Zillner comes to a team that has reached NCAA Tournament four straight years under coach Karen Aston. Dustin Safranek FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas hires sports performance coach for women’s basketball team

Zach Zillner will concentrate on various aspects -- speed, strength, agility, conditioning and flexibility. He also will work collaboratively with the areas of sports medicine and performance nutrition.

Posted April 24th, 2017

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  • Prior to Texas, Zillner was the sports performance coach for the women’s basketball, softball, women’s golf and women’s tennis teams at Kansas.

On Monday, Texas women’s basketball coach Karen announced that Zack Zillner has been named sports performance coach for the Longhorns.

Zillner will develop, implement and supervise the training regimen for the Texas women’s basketball team in various areas — speed, strength, agility, conditioning and flexibility. He also will work collaboratively with the areas of sports medicine and performance nutrition.

Zach Zillner arrives at Texas after serving similar job at Kansas.

Zillner arrives at Texas with a vast amount of experience at three NCAA Division I institutions, most recently serving as assistant strength and conditioning coach at  Kansas. At KU, Zillner was the sports performance coach for the women’s basketball, softball, women’s golf and women’s tennis teams. He worked directly with 2017 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Year Jessica Washington. He also assisted with men’s basketball, including 2017 consensus National Player of the Year Frank Mason, and was responsible for the development of incoming athletes.

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Prior to returning to his alma mater, Zillner spent more than a year (2015-16) as assistant strength and conditioning coach at  Illinois, working with women’s basketball, volleyball and men’s and women’s golf. During his tenure, the Illini men’s golf team won the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA Regional, and the squad boasted three All-Americans.

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