Blog – MSU basketball hires new strength and conditioning



Both Mississippi State basketball teams got a boost on Tuesday.

It was announced that David Deets was hired as the new Director of Basketball Performance for both the men’s and women’s teams.

He takes over for Richard Akins, who retired in May after 33 years with the Bulldogs.

“I’m excited to be back in the SEC and at a school like Mississippi State with the tradition they have in basketball,” Deets said in a school release. “Being able to join Coach (Ben) Howland and his staff, who have a great record of success, is very exciting. And working with Vic (Schaefer) and his staff after seeing what he’s done here in a short period of time is equally exciting. There’s going to be a lot of change here, and it’s going to be for the good. I can’t wait to get with our players and start our training to get ready for next season.”

Deets comes to MSU after spending the previous year in Oklahoma as the director of rehab and strength and conditioning for the Tuttle Public School district. Prior to that, he was on Mike Anderson’s staff at Arkansas for three years as strength and conditioning coach.

During his time with the Razorbacks, Deets helped design a new weight room and was instrumental in the development of Jacorey Williams, 2015 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley.

Before his stint at Arkansas, Deets spent five years with Anderson at Missouri. He helped with the renovations of the Sally O. Nichols Weight Room and mentored four National Strength and Conditioning All-Americans. He helped the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament runs and a Big 12 Tournament Championship in 2009.

He became a Master Strength Coach in 2013 and is well-respected in the field for his innovative approach to strength and conditioning. He’s been a featured speaker at national conferences and was one of seven individuals worldwide in Nike Basketball’s SPARQ program, which develops testing measures for basketball.

Deets graduated from Northeastern State University in 2000 and he went on to a graduate assistantship at Oklahoma State. He spent one year with the Cowboys before becoming the head strength and conditioning for all 14 sports at Northwestern State.

He then went to Texas Christian and back to Oklahoma State before taking over at Missouri.


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