Ted Rath returns for his fifth season as the Lions assistant strength and conditioning coach after joining the team during the 2009 offseason. He had spent the previous two years as the assistant director of strength and conditioning for his alma mater, the University of Toledo. Rath was a linebacker for the Rockets (2003-2006) and helped them claim the 2004 MAC Championship and earn two bowl game berths, including the 2004 Motor City Bowl at Ford Field.
While working with Toledo’s strength and conditioning program, Rath directed the strength regimens for all 15 of their Olympic Sports. He also assisted with all phases of football training protocols, including design and implementation of their workouts. Prior to being named assistant director, Rath worked as a graduate assistant and focused on the strength programs for men’s basketball, baseball, track, cross country, golf and swimming.
Rath, along with Coordinator of Physical Development Jason Arapoff, started the annual Detroit Lions Strength and Conditioning Clinic in 2011. The event is a forum for providing, sharing and exchanging information in the ever changing world of strength & conditioning.
After graduating from Toledo with a degree in Physical Education, Rath started his professional career at nearby Crestwood (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) High School where he was an assistant football coach as well as their director of speed and strength training. The Monroe, Mich., native is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (C.S.C.C.A.). Rath is a member of the advisory board for UltimateStrengthAndConditioning.com and is a contributing expert for Stack Magazine. He has written articles for multiple publications and speaks at numerous conferences and football camps throughout the year.
RATH’S FOOTBALL BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2009-present
• Strength and Conditioning Assistant 2009-present
• Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning 2008-09
• Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 2007-08
Crestwood (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) H.S. 2007
• Asst. Football Coach/ Director of Speed and Strength Training 2007
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