Vikings' strength coach Brent Salazar leaves for USTA job

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings are once again in the market for a new strength and conditioning coach.

Brent Salazar has left the organization to take a job with the U.S. Tennis Association, as ESPN's Field Yates reported on Monday morning. Salazar, who had joined the Vikings before the 2016 season, had replaced Evan Marcus following a rash of pectoral injuries during Marcus' two seasons with the team.

Assistant strength and conditioning coaches Derik Keyes and Chaz Mahle remain with the team, but the Vikings need their third head strength and conditioning coach in four seasons under head coach Mike Zimmer.

Salazar had come to the Vikings after nine years as the Kansas City Chiefs' assistant strength and conditioning coach. He played tennis at the University of New Mexico from 1998-2003 before taking a strength and conditioning internship with the Denver Broncos.