Summer months are the time for strength coaches to shine

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When former Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen was close to being hired as head coach at Mississippi State last winter, one of the first things he did was make a phone call to Matt Balis at Virginia.
The position? The Bulldogs’ new strength and conditioning coordinator.
“He’s the money guy,” Mullen said. “I actually, before I went on the interview, called Matt and I said, ‘I’m going to interview for this job. I need you to come with me if I get it and he said, ‘I’ll be there.’
“He was hired before I was. I think he’s the best there is in the country. My record with him, we are 22-2 at Utah, we won our first national championship at Florida with him, I think he’s the best there is.”

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6/29/09