While other NFL teams continue their searches for head coaches, the Indianapolis Colts are also conducting a coaching search as they look to fill a number of position coach jobs after firing several former coaches. One such job that they need to fill is their strength and conditioning coach position, and it sounds like they may have done so.
According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Colts are hiring the Dolphins' Darren Krein as their new strength and conditioning coach. He replaces Roger Marandino, who was fired shortly after the season ended. Currently, Richard Howell is the Colts' assistant strength and conditioning coach (a role he has held for the last 16 seasons) and will now report to Krein, who takes over as the head strength and conditioning coach.
Krein spent the past five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, joining them in 2011 and being kept on staff when Joe Philbin came on as head coach in 2012. In 2013, he was named the NFL's Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by his peers, which is the highest honor that a person at the position can attain. With the coaching changes taking place in Miami, however, Krein will instead head to Indianapolis, leaving Miami. Before his time with the Dolphins, Krein was a strength and conditioning coach for the Seattle Seahawks for eleven seasons during two different stints with the team (1997-1998, 2001-2009). While in Seattle, Krein worked with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who overcame some injuries to then start all 16 games and make the Pro Bowl in three different seasons. Krein played collegiately at the University of Miami as a defensive end for four seasons (1989-19993), overlapping time with current Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for a couple of years. Krein was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Chargers, but knee injuries derailed his career before it could even take off.