March 25, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina Director of Athletics Chip Smith today announced the hiring of Brad Ohrt as the new Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Ohrt, who is returning to WCU for a second time, spent the past year as the assistant strength coach with the National Football League's Miami Dolphins.
Ohrt has a wealth of experience at the collegiate level, serving on strength and conditioning staffs at six different stops prior to making the jump to the NFL. He served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning from August of 2005 until February of 2007 at Western Kentucky, overseeing a full-time staff of three while working directly with the Hilltopper football program. Previously, Ohrt had held a similar position at the Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette where he was responsible for developing and implementing programs for Ragin' Cajun football, men's basketball and baseball, while also assisting with soccer, softball, volleyball and men's and women's track programs.
Ohrt returns to Cullowhee for a second time, spending one year on staff at Western Carolina from 2001-02. He worked directly with both the Catamount and Lady Catamount basketball teams, as well as with the Catamount football and baseball teams while also assisting with seven other programs.
Prior to his first stint at Western, Ohrt spent three years as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at the University of Southern California where he worked primarily with the Trojan men's and women's basketball team. While in Los Angeles, he also assisted with the football program. He also spent the 1997-98 season as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Wingate in his first full-time role.
Ohrt is a 1994 graduate of Appalachian State, earning his degree in exercise science. While in Boone, he was a three-year letter-winner for the Mountaineer football team, garnering All-Southern Conference accolades as an offensive lineman in 1993 and '94. He also earned first-team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Don Hansen's Football Gazette, and was a third-team Associated Press All-American in his final season.
A native of New Ulm, Minnesota, he earned his Master of Education degree in sports administration from the University of Kansas in May of 1997, working as a graduate assistant with the Jayhawks' athletic programs. He is also a certified member of both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).