Alabama Football adds Rick Danison as strength and conditioning assistant


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama Football added Rick Danison as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Along with being added to Crimson Tide’s online roster, Danison confirmed he’s been hanging out with the team over the past week via social media.

Danison is nothing new to Alabama athletic performance director David Ballou. While he spent the last two years at Michigan State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, Danison spent 11 years at Indiana, including five years as director of the athletic performance program. While there, Danison worked with Ballou and Dr. Matt Rhea, who were in charge of the school’s soccer strength program.

Danison also has NFL experience, having worked as a strength and conditioning assistant for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008 to 2009.

While Danison will reunite with Ballou, he won’t do the same with Rhea, who left the Crimson Tide program earlier this month to work with the New Orleans Saints. With Rhea’s departure, former Alabama strength and conditioning assistant coach Matt Clapp also joined the NFL, giving Danison the opportunity to take on his new position.

Alabama’s full strength and conditioning team consists of Ballou, Danison, and fellow assistant strength and conditioning coaches Paul Constantine and UJ Johnson.

In addition to adding Danison to the team’s online directory, Alabama Football also listed official positions for Drew Svoboda and Sal Sunseri. Both men are now labeled as senior assistants to head coach Nick Saban. Saban previously announced Sunseri’s new position, but Svoboda’s new role was previously unknown.

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