|Other Position:||Strength & Conditioning|
|Alma Mater:||Pacific (Ore.)|
One of the most overlooked elements in the success of Oregon’s student-athletes is Jim Radcliffe, now in his 29th year as the school’s head strength and conditioning coach and 31st overall. He not only plays a significant role in the Ducks’ football program as the designer of the year-round conditioning calendar but also has been quick to aid the athletic development of athletes in the sports of baseball as well as men’s and women’s track & field.
While he has long been one of the integral components to the program’s success – as often credited by both past and present Oregon student-athletes – his work and innovation are now recognized as one of the overwhelming contributions to the fast pace the football team has employed the past five years.
During his tenure as the longest among his counterparts within the Pac-12 Conference, he as established himself as a highly-respected teacher, coach and author. An active clinician throughout the country, he is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities regarding exercise for the development of strength, speed and agility.
In addition to overseeing a strength and conditioning program that was named one of the top 10 in the country in 2013 by Bleacher Report, Radcliffe was included on a list of the 65 most influencial strength coaches of all time by another 2012 website, as well as one of three national finalists for FootballScoop’s Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award in 2010.
Radcliffe, who guided the receivers during much of the 1999 fall camp, furnishes the student-athletes with a wide variety of exercise through weight training and lifting systems, and is a noted authority in the field of exercises dealing with the improvement of speed and quickness.
The 57-year-old McCloud, Calif., native became assistant strength coach at Oregon in 1985, a position he held for two years before assuming the direction over his specialty.
Radcliffe taught and coached a variety of sports and was the athletic trainer for four years at Aloha (OR) High School from 1980-83.
He then did graduate study at Colorado and worked in private business prior to joining the Ducks’ staff. Graduating from Pacific (OR) with a degree in physical education and health in 1980, he played four seasons at defensive back and was captain of the special teams. Radcliffe earned his Master’s in biomechanics from Oregon in 1992.
Radcliffe is active in national organizations surrounding his profession and is certified by the United States Weightlifting Federation. He also has written books, been published in numerous professional journals and produced videos on plyometrics, one of the most effective exercise techniques.