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WSU strength and conditioning coach leaves for NFL

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Clay McGuire, left, talks to Mike Leach during a timeout against Colorado on Oct. 22.

Clay McGuire, left, talks to Mike Leach during a timeout against Colorado on Oct. 22.

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Clay McGuire, left, talks to Mike Leach during a timeout against Colorado on Oct. 22.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen sports editor

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The NFL’s Chicago Bears have hired WSU’s head strength and conditioning coach, according to The Spokesman-Review, marking the fifth departure of an assistant football coach this offseason.

Jason Loscalzo has been an assistant on the WSU staff for the past six seasons, since Head Coach Mike Leach arrived in 2012, and he will work in the same position with the Bears.

Prior to WSU, Loscalzo served as the director of strength and conditioning for five seasons at Boston College.

Offensive line coach Clay McGuire accepted a position at Texas Tech University last week to become their co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

McGuire spent the last six years coaching the offensive lineman at WSU and the past 10 seasons working under Leach.

On Jan. 20, running backs coach Jim Mastro left for the University of Oregon for the same position.

Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch departed WSU in early January to become the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State University, and outside linebackers coach Roy Manning started the exodus of coaches when he left for University of California, Los Angeles, on Jan. 3.

To replace these coaching postions, WSU has made several hires.

The new arrivals to the coaching staff began when WSU hired Kendrick Shaver as the safeties coach.

Leach then promoted Darcel McBath to a defensive assistant and hired Tracy Claeys as the new defensive coordinator.

WSU most recently hired Mason Miller on Sunday to become the new offensive line coach.

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DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen Editor-in-Chief

Dylan Greene is a journalism and media production major from Stanwood. He started as the football beat reporter in the fall of 2017 and midway through that semester he was promoted to Assistant Sports Editor. He served as the Sports Editor for the 2018 spring semester and became Editor-in-Chief in May of this year.

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