansas
(assistant at NC State)
2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl South Florida
(assistant coach at NC State)
2007 Music City Bowl Kentucky
(assistant coach at Florida State)
2008 Champs Sports Bowl Wisconsin
(assistant coach at Florida State)
2009 Gator Bowl West Virginia
(assistant coach at Florida State)

Coaching Background

Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached
1986 Central Florida Defensive Line
1986 Florida State Weight Room Assistant
1987-92 Samford Def. Line/Strength & Cond.
1993 Auburn Head Strength & Conditioning
1994-96 Western Alabama Head Coach
1997-99 Memphis Head Strength & Conditioning
1999-2004 N.C. State Director of Strength & Cond.
2004-06 N.C. State Associate HC/Defensive Line
2007-09 Florida State Head Strength & Conditioning
2010 Colorado State TEs & FBs/Recruiting Coord.
2011 Colorado State Defensive Line

Recruiting Areas:

  • South Florida
  • Colorado (Boulder-Fort Collins)
  • Georgia
Todd Stroud, a former head coach who has tutored the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft and built recruiting ties across the SEC and ACC footprints, joined the Colorado State coaching staff on Feb. 25, 2010. After coaching tight ends in 2010, he shifted to coach the defensive line prior to the 2011 season, his 26th year as a college coach.

Stroud, 47, came to CSU from Florida State, where he served three seasons (2007-09) as the athletic department's head strength and conditioning coach, working with college football's No. 2 all-time leader in wins, Bobby Bowden. During his recent stint at FSU, Stroud helped the Seminoles to three bowl appearances.

From 2004-06, Stroud served as associate head coach and defensive line coach at North Carolina State, where the Wolfpack led the nation in total defense after his first season, 2004. Five of his N.C. State players were selected in NFL drafts. Three of those linemen went in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft: Mario Williams, the No. 1 overall selection ahead of Reggie Bush, Manny Lawson and John McCargo. Additional N.C. State standouts Tank Tyler (2007, third round) and DeMario Pressley (2008, fifth round), a member of the New Orleans Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV, also were drafted.

And before he coached them on the field, Stroud had those three first-rounders and other N.C. State athletes, such as No. 4 overall choice Philip Rivers, in the weight room, as the Wolfpack's director of strength and conditioning from 1999-2004. All told, he has served 20 seasons in a role as a strength coach, including three years at Memphis (1997-99), one year at Auburn (1993), and six at Samford (1987-92), where he also coached the defensive line simultaneously. He first worked with athletes in a college weight room in 1986, as an assistant at Florida State.

From 1994-96, Stroud held the reins as head coach of the football program at Western Alabama, making him one of two current CSU assistants with previous head coaching experience (also Larry Lewis, Idaho State).

The year before, in 1993, he trained and conditioned an Auburn team that went 11-0 and finished fourth in the final Associated Press poll but didn't play in a bowl due to NCAA probation.

During his six years as a defensive line and strength coach at Samford, he helped the program to consecutive Division I-AA playoff appearances, including the national semifinals in 1991.

Stroud launched his career as the defensive line coach at Central Florida in the spring of 1986, before Bowden hired him to return to Tallahassee that summer.

From 1997-2007, Stroud worked either directly or indirectly with Pat Meyer, now CSU's offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

A three-year starter (1983-85) for Bowden, Stroud anchored the Florida State defensive line, serving as team captain in 1985. The noseguard was a two-time Nutrament Strength All-American and went to four bowls with the Seminoles. In 1984, he earned the Bob Crenshaw Award, given annually to the FSU player whose courage and fighting spirit was an inspiration to others.

Born Dec. 17, 1963, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Stroud and Marianne Sylvers married in 1988 and have four children: Jessica, Alexandra, Chelsea and Stone. He holds a master's in athletic administration (Alabama-Birmingham, '88) and a bachelor's in physical education (Florida State, '85).




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