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Texas hires new baseball strength and conditioning coach

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Matt Couch comes to Austin with a background in pitching.

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On Monday, the Texas Longhorns baseball program announced the hire of Matt Couch as its new strength and conditioning coach, an addition that comes at the expense of the San Diego Teroros, Couch’s former employer.

“We had some great candidates for this position, but the thing that I was most impressed with Matt is that he has worked in a program where he managed five teams of his own,” Pierce said. “He has shown great organizational skills and knowledge of working with all types of student-athletes.”

”More than anything, what separated Matt is his pitching background. He pitched at USD and was considered a very elite pitcher. Matt understands how strength and conditioning and speed and agility work not only enhance baseball players but also how it specifically improves pitcher’s performance and helps maintain their health. He has a great energy and passion for the game of baseball and for competing at the highest level.”

As a pitcher for San Diego, Couch was a three-time All-West Coast Conference pitcher who appeared in 65 total games. For the last eight years, he served as the program’s strength and conditioning coach, a stretch during with the Toreros won 30 or more games six times and had 41 players selected in the MLB Draft.