Alabama football’s strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran received a HUGE pay increase – and he is more than worth every last penny
When strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran came to the University of Alabama in 2007, his salary was $120,000. That’s nothing to sneeze at, considering the majority of the population of the United States doesn’t make close to that number. Cochran has since proven his worth time and time again – and this week, he received a huge pay increase to reflect it.
With a current salary of $525,000, Cochran received a 337% increase from his initial deal. This isn’t the first pay bump he’s gotten over the years, but this one makes the strength and conditioning coach higher paid than many collegiate head coaches.
Some people seem to think that paying Scott Cochran over half a million dollars a year is crazy, but any Alabama football fan will tell you that the man is worth every single penny.
If you have been under a rock the last few years and somehow don’t know who Scott Cochran is – or if you are just aching for football season to start like everyone else – watch this 60 Minutes segment featuring the strength and conditioning coach. It’s a few years old, but still as awesome every time you click the Play button.
Often called the “Voice of Alabama Football”, Cochran is known for his booming voice and wild ways he pumps up his players. Scott can be seen on the sidelines of every Alabama football game, jumping up and down, cheering and yelling for the players. He’s an encourager – pushing the boys to do more, get higher, get lower, jump farther, run faster. And Cochran is right there with them every step of the way.
As the strength and conditioning coach, Scott Cochran spends more real time with the Alabama football players than any other coach – as per NCAA rules. He leads workouts both in the weight room and on the field, and even takes the players to Bryant-Denny Stadium some days to run up and down the massive stadium.
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Cochran is credited with being a true driving force behind the Crimson Tide’s program. Players are stronger and faster than they have ever been. Nick Saban’s fourth quarter “make their ass quit” mentality is carried out by Cochran’s intensive program designed to keep players in top condition throughout every quarter of a football game. Alabama football has often been called a Fourth Quarter Team, not only because things seem to click better offensively the longer they play, but also because other teams start dropping like flies while the Crimson Tide continues to be a massive wrecking ball of destruction.
It is rare that Alabama football players are seen lying on the sidelines or on the field in between plays dealing with cramps and minor injuries – because Coach Scott Cochran has worked them to the bone already. Their bodies are adapted to the rigorous programs and can push through most any situation, all thanks to their strength and conditioning coach.
Bama’s strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran is assuredly a major piece of the Alabama football dynasty – and whatever it takes to keep him in Tuscaloosa preparing the Tide to face the forces of the SEC and College Football Playoff opponents will joyfully be paid.