|Position:||Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach|
Zach Duval returned to his roots when he joined Scott Frost’s staff as Nebraska’s head football strength and conditioning coach in December of 2017. Duval previously worked as a Husker Power student assistant (1994), graduate assistant (1995-96) and assistant football strength coach (1997-2002 and 2008).
Duval spent the past two seasons as the director of sports performance for football at UCF, where he also oversaw the school’s entire sports performance department. With the Knights, Duval helped Frost’s team to a 13-0 record in 2017, two years after Frost inherited a winless team. Aided by Duval’s development, UCF was the nation's only undefeated FBS team and the Knights also won the AAC title. Individually, an American Athletic Conference-record 16 Knights were selected as all-conference performers. For his efforts, Football Scoop named Duval as the nation's top strength coach in 2017. In Duval’s first season at UCF in 2016, he helped UCF qualify for a bowl game as the nation’s most improved team.
Duval came 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.
Previously, Duval was at Buffalo from 2010 to 2013, serving as the Bulls’ director of sports performance 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 experience was 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 spent a total of 10 seasons with the Husker Power program at Nebraska, including his first nine years in the profession. After working in private business from 2003 to 2007, Duval returned to Nebraska as a strength coach in 2008. Previously, Duval served 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.
Duval earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Nebraska in 1998. He and his wife, Sarah, have five children: Sonja, Bronx, Jaggar, Capri and Zolie.