Mississippi State football strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis has left the program to take a similar position at the University of Connecticut.
MSU spokesman confirms strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis is leaving for a job at UConn. Balis came to MSU with Mullen 5 years ago.
— bradlocke (@bradlocke) January 9, 2014
This comes as a shock to say the least, but when you consider that Balis was on the staff at Virginia at the same time as UConn’s newly announced head coach, Bob Diaco, is makes a bit more sense. Clearly they have some type of friendship and would like to join forces once again as Diaco attempts to build the Uconn program.
Losing the S & C coach is probably one that you can most live with, but it still hurts. Pretty much any S & C coach that will come in will have the same ruitines and workout regimen…but it’s the personality you are losing. Dan Mullen and the coaching staff like what Balis brought, and the players are used to him. Going into an offseason with as much expectation as there is for this one continuity is a big plus. But, so goes the life of a coaching staff where it’s almost impossible to maintain a complete holdover from year to year among the entire staff these days.
Good luck to Coach Balis going forward and we’ll keep you updated as MSU searches for a new S & C coach.