Ted Rath enters his first season serving as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams. He has spent eight seasons at the pro level as an assistant strength coach for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.
Rath was named assistant strength and conditioning coach in Miami for the 2016 season. Before his stint with the Dolphins, he spent seven seasons (2009-15) with the Detroit Lions as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. In 2011, the Lions won 11 games, the most the franchise had won in a single season since 1991.
In Detroit, Rath helped start the annual Detroit Lions Strength and Conditioning Clinic in 2011. The event is a forum for providing, sharing and exchanging information in the ever-changing world of strength and conditioning.
Prior to Detroit, Rath was an assistant director of strength and conditioning at his alma mater, Toledo, where he directed the strength and conditioning programs for all 15 of the school’s Olympic sports. He also assisted with all phases of football training, including design and implementation of its workouts. Rath spent time at Toledo as a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning department, focusing on the strength programs for men’s basketball, baseball, track, cross country, golf and swimming.
He began his professional career at Crestwood High School (Dearborn Heights, Mich.) where he served as an assistant football coach and directed the school’s speed and strength training.
Rath played linebacker at Toledo from 2003-06 and helped the Rockets win the 2004 Mid-American Conference championship. He is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (C.S.C.C.A.), has written articles for several industry publications and speaks regularly at conferences and football camps.
Past Job Experience
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Dearborn Heights Crestwood High School (Dearborn, MI)
Director of Strength & Conditioning: Ann Arbor Huron High School (Ann Arbor, MI)
Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach: University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning: University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach: Detroit Lions
I would like to invite you to a clinic I am hosting in Detroit of May 18th. Great line up of speakers. Designed for Strength Coaches that work with Football. For more information on Football Strong Michigan go to http://www.ronmckeefery.com/fbstrongmi/ . Hope to see you there.
Coach Rath, How do you recommend getting into strength and conditioning for the NFL . Really I would be satisfied with a professional internship for now. Any advice would be appreciated. I currently am a volunteer coach at Denison University in Ohio.