LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State head football
coach Doug Martin announced Thursday that Don Decker has been hired as the
Aggies’ Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach. Decker brings over 22
years of experience to the NM State football program.
“Coach Decker has a lot of experience as a former SEC strength and
conditioning coach at Arkansas and at Ole’ Miss,” Martin said. “He brings a
wealth of experience in speed and strength to our program and I think his
knowledge of football in general having played the quarterback position in
college really adds to his ability to be a top notch strength coach for us.”
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be the next head
football strength and conditioning coach at NM State,” Decker said. “I’m excited
about the vision that Coach Martin has for the program, the leadership he provides
and I’m thankful to be a part of that.”
Decker spent four years at Ole Miss as the Head Football Strength
& Conditioning Coach. His career of excellence
was honored in the spring of 2010 as he was named the 2010 Collegiate Strength
and Conditioning Coach of the Year from the Professional Football Strength and
Conditioning Coaches Society.
Before heading to Oxford, Decker was at Arkansas for 15 seasons,
including the last 10 as the head strength and conditioning coach. He served as
assistant strength and conditioning coach for five years before being promoted.
In 2004, Decker earned the designation of master level strength
coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is
one of just 70 strength and conditioning coaches in the world to earn that
While football was his first responsibility in Fayetteville,
Decker oversaw strength and conditioning for all men's sports. He was in charge
of the basketball weight program for eight years and was also in charge of
During his tenure with the Razorbacks, Decker went to the Final
Four twice, including 1994 when the Hogs won the national championship. He also
worked with the 1995, 2002 and 2006 football squads that won SEC Western
In his first year as head strength and conditioning coach in 1998,
the Razorbacks won a share of the SEC Western Division title and played in the
Florida Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day. It would be the first of eight bowl
games under Decker's watch. In addition, the Razorback baseball team won the
Southeastern Conference regular season crown in 1999.
He came to Arkansas from Kent State where he was head strength coach
for football during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Before going to Kent he was a
graduate assistant in the weight room at Arkansas. He worked with the 1989
football Razorbacks, who won the Southwest Conference crown and played in the
Cotton Bowl. He earned a master's degree in exercise science from Arkansas in
1991 before leaving for Kent.
Decker was a high school football standout at Perry High School in
Masillon, Ohio, where he graduated in 1984. He went to Evangel University where
he was all-district, all-conference and an honorable mention All-American at
quarterback. He received his degree in physical education from Evangel in 1988.
Decker and his wife Stacey have been married for more than 20