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James  Townsend
James Townsend

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Marshall University head football coach Doc Holliday has announced the hiring of James Townsend as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Thundering Herd.

Townsend, who will work primarily with the Herd football program, spent the previous two years as the Assistant Football Strength and Conditioning coach at Mississippi State. He worked with the Bulldog football team, assisting in all aspects of day-to-day football conditioning.

He served as a nutrition liaison at MSU, monitoring the nutritional needs of the football team and also helped to operate an annual clinic run by the program.

Prior to his stint at Mississippi State, Townsend was the Assistant Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Virginia where worked from 2008-09. Before beginning his full time work at UVA, Townsend was an intern with the Cavaliers and at Mississippi State.

Aside from his work at the collegiate level, Townsend has held three high school head strength coach positions. He also spent two years working for Quest Athletics in Duluth, Ga. where he assisted in the training of collegiate and professional athletes.

Townsend brings significant powerlifting experience to Marshall. The 2002 and 2004 Junior National Powerlifting Champion was a powerlifter at Louisiana Tech, helping the Bulldogs to four consecutive Collegiate National Championships from 2000 through 2003. He has held five national powerlifting coach positions while assisting in coaching duties of the Louisiana Tech Powerlifting Team from 2003-04.

The Brandon, Miss. native received a pair of bachelor degrees from Louisiana Tech, earning a B.A. in Educational Services in 2004 before receiving a B.S. in Health and Physical Education in 2006.