FAYETTEVILLE Ben Herbert, who spent the past four seasons in charge of Wisconsin's strength and conditioning program, is heading to Arkansas.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced Tuesday that Herbert is joining his staff as the head strength and conditioning coach. He is the fifth coach or staff member to follow Bielema from Wisconsin the past two weeks.
"Ben Herbert has transformed countless student-athletes and his system has become known by those on the next level for producing individuals with toughness and an incredible work ethic," Bielema said in a news release. He has a strong background in what we want out of our strength and conditioning program, and he has shown a great ability to produce results with energy and passion. He is focused on details and consistency and is always thinking outside the box to come up with new, improved ways to make our student-athletes better. He oversees a comprehensive plan that extends beyond the weight room, and our student-athletes will benefit from his instruction."
Herbert has spent 11 years with the Wisconsin strength program, beginning as an intern in 2002. He was promoted to assistant strength coach in 2003 before taking over the head strength coach position in 2009. Herbert helped develop 41 NFL Draft picks, including six first-round selections.
His tenure with the Badgers followed his Wisconsin playing career, where Herbert was a four-year letterman for teams that won two Rose Bowls. The former defensive lineman tied the school's bowl record for sacks after collecting two in the 2000 Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.
Want to learn more about Herbert? Here is a video on his work with the Badgers.
Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau