Along with the news that the Broncos had hired Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator last Friday, the team announced that Luke Richesson was joining the club as its strength and conditioning coach.
It’s a move that Del Rio said shouldn’t go unnoticed.
“I think he’s a really good coach,” Del Rio said in a conference call Monday. “He’s all about helping the team win.”
Richesson served in the same capacity with the Jaguars for the past three seasons, after Del Rio hired him in January, 2009.
Prior to that, Richesson designed and implemented programs at Athletes’ Performance, which provides training, nutrition and physical therapy to help elite collegiate football prospects prepare for the NFL Combine.
“I was looking to bring in a guy that was a little bit outside the box of traditional strength training,” Del Rio explained. “Luke, in the time that he had under his belt at (Athletes’ Performance), was very productive with getting guys ready for the combine, getting them ready to have special years.”
Del Rio found that in Jacksonville, many of his players wanted to go to Arizona to an Athletes’ Performance facility for their offseason training. So he asked them what was so special about the program before going to meet with Richesson to find out for himself.
“I interviewed him and he was terrific,” Del Rio said. “He’s more into functional strength, a lot of core strength, a lot of cutting-edge technology in regards to training the human body and recovery and all those things.”
From 2001 to 2008, Richesson not only worked with NFL veterans, he helped train 52 first-round draft picks — including four No. 1 overall selections — and more than 250 total draftees.
The coach, who enters his fourth season in the NFL, earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science while playing football at the University of Kansas.
“He’s a tireless worker,” Del Rio said of Richesson. “I think he’ll be an asset to the organization.”