Strength coach helps MSU get strong on and off field

This started with some Sears and Roebuck Ted Williams weights delivered to a sixth-grade fullback, continued with a small group of Akron players getting together for improvised sessions with homemade barbells, then got serious when Ken Mannie was proclaimed the first full-time strength coach in the Mid-American Conference.

And a 20-season run at Michigan State, during which Mannie has become one of the most respected members of an industry that has gone from musclemen to master’s degrees and biomechanics, started with a 3 a.m. phone call from Nick Saban. – Read more at

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