Football Coaching Staff
Zach Duval
Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach
Alma Mater: Nebraska
Graduating Year: 1998

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Football Scoop Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year

The 2017 National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, Zach Duval is in his second season as Nebraska’s head football strength and conditioning coach and his fourth season under Scott Frost. Duval previously worked as a Husker Power student assistant (1994), graduate assistant (1995-96) and assistant football strength coach (1997-2002 and 2008).

Nebraska's players have made great strides in their physical development since Duval's arrival. His work helped NU win four of its final six games in 2018, and 12 Huskers were recognized as All-Big Ten selections.

Duval followed Frost to Lincoln after two seasons as the director of sports performance for football at UCF, where he also oversaw the school’s entire sports performance department. Duval helped Frost’s team to a 13-0 record in 2017, two years after the Knights were a winless team. Aided by Duval’s development, UCF was the nation's only undefeated team in 2017. Individually, an American Athletic Conference-record 16 Knights were selected as all-conference performers. In Duval’s first season at UCF, he helped UCF qualify for a bowl game as the nation’s most improved team.

Duval went to Orlando after a two-year stint at Wyoming, where he served as the director of sports performance with the Cowboys. At Wyoming, Duval was certified as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association, the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.

Duval was the director of sports performance at Buffalo from 2010 to 2013, where he worked with All-American Khalil Mack, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2009, he was the director of athletics performance at Creighton. The first 15 years of Duval’s strength and conditioning career were spent at Nebraska or in private business, where he founded the XPlosive Edge Performance Center in Nebraska and later co-owned and managed The Performance and Wellness Institute in Colorado.

Duval previously spent a total of 10 seasons with Husker Power. Duval returned to Nebraska as a strength coach in 2008 after previously serving as an assistant football strength coach with the Huskers from 1997 to 2002. He was a graduate assistant with Husker Power in 1995 and 1996 and served as a student assistant in 1994. Nebraska won three national championships with Duval on the strength staff, and he was a member of the staff for three seasons when Frost was a Husker.

Zach earned his degree in exercise science from Nebraska. He and his wife Sarah have three daughters, Sonja, Capri and Zolie, and two sons, Bronx and Jaggar.