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Chad Dennis begins his first season at Texas Tech as the head strength and conditioning coach for Red Raider Football.
Dennis joins the Red Raiders after one year at Texas A&M where he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach under Larry Jackson. While with the Aggies in 2012, he played a key role in A&M's 11-2 season and win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Dennis returned to Aggieland in 2012 after spending the seven previous seasons as the Assistant Director of Sports Performance at the University of Houston and the 2005-06 campaign at the University of Connecticut.
In his first stint in College Station, from 2002-05, Dennis worked with the Aggies' football and men's and women's basketball teams while also overseeing the three-time national champion A&M equestrian team.
Before arriving in College Station, Dennis worked at Westfield High School in Spring, Texas, from 2000-02, where he served as an assistant football coach and directed the team's strength and conditioning program. Dennis spent the six years prior to that appointment working as a physical therapy technician at several occupational health care facilities.
A native of Baytown, Texas, Dennis graduated from the University of Texas in 1993, with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He earned a master's degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2005. Dennis is certified by both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). While an undergraduate at UT, Dennis was a member of the football team. He played tight end for his first two seasons but, hampered by injuries, spent his final two seasons in Austin working as a student assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Dennis and his wife, Melynda, have a son, Coleman.