March 1, 2004
Columbia, Mo. -
University of Missouri Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Fish has accepted a position with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League, as announced Sunday by the Raiders.
Fish, who will be the Raiders' new head strength coach, has spent the previous three seasons as head strength and conditioning coach at Mizzou, where he oversaw a program that worked with more than 485 student-athletes from all 20 Tiger sports teams. Fish, 37, was assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1999-2000. Prior to joining the Chiefs, the Ithaca, New York native served as a strength and conditioning intern for Tampa Bay. The certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist was strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tulsa from 1995-97 after serving in the same capacity at Kent State from 1993-95. From 1991-93, he coached strength and conditioning at Clemson. Fish began his coaching career as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Western Michigan in 1989. He played football (wide receiver) and baseball (shortstop) at Western Carolina.
Fish and his staff have been credited by MU Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel with making significant contributions to the turn around of the Tiger Football program, which enjoyed an 8-5 season in 2003. "Jeff has done a remarkable job with our program over the past three years," said Pinkel. "We're certainly sorry to see him go, but at the same time, we're very pleased that he has such a great opportunity as this," he said.
A search will begin immediately to find Fish's successor. Bill Hughan, currently an assistant strength and conditioning coach at MU, will serve as interim director until a replacement is named.