UCF football has announced the hiring of Zach Duval as the new director of strength and conditioning.

At the time of Duval moving up the coaching ranks at Nebraska, UCF football head coach Scott Frost was the star quarterback for the Cornhuskers. Duval started his coaching career as a student assistant in Nebraska’s strength training room in 1994, and then went on to take over as a graduate assistant from 1995-96.

He was then hired as the Nebraska strength football coach in 1997. Frost’s senior year was in 1997 when he was a Davey O’ Brien Award semifinalist, which is awarded to the nation’s best quarterback.

After his time in Nebraska ended in 2002, Duval created the Xplosive Edge performance center. The performance center developed specialized computer software to be utilized by strength-training professionals. He also assisted as co-owner and manager of The Performance and Wellness Institute in Colorado.

In 2008, Duval returned to Nebraska as the strength coach.

Duval stayed in the state of Nebraska in 2009 as he became the director of athletics performance at Creighton University. He then traveled to Buffalo to work as the Bulls’ director of sports from 2010-2013.

Duval most recently was the director of sports performance at Wyoming University where he started in 2014.

During his time as a coach, Duval helped Nebraska win three national championships which were won in 1994, 1995, and 1997. At Buffalo, he assisted with All-American linebacker Khalil Mack who was selected fifth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2014 draft.

One of the most significant facets of football is that of the weight room. Duval looks to bring his experience and success to the UCF football program and help Frost get the Knights back on track.


Jimmy Calhoun is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future.