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Florida State football hires Josh Storms as Director of Strength and Conditioning

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FSU continues to round out its coaching staff.

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It’s been a busy Saturday for the FSU football program, starting off the day landing two transfers at key positions. The Seminoles followed that up by naming a defensive back coach. And tonight, they announced that Josh Storms has been named the director of strength and conditioning.

Josh Storms was a member of Arizona State’s Sports Performance staff for nearly a decade when Mike Norvell became the Sun Devils’ offensive coordinator in 2012. When Norvell left Tempe to take the Memphis head coaching job in 2016 not only did Norvell bring Storms with him to Tennessee, but also promoted him to strength coach. Now Storms will again follow Norvell to Tallahassee.

Strength and conditioning is a critical part to a program’s success, and Norvell was very successful at Memphis. Before his tenure at Arizona State Storms coached multiple sports at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, including not just football but also working with tennis, soccer, and track and field athletes. Prior to UNLV Storms also briefly worked for the Minnesota Vikings.

He holds Master Strength and Conditioning Coach recognition by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Storms holds a master degree from Arizona State and completed his undergrad at the University of South Dakota, where he played tight end.

See the full statement on hiring below:

Josh Storms Named Director Of Strength And Conditioning

Josh Storms has been named Florida State’s director of strength and conditioning, head coach Mike Norvell announced Saturday.

“I’m excited to announce the addition of Josh Storms as our new director of strength and conditioning,” Norvell said. “Coach Storms and I have worked together for the last eight years, and he will be a critical component in the development of our student-athletes. He will help create a toughness throughout our team, not only physically but mentally. Josh is one of the best coaches I’ve been around in every aspect. He does a wonderful job of establishing relationships with each young man and encourages a culture of daily improvement. Coach Storms is one of the best in the country in preparing student-athletes to perform at the highest level throughout their collegiate experience while developing them for the next level as well.”

Storms earned Master Strength and Conditioning Coach distinction, the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaches profession, by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) in 2018. Certified through both the CSCCa and National Strength and Conditioning Association, he has been the strength coach for Memphis football since 2016 after working with football for 11 years on the sports performance staff at Arizona State.

“I am unbelievably humbled by this opportunity to be a member of the Seminole family,” Storms said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work side-by-side with Coach Norvell and building this program into one that our former letterwinners, families and fans will be incredibly proud of, not only because of the results on gameday but because of the way that it will be done on a daily basis in the classroom, weight room, practice field and community. My staff and I are ready to get our feet on the ground in Tallahassee, roll up our sleeves and go to work.”

Storms has worked with Norvell each of his four seasons as a head coach, playing an integral role in the development and continued rise of Memphis’ football program. In their four years together at Memphis, the Tigers compiled a 38-15 overall record and in 2019 earned the program’s first outright conference championship since 1969. Storms’ strength program helped lay the foundation for Norvell to put together a 14-1 career record in November with 13 straight victories in the final month of the regular season.

Memphis is one of three FBS teams, along with Ohio State and Oklahoma, that have ranked in the top-15 nationally in scoring offense each of the last four years. The Tigers have shined on special teams, with an NCAA-best 11 kickoff return touchdowns from 2016-19, and have wreaked havoc on defense, forcing 100 total turnovers and averaging 6.8 tackles for loss per game.

Storms spent 2005-15 at Arizona State, including his last four years with Norvell as the Sun Devils’ offensive coordinator. Storms helped develop student-athletes who participated in a school-record five straight bowl games covering his final five seasons in Tempe.

In the four seasons Norvell and Storms worked together at ASU, the Sun Devils averaged 38.1 points per game and scored nearly 2,000 points. Over that same four-year span, Arizona State’s 13 interception return touchdowns and 16 defensive touchdowns were the most in the country.

Storms joined the Arizona State staff after two years as an assistant strength coach at UNLV. He spent 2001 as a seasonal assistant strength coach with the Minnesota Vikings.

Storms played tight end at the University of South Dakota and earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation in 2001. He completed his master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State in 2006.

Storms and his wife, Darcie, have a son, Colt.

Josh Storms’ Coaching history

2020 Florida State Director of Strength and Conditioning

2016-19 Memphis Director of Athletic Performance

2015-15 Arizona State Sports Performance Assistant Head Coach

2002-04 UNLV Assistant Strength Coach

2001 Minnesota Vikings Seasonal Assistant Strength Coach