Al Vermeil is in his 21st season as the Bulls’ strength and conditioning consultant. He was most recently inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments.
Vermeil graduated with degrees in Physical Education and History from Utah State in 1968 and received his master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1970. His knowledge and implementation of new techniques and training methods have made his programs highly successful and respected throughout the sports world. Before making the jump to the pro ranks and assuming the position of strength and conditioning coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 1979, he enjoyed a successful high school football coaching career and was an outstanding collegiate football player at Utah State University. During his four years with the 49ers, his program made a major contribution to the team’s 1982 Super Bowl Championship.
Currently, Al is the President of Vermeil’s Sport and Fitness, Inc. (VSF) which specializes in athletic assessment and training as well as occupational fitness programs. VSF also has consulted with the San Francisco Giants, University of Alabama, Texas A&M, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago White Sox, The Academy of Golf at Lakeway, Nicklaus Academy of Golf, Golf Digest School and the Los Angeles Lakers. Al has been the featured speaker at many coaching clinics, including the National Strength and Conditioning Association and National Athletic Trainers Association and has been the subject of numerous television, radio and newspaper interviews over his 35-year career. He has written many articles for major publications like Golf Digest, the National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal, as well as several conditioning manuals.
He is the only strength coach who has worked in the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball along with being the only strength coach to have a World Championship ring from the NFL and NBA. Al and his wife, Diane, reside in Lincolnshire, Ill.