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Chip Morton
Strength and Conditioning

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Chip Morton is in his 15th season as Bengals strength and conditioning coach. He took over the position when Marvin Lewis became head coach in 2003. Throughout his tenure, Morton and his staff have studied trends in athlete preparation to improve their program, which is built on a sound foundation of productive training principles. Their work has helped
the team post a 58-36-2 record over the past six seasons, with five playoff berths. Cincinnati’s .615 winning percentage since 2011 ranks sixth in the NFL for the span.

Chip Morton is in his 15th season as Bengals strength and conditioning coach. He took over the position when Marvin Lewis became head coach in 2003. Throughout his tenure, Morton and his staff have studied trends in athlete preparation to improve their program, which is built on a sound foundation of productive training principles. Their work has helped
the team post a 58-36-2 record over the past six seasons, with five playoff berths. Cincinnati’s .615 winning percentage since 2011 ranks sixth in the NFL for the span.

      In 2017, Morton is in his third year working with an expanded and updated weight room and indoor turf and conditioning areas at Paul Brown Stadium. He worked closely with club management on the design and development of
those facilities, which have expanded the program options for training and rehabilitation.

      In 2015, Morton worked with Lewis to institute a significant change in the team’s weekly routine. The Bengals moved away from the traditional idea that the day before a game (usually Saturday) should be the lightest player activity day of the week. Coaches made the Friday practice lighter and upped the tempo for Saturday. In addition, more time each week was dedicated to player recovery and restoration.

      Perhaps not entirely by coincidence, the 2015 Bengals posted a 12-4 record, tied for best in franchise history for a 16-game season.

      The Bengals’ strength and conditioning program is comprehensive in scope and progressive in its design. At its very core lies a foundation of traditional training principles, with an emphasis on teaching, relationship-building and service to the players. Morton and assistant S/C coach Jeff Friday both have coached on teams that have reached the Super Bowl.

      “Chip and his staff bring experience, knowledge and an ability to effectively communicate,” says Lewis. “All of that helps to draw the best out of our players. Our strength and conditioning program, our sports science program, and our athletic training department all work together to improve our players’ football performance and to increase their resistance to injuries.”

      Morton was a coaching colleague of Lewis with the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2001, serving as Ravens assistant strength and conditioning coach, and he was with Lewis in ’02 at Washington, serving as head strength and conditioning coach for the Redskins.

      Morton is in his 26th NFL season, having also served as strength and conditioning assistant at San Diego from 1992-94 and as head strength and conditioning coach at Carolina from ’95-98. He has coached with two Super Bowl teams — the 1994 Chargers and the 2000 World Champion Ravens.

      He started his career in the collegiate ranks, serving as assistant strength coach at Ohio State (1985-86) while completing his master’s degree in physical education. He moved to Penn State in 1987 as the first-ever full-time strength and conditioning assistant for Nittany Lions football. He also worked with 14 other men’s and women’s sports during his five years (1987-91) at Penn State.

      Morton’s hometown is Hamden, Conn. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1985 with a degree in zoology, where he also earned a varsity letter in swimming.

      Continuing education is a priority in Morton’s development as a coach and teacher. In 2016, he and his staff were a part of the first Level One coaching certification in the Stick Mobility training system. Also in ’16, Morton completed the coursework required to become an Original Strength Certified Coach. In addition, he is a Level One Sports Performance Coach through the United States Weightlifting Association, and he has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) in the National Strength & Conditioning Association since 1990. In 2006, Morton became the first NFL strength coach to receive the Russian Kettlebell Instructor’s Certification (RKC), and in ’08, he was certified as a Level I coach in John Brookfield’s Battling Ropes training system.

      Morton and his wife Stacey have seven children.

 

     Coaching history: 1985-86—Assistant strength and conditioning (S/C) coach, Ohio State. 1987-91—Assistant S/C coach, Penn State. 1992-94—Assistant S/C coach, San Diego Chargers. 1995-98—Head S/C coach, Carolina Panthers. 1999-2001—Assistant S/C coach, Baltimore Ravens. 2002—Head S/C coach, Washington Redskins. 2003-present—Head S/C coach, Cincinnati Bengals.


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