Jan 29, 2015
Strength Coach Gets Second Chance

Sal Alosi, the former New York Jets strength and conditioning coach who resigned last year after making headlines for tripping an opposing player on the sideline, has been hired by UCLA to be its Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Alosi was hired by new Bruins Head Football Coach Jim Mora, Jr., whom he worked under with the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.

The controversial hiring drew immediate criticism from the local media. However, Mora was quick to defend his decision.

“You can rip me if you want for this hiring, but it’s not fair to rip Sal,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “This is a good man who made a poor decision, took responsibility for it, paid a dear price, and has fought his way back.”

Alosi, who has shied away from public comment since his termination, is grateful for the second chance.

“With the level of negativity that comes with hiring me, I knew the only chance I had was with a head coach who understood me as a strength coach and didn’t have a lasting impression about me based on one incident,” he told the Times. “I know how lucky I am to be here.”

When asked about the event, Alosi replied, “It’s all out there, everyone saw what I did, I feel terrible about it, and it’s impacted my life in ways you could never imagine.”

Alosi comes to Westwood from Bryant College, where he had worked since August. Prior to that, he was providing personal training services to NFL players during the league’s lockout.

Alosi’s meteoric rise to infamy began Dec. 12, 2010, when he was shown sticking out his knee to trip a Miami Dolphin player who was covering a punt. A few days later Alosi was suspended indefinitely by the team after acknowledging he ordered players to form a wall along the sideline. He resigned less than two months later.

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