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Hogs hire Wisconsin strength coach

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema has added some muscle to his staff.

Ben Herbert was a part of 14 bowl appearances during his 15 years at Wisconsin as a player and coach.

Ben Herbert, the head strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin, has been hired for the same position at the UA, it was announced Tuesday.

Herbert played at Wisconsin and has worked there in strength and conditioning for the past 11 seasons. He’s been the Badgers’ head strength and conditioning coach the past four seasons.

“Ben Herbert has transformed countless student-athletes and his system has become known by those on the next level for producing individuals with toughness and an incredible work ethic," Bielema said in the press release. “He has a strong background in what we want out of our strength and conditioning program, and he has shown a great ability to produce results with energy and passion.”

Bielema said Herbert is focused on details and consistency and “is always thinking outside the box to come up with new, improved ways to make our student-athletes better.”

“He oversees a comprehensive plan that extends beyond the weight room, and our student-athletes will benefit from his instruction,” Bielema said.

Herbert, a Pittsburgh native, was a part of 14 bowl appearances and five Big Ten titles in his 15 total seasons at Wisconsin. According to the press release, he helped develop 41 NFL draft picks, six of whom were first-round picks.

Herbert was a four-year letterman as a defensive lineman at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers win two Rose Bowls. He had two sacks for minus-20 yards in the 2000 Rose Bowl win over Stanford, setting school bowl records for most tackles for loss and sacks yardage.

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