St. Louis joins USF staff as strength GA
Here's one of those notes that will get one paragraph in the paper but will mean a lot to Bulls fans: former USF linebacker Patrick St. Louis, a defensive co-captain on last year's team, has joined USF's coaching staff as a graduate assistant in Ronnie McKeefery's strength and conditioning program.
St. Louis, honored with the team's "First-Teamer Award" this spring, given to the player who shows "leadership both on and off the field, has great character, physical and mental toughness." He worked out for pro scouts, hoping to land a free-agent NFL contract, but wasn't able to latch on anywhere. He's long professed a desire to get into coaching, and USF's coaches are excited to have him on staff and hopeful his work ethic will spill over to younger players, in the weight room and on the field.
Speaking of McKeefery's staff, he's filled an opening on his staff with Kaz Kazadi, a 33-year-old who spent the last two seasons as a strength and conditioning assistant with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. Kazadi played linebacker at Tulsa and was drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Rams, and has college experience from being on the strength staff at Missouri in 2004. Born in Zaire, his academic background is a lot like Jim Leavitt, a Missouri graduate -- Kazadi has an undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in psychology, and a master's from Missouri in counseling psychology. McKeefery had promoted former graduate assistant Aaron Quarberg into his other vacant assistant position.