Here’s why Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle makes big money
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Why does Doyle make so much money compared to most other S&T coaches? There's your answer. https://t.co/qH2YM0PIOm
— Gerald Bostock (@packer_hawk) January 10, 2018
ANSWER: Iowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle makes more than $600,000 annually, which is more than any other strength and conditioning coach in college football. But when you see how he enhances Iowa’s athletes, the answer is pretty obvious why he makes what he does.
Since Doyle took over football strength training in 1999, Iowa has produced 14 first- or second-round draft picks. Eight of those draft picks changed positions after arriving on campus. Eric Steinbach, Bruce Nelson and Robert Gallery all went from tight end to offensive line. Matt Roth switched from linebacker to defensive end; Jonathan Babineaux moved from fullback to defensive tackle; Dallas Clark shifted from linebacker to tight end; Chad Greenway bulked up to linebacker from safety; and Riley Reiff changed from defensive end to offensive tackle. All of those players had to alter their bodies physically to make successful moves. That’s all on Doyle.
But the list is much wider than just early-round draft picks. Mike Daniels arrived at Iowa as a 230-pound tweener who might play fullback, linebacker, defensive end or defensive tackle. Daniels found his way to defensive tackle, and he now is perhaps the Green Bay Packers’ most valuable defender and will head to the Pro Bowl next week. Micah Hyde was a 168-pound high school quarterback who switched to defense, gained weight and speed and earned a Pro Bowl nod as a safety with the Buffalo Bills. Both players were 2-star recruits.
There’s tight end George Kittle, who arrived at Iowa as a 200-pound wide receiver and became a 250-pound tight end who caught 43 passes for 515 yards and 2 touchdowns as a rookie this season with the San Francisco 49ers. There’s offensive lineman Cole Croston, who gained 80 pounds as a walk-on at Iowa and landed on the New England Patriots roster. Anthony Hitchens and Chris Kirksey were 195-pound positionless players coming into the 2010 season and both are now indispensable linebackers with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns, respectively.
Departing seniors this season include All-America middle linebacker Josey Jewell, who came to Iowa as a possible fullback or safety and gained 30-plus pounds and increased his speed to become one of the best ever at his position. Offensive linemen Boone Myers and Ike Boettger were high school tight ends who gained a combined 150 pounds and became three-year starters before injuries robbed them of their senior seasons. All three are potential NFL draft picks.
Without reloading annually with 4- and 5-star recruits, Iowa clearly is a developmental football program that strives to maximize players’ abilities late in their college careers. The only way to achieve those results is for players to mold their bodies through a long-term process. Nobody does it better than Doyle, who puts athletes in position to succeed with an aggressive weight-and-conditioning program. Without Doyle, Iowa might not have achieved half the team or individual successes it has in the last 20 years.
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