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Thomas Rohling returned to his alma mater in 1998 as strength and conditioning coach. He enters his 15th season in that capacity.
Rohling’s duties include direction of the strength and conditioning programs for baseball, men and women’s golf, men and women’s tennis, and the thrower’s on the track team. Rohling has designed, implemented and supervised the strength and conditioning programs for 15 conference champions, 15 N.C.A.A. post season appearances and 4 women’s conference all – sports trophy teams. Rohling’s strength and conditioning programs are still used by athletes he worked with in the collegiate ranks and that have moved onto the pros. To date Rohling has coached 27 players who have gone on to be drafted by Major League Baseball. He was also the strength coach for Philip Ervin the first athlete in Samford University history to ever be taken in the first round of any professional draft.
Rohling is strength and conditioning coach certified (S.C.C.C.) and has earned the designation of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (M.S.C.C.) as issued by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches’ Association. Rohling also holds a C.S.C.S. professional certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
His first work at Samford was as a graduate assistant football coach from 1990-1992, assisting with the defensive line as well as the strength and conditioning program. Rohling also oversaw the offensive scout team and weekly breakdown of opponent’s game films and the gathering of information for weekly defensive scouting reports. In addition to assisting with the football strength and conditioning program, Rohling designed, implemented, and supervised all aspects of the strength and conditioning programs for basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, men and women’s tennis. Rohling was a member of the coaching staff for the 1991 N.C.A.A. I – AA football playoff semi – finalist.
Rohling was a three-year letterman for the Bulldogs under Coach Kim Alsop and Terry Bowden, playing fullback in 1985-86 and nose guard in 1987. He continued his education at Samford after his eligibility expired earning his B.S. degree in 1991. From 1992 till 2005 Rohling ran a successful personal training business while also serving as coordinator of personal training for the local Gold’s Gym affiliate.
He is married to the former Christine Fullman, a Samford cheerleader from 1989-1991 and a 1992 (B.A.) and 1993 (M.Ed.) graduate of Samford University. They have two sons, Conner, 14, and Colton, 9, and a daughter, Chaney, 4.