Head football coach Perry Thomas has announced the staff addition of AJ Strong as the new running backs coach at Campbellsville University.

Strong, a 2016 graduate and two-year letter-winner for CU, replaces former assistant coach Dwight Houston who left the team this past spring.

A Palmetto, Fla. native, Strong came to Campbellsville in the spring of 2013 and will have a chance to now transition from player to coach in 2016.

He was a main cog in the Tigers run to back-to-back Mid-South Conference West Division championships in 2014 and 2015. He was named a second-team all-conference selection both seasons after running for a combined 905 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2015, Strong rushed for 53.4 yards per game and averaged 66.3 all-purpose yards. In 2014, Strong averaged 71.8 all-purpose yards per game.

“We are excited to have AJ joining our staff as the running backs coach,” said Thomas. “AJ will have a positive impact with the players both on and off the field. His understanding of our program philosophies, campus expectations and what it means to be a Fighting Tiger will enable him to lead these young men.”

The Tigers return a slew of running backs for 2016, including Chantz Goodman, Wade Holtsclaw and Aiden Stuart-Hoskins. Campbellsville will also have Sean Mardis and Jonnell Morgan competing for playing time this fall.

“I came to Campbellsville because I loved the school when I visited,” said Strong. “I tried to get involved with a lot of activities on campus outside of football and met a lot of great people. Now I going to be able to give back to the place that has invested in my future the previous three years.”

In addition to coaching running backs, Strong will hit the recruiting trail in the local Campbellsville area but also in the Fort Knox and Ohio County areas.

“The reason I wanted to get into coaching was the love of the game,” said Strong. “I love this game and now I am going to be able to use the skills I learned and developed to help build our current players skill sets. I also want to thank Coach Thomas for giving me this opportunity to coach at the collegiate level.”

Campbellsville is looking for a three-peat in the MSC West Division and will kick off it season on the road. The Tigers will travel to University of the Cumberlands with a Thursday night kick off on August 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

Jim Freeman and Matt Payton will both be back for the 2016 season and will call all games on the Campbellsville University Sports Network, 88.7 The Tiger and wlcufm.com.

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By: Jordan Alves,
Campbellsville University
Sports information director