Interview with Coach Kurt Hester

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Coach Kurt Hester BIO

National Director of Training at D1 Sports Training

Kurt Hester, known nationally for his energetic approach to training top-tier athletes, serves as D1’s Director of Training.

Kurt is D1’s primary authority on sports training and is responsible for instilling the D1 training philosophy and making sure all D1 coaches properly implement and teach training programs and techniques. In addition, Kurt oversees D1’s NFL Combine Training Program.

Prior to D1, Kurt ran and owned HS2 Athletic Performance in New Orleans for nine years, where he turned out more than 400 collegiate scholarship athletes and trained more than 50 NFL draft picks. He also trained numerous MLB draft picks, high school All-Americans, state championship teams and collegiate National Track & Field finalists. Prior to HS2, Kurt was a strength & speed coach at LSU, Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana University. In addition, Kurt is still an active strength and speed consultant at Florida State, Tennessee, Illinois, Ole Miss, Alabama, Nichols State, Grambling State and the Unviersity of Miami.

Kurt, a graduate of Tulane Unviersity, was inducted into the Strength Coach Hall of Fame and holds various certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, United States Weightlifting and the Speed, Agility and Conditioning Association. Kurt learned under USA Weightlifting coach, Gayle Hatch and speed coach, Tom Shaw.

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  • I will definitly check him out. Thanks for the heads up!

  • His program is built around pure strength and applying force into the ground. It is a powerlifting program set up mainly for sprinters. I've used it all the way up until i bought 3X pitching. When I started I was ranked as the 44th athelete in my class, out of 200, in 7th grade. After six weeks I had moved up to number 10. When you and Kurt were talking about possibly extending the base weeks I thought that Barry's program could be a great model. A lot of his research is tested at SMU in a sports training facility. He trained Allyson Felix, US Olympic medalist, when she broke multiple state and national sprint records. He has a great lower body and core program. Just thought that you might want to check it out.

  • Brent, have you ever heard of Barry ross?


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