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Missouri strength coach Pat Ivey honored

Updated: 2014-01-14T16:34:02Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

— Missouri’s Pat Ivey was chosen Monday as the 2013 Football Scoop strength and conditioning coach of the year.

Ivey, who is the Tigers associate athletic director for athletic performance, is in charge of the football program’s player development program and also oversees development in other varsity sports.

“It is an honor and I’m really humbled, because I know what I’m representing and who I’m representing at the University of Missouri,” Ivey said. “I think about all the people who’ve helped me along the way. This is a team award truly.”

Prior winners of the award, which dates back to 1999, selected Ivey as this year’s recipient after Missouri went 12-2, including an SEC East championship and a victory in the Cotton Bowl.

“I think about everything that goes into it,” Ivey said. “I think about our sports management staff that helped keep the guys healthy, because an injured athlete is not going to hit hard. I think about Pat Smith and Rex Sharp. I think about coach (Gary) Pinkel and the discipline and toughness he instills in the players. I think about the type of players we recruit and how hard they work day in and day out.”

Ivey also said Missouri’s massage therapists and physical therapists share in the award along with the team’s sports psychologist, Rick McGuire.

Ivey played for the Tigers from 1993-95. He served as Tulsa’s director of strength and conditioning before returning to the same role at Missouri in 2005.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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