LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – Louisiana Football Head Coach Michel Desormeaux named Connor neighbors as director of the soccer strength and conditioning program, this was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors has been on the Ragin ‘Cajuns football staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach since the start of the 2021 season and takes on the lead role after gaining valuable experience at LSU and Alabama.

“Connor has been the professional par excellence since joining our team in 2021,” Desormeaux said. “He has brought new energy to our program and has cutting edge ideas to continue to develop our student-athletes, help them limit injuries and perform at their highest possible level. Connor has trained and worked with legends from the strength and conditioning world. We’re excited to see the trajectory of this program continue to climb under the leadership of Connor and his strength and conditioning team. We are delighted to be keeping him and his wife, Megan, home with #cULTURE. “

Neighbors served as Acting Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Ragin ‘Cajuns during the team’s appearance at the 2021 New Orleans Bowl, helping to prepare the team for the contest through a variety of strength programs and peak condition.

Throughout the 2021 season, he was in charge of warming up and conditioning the team’s quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs. He also implemented undulating periodization, speed-based training for CNS self-regulation, and appropriate progressions for a new stimulus involving plyometrics, Olympic and power-based lifts.

Neighbors was instrumental in the team’s application of the Catapult GPS Tracking System and was a key advisor to the Head Coach and Assistant Coaches on load management for student-athletes on base data collected from the program.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity of a lifetime to lead and develop young men on and off the pitch,” said Neighbors. “I cannot thank Coach Desormeaux enough for trusting me to continue our proud tradition of training some of the best talent in the country through our programs. We are ready to deal with it. “

Prior to arriving in Louisiana, he spent three seasons at LSU under the direction of legendary strength and conditioning trainer Tommy Moffitt. In that role, he served the Tigers’ tight ends, running backs and defensive backs, leading the warm-ups and functional conditioning of each group.

Neighbors also used a variety of science-based methods including Polar GPS tracking, PERCH speed-based training, and Vald ForceDecks monitoring to create detailed training plans and monitor the health and well-being of the student-athletes who were on the move. ‘he coached.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Neighbors coached at Florida Atlantic University (2017-18). His experience with the Owls includes a stint as an interim head coach, simultaneously coaching multiple student-athletes during the Olympics and Power
lifts based and served as director of in-season rehabilitation for injured players.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, he spent two seasons as a football and baseball strength and conditioning coach at the University of Alabama, where he learned to prescribe strength and conditioning programs. elite athletes.

He began his career in strength and conditioning at LSU in 2016, where he learned to coach well and connect with athletes while getting behind the scenes of how a strength program works.

Neighbors started a two-year fullback in 2013 and 2014 for LSU and has played 43 total games during his career, starting 17 times. During his playing career, he ran for six yards on three carries and caught 11 passes for 119 yards in five years.

Neighbors is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has Level 1 certification in US weightlifting and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) certification. He graduated from LSU with a BA in Science Management and is currently pursuing a Masters in Liberal Arts from LSU.

He and his wife, Megan, reside in Lafayette.