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 Erik Korem
Erik Korem

High Performance Coach

After spending the last decade developing some of the best athletes in the world - from football All-Americans to Olympic medalists -- Erik Korem has joined the University of Kentucky football program as its high performance coach, overseeing all aspects of student-athlete well-being, nutrition and strength and conditioning.

Korem will work closely with strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond, director of sports sciences Chris Roland, nutritionist Monica Fowler and all of UK football's support staff on player development.

Korem's impressive resume includes work with some of the best athletes in the world, including world-class track and field sprinters such as Olympic medalist and Kentucky native Tyson Gay. Korem served as a speed development consultant during the 2008 Olympic year when Gay broke the American record in the 100-meter dash.

Prior to joining UK's staff, Korem spent three seasons at Florida State University, where he started as the speed and nutrition specialist for the football program before being elevated to the director of sport science and football operations. While with the Seminoles, FSU had three very successful seasons on the field, winning a bowl game all three seasons and finishing with one of the best defensive units in the nation.

Before joining FSU's staff, Korem spent time at Mississippi State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and as a professor in the Exercise Science Department. Korem also served as the director of athletic performance at the University of the Pacific and was the head strength and conditioning coach at Fort Valley State University.

The Dallas, Texas, native graduated with a bachelor's degree in applied exercise physiology from Texas A&M University in 2003 before serving as an intern and graduate assistant from 2004-06 at the University of Arkansas, where he completed his master's degree in exercise science.

Korem and his wife, Hayle Lynn, have a son, Cooper Jet.