To find out more about Vic Valoria, FSU's new Strength & Conditioning Coach, we did a little due diligence. And a great place to start is with the folks who know SMU as well as anybody -- the guys who run the team's premiere fan site, ponyfans.com. Here's what they told us about the man who was an intense competitor for the Mustangs (he's no. 55 in the video above) and later brought that intensity to their S&C program.
"What a STELLAR guy Vic is. As I recall, Vic came to SMU as another one of those "ho hum" recruits that was a little too short and a little too slow. But the guy played with more attitude than.... well, anyone. He went on to be probably the best SMU linebacker post Death Penalty besides Chris Bordano (who played for the Saints). Vic was a 4-year letterman and was a multi-year all-conference selection. I know after SMU he left to play in NFL Europe. Then next I heard, he was setting the world on fire as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU. While there, he was credited for basically single-handedly turning JaMarcus Russell from a big tub of goo into one of the most dominant college players of his day.
"We had a great strength and conditioning coach at SMU prior to Vic -- Chuck Faucette, so I was surprised that someone as young as Vic got the job to replace Faucette. Candidly, I was a little concerned. But between his knowledge and the attitude he brought – which infectiously began to rub off on his players – Vic was a huge improvement.
"You guys got a steal in Vic. I can't stress how good of a hire you just made."