USF Hires New Director of Athletic Performance

The University of South Florida has named Irele Oderinde to the position of Director of Athletic Performance for USF Athletics. He assumes his duties immediately overseeing the strength and conditioning programs for all 19 USF sport programs and directly guiding the training program for Bulls’ football.

Oderinde brings nearly 10 years of experience in collegiate strength and conditioning to USF including stops at West Virginia, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Western Kentucky. A four-year lettermen in football at Western Kentucky, he helped the Hilltoppers win the 2002 Division I-AA National Championship and played on WKU teams for which current USF Head Football Coach Willie Taggart served as an assistant coach and assistant head coach.

“We are excited to have Irele join our program. He knows what it takes to win and will relate very well to our student-athletes on a personal level,” Taggart said. “My relationship with Irele goes back a long way. He is terrific at what he does and has had the opportunity to be part of many outstanding programs and gain a wide range of knowledge in his field.”

Oderinde spent the previous year as the coordinator of strength and conditioning for the football program at West Virginia where assisted in the design and implementation of the year-round program and specialized in exercise selection and skill development for linemen.

The previous season he served as associate director of strength and conditioning at Western Kentucky (2012-13) where he assisted in all aspects of athletic performance for the football program and as well as implemented training programs for the baseball and track and field programs.

Prior to WKU, Oderinde spent three seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Carolina (2010-12). After joining the Gamecocks’ staff in January of 2010, he designed and led the year-round training program for the men’s basketball and tennis teams, worked with the football team and supervised the daily operations of the Colonial Life weight room.

He was midway through his second season as a member of Notre Dame’s staff, before leaving for USC. At Notre Dame (2008-10), he served as the speed and skills development coach. He developed sport-specific speed and skill development programs for the Fighting Irish football team and led the strength and conditioning programs for the men’s and women’s golf and track and field teams.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Oderinde served three seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at WKU (2005-08), and four years on the school’s staff. While there, he developed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for the men’s basketball team and assisted in monitoring the program’s for the football and softball teams. During his tenure, the Hilltoppers saw a significant increase in vertical leaps and total strength. He also assisted with the athletic program’s nutrition regimen and was responsible for the purchase of training equipment used by the men’s basketball program.

Oderinde earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from WKU in 2003 and a master’s degree in sport management from WKU in 2007.

During his playing career, WKU posted a 40-13 (.755) record and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in four consecutive years for the first time in school history.

As a senior, he started 12 of WKU’s 13 games and recorded a career-best 45 total tackles (31 unassisted) with nine stops for loss and a sack as the Hilltoppers ranked in the top 20 nationally in four of five team statistical categories.

Oderinde played in 10 games as a junior as WKU won the 2002 Division I-AA (now FCS) national championship, the school’s first in any sport. He collected 18 tackles, three for loss, and a pass break-up. In 2001, he played in all 12 games with three starts, collecting 28 tackles with eight stops for loss and three sacks.

SOURCE: USF Athletics