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Tolbert Named Director of Football Strength and Conditioning
Meet new Michigan director of football strength and conditioning Kevin Tolbert.
Kevin Tolbert is in his third year at Michigan as the team's Director of Football Strength and Conditioning. Tolbert previously served as an assistant strength coach for the Wolverines during Lloyd Carr's tenure from 2001-07.
Prior to returning to Ann Arbor, Tolbert spent six years working with head coach Jim Harbaugh, including four seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14) and two seasons with Harbaugh at Stanford (2009-2010). Tolbert was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Cardinal in 2009 before being promoted to head strength and conditioning coach for the 2010 season.
Before joining Harbaugh's staff at Stanford, Tolbert spent the 2008 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Detroit Lions.
Tolbert joined the Michigan football staff prior to the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl victory against Auburn and spent seven seasons with the program. Tolbert specialized in developing team speed under legendary strength and conditioning coach Mike Gittleson.
He joined the Michigan staff after three years at the University of Miami (Florida), working with the football, basketball and soccer programs. Prior to working with the Hurricanes, Tolbert spent 10 years as a general manager and personal trainer at Mainline Health & Fitness (1988-1998). He worked as the head trainer/conditioning specialist at Ken Leistner's Training before joining the staff at Mainline Health and Fitness. While there Tolbert directed the overall strength and conditioning of numerous athletes including 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-hurdles Derrick Adkins. He was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles (1996-97).
A native of St. Albans, New York, Tolbert earned his bachelor of sciences degree in 1981 from the United States Naval Academy. He was a three-year football letterman for the Midshipmen, helping the squad earn a pair of bowl victories.
He has four children: Kimberly, Kaitlin, Courtney and Matthew.