DENTON, Texas (7/6/09) Charr Gahagan has officially been hired as the director of strength and conditioning for the North Texas football team, coach Todd Dodge announced. Gahagan comes to the Mean Green after a brief stint at the University of Washington and over eight years with USC.
“We are very excited to have Charr with us. He has a tremendous background in the strength and conditioning world and is a guy who spent eight years at USC and worked under Chris Carlisle, one of the best strength coaches in the nation,” said North Texas coach Todd Dodge. “Charr came very highly recommended and he is a guy who has Texas ties and family in the area which will help us.”
Widely considered one of the up and coming strength coaches, Gahagan was a part of the USC staff starting in 2001 and worked under the highly decorated Chris Carlisle, strength coach of the Trojans.
While at USC, Gahagan helped train the three Heisman Trophy winners (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Reggie Bush) and was part of two national championship teams in 2003 and 2004. During Gahagan’s time at USC, the Trojans had 42 NFL draft picks and 30 All-American first team players.
“I’m really excited about coming to North Texas. I grew up just down the road and a lot of my family is here so that makes it even better,” said Gahagan.
Gahagan was a three-time national collegiate champion powerlifter at Louisiana Tech and was named the Best Lifter for Men in the Heavyweight Division in 1999. Gahagan captured the national title in the 198 pound weight class and went onto win the Junior National title twice at the same weight level.
Gahangan was born in Arlington and raised in Terrell, Texas