Earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings bid farewell to strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar, who left to take a job with the United States Tennis Association. We speculated that the job wouldn’t stay open long, and as of today there’s a new boss in the Vikings’ weight room.
The team has announced that they have hired Mark Uyeyama to be the team’s new strength and conditioning coach.
Uyeyama was previously employed by the San Francisco 49ers, where he was the head strength and conditioning coach from 2011 to 2014 before being promoted. . .presumably. . .to being the team’s “Director of Human Performance” for the past two seasons.
Uyeyama. . .whose name is pronounced ooh-ee-YAH-muh, according to the Vikings’ website. . .will manage the strength and conditioning programs for all of Minnesota’s players, as well as work in conjunction with the medical staff on programs for players rehabbing from injuries.
Welcome to Minnesota, Coach Uyeyama!