USC Hires A Strength Coach

Clay Helton did what he normally does: Hire someone he knows.

I’m told by several sources Helton has hired former USC strength coach Aaron Ausmus to be the Trojans’ new strength coach. Ausmus is expected to start next week.

Ausmus was the head strength during the Lane Kiffin era so Helton already knew him since they were on the staff together.

For those of you who claimed Helton took his time because he was going to go outside and get the best coach possible, what do you say now?


9 thoughts on “USC Hires A Strength Coach

  1. I am all for looking outside the university perimeter for talent, but Scottie labels the guy as a loser simply because he previously worked at SC several years ago and thus knows Helton.

    Here is an interview with Ausmus from several years ago. Perhaps he is not the third rate hire that Scottie makes him out to be:

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    1. 67 —I agree. Familiarity needn’t breed contempt. Listen to any of Ausmus’ interviews —-he sounds sharp and motivated. We’re lucky to get him.


    1. You change your name right NOW!! How dare you suggest that southern cal fire unquestionably one of top 3 southern cal football coach of all time in Clay Helton!



  2. Aaron is a great guy, a phenomenal strength coach, and was strength coach at USC in 2003 when they won the championship. This is great. Stoked to have him back.


  3. Let’s take a closer look at this guy Aaron Ausmus resume. From the link article about him that was posted above…


    Aaron Ausmus, a one-time Trojan assistant who then headed up strength and conditioning programs at 4 universities, is in his fourth season as USC[apos]s head strength and conditioning coach. He returned to USC in February of 2010.

    (So let’s clarify that. Ausmus before returning to USC in 2010 was not the head strength & conditioning coach, he was an “assistant”. Ausmus was an assistant at USC for 3 seasons (2001-03), where he worked with the Trojans[apos] 2003 national championship football team)

    Ausmus, 38, was Tennessee[apos]s director of strength and conditioning in 2009, where he oversaw all of the Volunteers[apos] teams. He began his strength and conditioning coaching career at Tennessee, his alma mater, first as a graduate assistant for 2 seasons (1998-1999) and then as a part-time assistant the next season (2000). He then became an assistant at USC for 3 seasons (2001-03), where he worked with the Trojans[apos] 2003 national championship football team, as well as with the men[apos]s and women[apos]s track, women[apos]s soccer and men[apos]s golf teams. He then was the head strength and conditioning coach at Idaho in 2004, where he supervised the strength, speed and conditioning programs for 16 men[apos]s and women[apos]s teams.

    Ausmus got that job at Idaho because he was hired by Idaho head coach Nick Holt who was a defensive coach under Pete Caroll.

    He spent the next 3 years (2005-07) as the head football strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi,

    While at Mississippi their W/L records were (3-8) (4-8) (3-9)

    then held a similar position at North Texas in 2008. Ausmus was a member of Tennessee[apos]s track team (1994-98), where he was a 2-time All-American and won the 1997 NCAA indoor shot put title. He has a bachelor[apos]s (1998) and master[apos]s (1999) degree in education from Tennessee. He prepped at Campbell County High in Jacksboro, Tenn., where he competed on the track team. He was born Nov. 6, 1974. He has 2 sons, Max Aden, 7, and Bo David, 5.

    Aaron Ausmus was the head strength & conditioning coach at USC. during the Lane Kiffin era and we all remember how that worked out.


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