Former Chiefs strength coach takes new job with USTA

Jan 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders perform at midfield on the Chiefs logo during the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders perform at midfield on the Chiefs logo during the AFC Divisional playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Former Kansas City Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar takes new job with the USTA.

Brent Salazar spent the better part of a decade as the strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. From 2007 to 2015, Salazar was the team’s assistant coach helping assist the team’s primary coach, most recently Barry Rubin, help coordinate and personalize workouts for each player. Now Salazar, who has a background in tennis, will take a new job with the United States Tennis Association after several years in the NFL.

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Most recently, Salazar has been with the Minnesota Vikings, stepping out on his own after spending the last few years with Rubin, who joined the Chiefs with Andy Reid after years with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Salazar first entered the NFL through an internship with the Denver Broncos after also interning at the University of New Mexico and, later, UNLV. He also worked as assistant director of athletic performance at the University of the Pacific, which led to his work with the Chiefs.

Salazar’s own connection with tennis as a former All-Mountain West tennis player for the University of Mexico makes sense as to why he would take a job with the USTA. Most recently, in 2014, Salazar worked on the side with tennis pro Jack Sock, who is from Kansas City, as he worked through a hip injury.