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Vikings strength and conditioning coach accepts job with USTA

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: A Minnesota Viking helmet sits on the turf prior to an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Vikings on DECEMBER 18, 2016, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis MN. (Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire)
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Minnesota Vikings strength and condition coaching Brent Salazar has accepted a job with the United States Tennis Association, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Salazar, who has a tennis background, served as the Vikings strength and conditioning coach for the 2016 season.

Prior to his time with Minnesota, Salazar was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2007 through 2015 and was a strength and conditioning intern for the Denver Broncos in 2005.

Salazar has plenty of experience in this field.

Before getting an opportunity in the NFL, Salazar was a strength and conditioning intern at the University of New Mexico for two years (2002-03). He then attended graduate school at UNLV and oversaw a strength and conditioning internship for the men’s tennis team and the men’s soccer club. Additionally, he assisted with the football program.

As far as his tennis skills go, Salazar played tennis for the University of New Mexico from 1998 through 2003, helping the school earn a share of the Mountain West Conference title and garnering All-Mountain West Conference honors.

While he was with the Chiefs in 2007, Salazar worked with professional tennis player Jack Sock, the No. 18-ranked men’s tennis player and top American men’s tennis player in the world by the ATP. Salazar helped Sock through his surgery and rehab.

With Salazar departing, the Vikings will now have to move on to their fourth strength and conditioning coach since Mike Zimmer took over as head coach in 2014.

Minnesota went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs.

The Vikings will open up their 2017 campaign on Monday, Sept. 11 when they host the New Orleans Saints at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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