PULLMAN – Head Washington State strength and conditioning coach Jason Loscalzo has reportedly taken a job with the NFL’s Chicago Bears, a source close to the program told The Spokesman-Review. The news was first reported by FootballScoop.com.
Loscalzo, who’s been with the Cougars since Mike Leach’s first season in Pullman, will work in the same capacity with the Bears. Loscalzo replaces former Chicago strength coach Jason George, who was informed last month by the club he wouldn’t be returning for a fourth season.
The sixth-year WSU assistant has overseen all aspects of the development, coordination, implementation and supervision of the strength and conditioning program for the Cougar football program.
During his tenure at WSU, Loscalzo was highly-regarded by players and coaches as one of the people responsible for the Cougars’ turnaround on the gridiron. Loscalzo arrived in Pullman with Leach in 2012, as the Cougars were coming off three seasons that produced just three wins.
Loscalzo’s weight program was especially instrumental in developing WSU’s offensive line and the strength coach helped the Cougars reach their first bowl game in 10 years when they qualified for the 2013 New Mexico Bowl. WSU played in the 2015 Sun Bowl, beating Miami 20-14, then earned bids to the Holiday Bowl each of the last two seasons.
Prior to his stop at WSU, Loscalzo was the director of strength and conditioning at Boston College for five seasons. The Humboldt State alum and Cool, California, native also spent four seasons at Auburn as the top assistant strength and conditioning coach. The Tigers went to four straight bowl games, including the 2005 Sugar Bowl, and finished the ’05 season with a No. 2 ranking.
Chicago is parting ways with George after an injury-riddled 2017 season that saw 16 players land on the injured reserve. A total of 21 Chicago players were on the injured reserve the season prior. Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy is entering his first season as the Bears’ head coach.
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