FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots will have a change atop their strength and conditioning staff in 2016, as Harold Nash won’t be back with the team, according to multiple sources.
Nash has served as the team’s head strength and conditioning coach from 2011-2015, taking over for Mike Woicik, who is now with the Dallas Cowboys. Nash, 45, was Woicik’s assistant in New England from 2005-2010, a time in which he also assisted in coordinating the team’s player-development programs. In 2009-2010, Nash and the Patriots’ player development program were awarded the 2009-2010 Outstanding Overall Player Development Award.
In 2015, the Patriots had a string of injuries, which contributed to the higher-than-normal total of 77 players occupying a spot on the 53-man roster at various points of the year.
With former Patriots personnel executives branching out across the NFL -- Bob Quinn was hired as the Detroit Lions' general manager and Jon Robinson was hired as Tennessee Titans' general manager --it’s possible Nash could have opportunities elsewhere. One of Quinn’s first moves in Detroit was to let go of the club’s strength and conditioning staff.
Nash was a defensive back in the Canadian Football League for 11 seasons from 1994 to 2004. He was a three-time all-star while playing for the Shreveport Pirates, Montreal Alouettes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos.