Strength coach Shultz to leave UM for Bengals

Known for Ravens work, he will join Lewis' staff

Pro Football

January 20, 2003|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

University of Maryland men's basketball strength and conditioning coach Kurtis Shultz will resign his position shortly to take a job as an assistant strength coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to sources familiar with talks between Shultz and the NFL franchise.

A source said Shultz, who could not be reached to comment yesterday, accepted an offer from newly installed Bengals coach Marvin Lewis over the weekend and was expected to sign a two-year contract today.

Shultz will remain with the Terps for two more weeks, before taking over as an assistant to Cincinnati head strength coach Chip Morton, a source said.

Morton, formerly an assistant coach with the Ravens, became the head strength coach a year ago with the Washington Redskins after Lewis resigned as defensive coordinator of the Ravens to take over as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach with Washington. Lewis then hired Morton after becoming Cincinnati's coach last week.

Lewis could not be reached to comment yesterday.

Shultz, 30, who played at Maryland for coach Gary Williams from 1992 to 1995, has been the Terps' strength coach for the past four seasons. A native of Baltimore, he played for two years at DeMatha.

An avid weightlifter and body-builder since his pre-college days, Shultz has established a thriving personal training, body-building and self-defense business in the area and has become known in NFL circles in recent years by working with the Ravens. He has been a personal trainer to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

NOTE: According to the Bengals' Web site, quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson has accepted a job as quarterbacks coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wire reports contributed to this article.

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