Badgers football: Strength coach Ben Herbert joins Bielema's staff at Arkansas

2012-12-18T17:45:00Z 2013-01-21T17:50:59Z Badgers football: Strength coach Ben Herbert joins Bielema's staff at ArkansasADAM MERTZ | Wisconsin State Journal | adam.mertz@madison.com | 608-252-6474 madison.com

First, it was assistant coaches — now Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has poached strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert from the University of Wisconsin.

Herbert, whose innovative techniques and relentless approach played a key role in producing three straight Big Ten Conference champions, played defensive line for two Rose Bowl championship teams while with the Badgers and has spent 11 years in UW's strength and conditioning program, including the last four in charge.

"Ben Herbert has transformed countless student-athletes and his system has become known by those on the next level for producing individuals with toughness and an incredible work ethic," Bielema said in a statement released Tuesday by Arkansas.

"He has a strong background in what we want out of our strength and conditioning program, and he has shown a great ability to produce results with energy and passion. He is focused on details and consistency and is always thinking outside the box to come up with new, improved ways to make our student-athletes better. He oversees a comprehensive plan that extends beyond the weight room, and our student-athletes will benefit from his instruction."

Herbert started his career as an intern during the 2002 season following his playing days at Wisconsin and was promoted to assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2003. He was involved in all aspects of sports conditioning for the football team during his time with the Badgers.

In his 15 total seasons at Wisconsin, he was part of 14 bowl appearances and five Big Ten championships.

In Herbert's four seasons in charge, the UW football team outscored opponents 435-309 in the fourth quarter. Also, the Badgers were 15-5 in games played in November or later, outscoring its foes 856-442 in those months.

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  1. Mayor Shovelshitz
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    Mayor Shovelshitz - December 19, 2012 12:31 pm
    Throw the money to Ross Kolodziej. Will be better in every phase of the career of S&C. than ba. Wisconsin native, Badger, NFL, loves Madison, great family man and wants the job, imho.

    Sign him up asap!
  2. bradychuck
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    bradychuck - December 19, 2012 10:44 am
    I just heard Bielema has hired away the Coach of the spirit squad for $275,000 a year plus free manicures and pedicures for the life of the contract.
  3. badgernorth
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    badgernorth - December 19, 2012 6:11 am
    Let Bielema take everyone with him. Not a problem at all. They better live with their suitcases packed because their stay in Fayetteville will last 3 seasons........... or less.
  4. ABDGRFN
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    ABDGRFN - December 18, 2012 7:29 pm
    I think that this hurts more than the loss of a lot of the coaches.
    I have heard nothing but great things about Ben, I have also read that a lot of recruits parents visit him and his fitness area and he has a great help in the recruiting process.
    I admit to being one of the people that defended BB on this board but not any more. After he said that he would not come after the coaching staff and now continues to do this I have lost all respect for him.
    Barry should have thrown a lot of money his way to keep him.

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