K-State Sports announced Ben O'Donnell as the new assistant strength and conditioning coach today. Hailing from Largo, Florida, Ben O'Donnell is no stranger to the wide world of athletics.
Not only does O'Donnell have a Master's degree in physical education, he is also is accredited for USA Weightlifting, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. With a great education, O'Donnell also boasts experience the past five years as he coordinated the strength and conditioning program for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women soccer, women’s tennis and men’s golf.
"We feel Ben will bring a high level of energy to the weight room every day," said head coach Bruce Weber. "Summer is a really important time in the development of our players, so it was critical to get someone who fit well with our team. He has a history with (director of operations) Drew (Speraw) at UCF, and once the entire staff was able to interact with him, we came away impressed with his energy and enthusiasm. We also think that his background as a basketball player will be huge positive in developing our players to their greatest potential."
O'Donnell is replacing the former assistant strength and conditioning coach, Jimmy Price, after he resigned to pursue other opportunities closer to his family in Texas.