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Byron Jerideau

Byron Jerideau

Byron Jerideau returns to his alma mater in 2021 after a three-year stint at Tennessee where he served as an assistant director of sports performance for the Volunteers’ football program. He worked under former Gamecock head strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald in 2018, the first season of Jeremy Pruitt’s tenure in Knoxville, then remained on staff as A.J. Artis took over as the Vols’ head strength coach.

Prior to his arrival in Knoxville, Jerideau spent two seasons working in the South Carolina weight room. He also assisted with recruiting and worked with the Gamecocks’ defensive line.

Jerideau’s career in strength and conditioning began when he accepted a role as a strength and conditioning intern for football at the University of Houston in the spring of 2015. He then spent the 2015 season as an assistant strength coach for football at Appalachian State.

A native of Green Pond, S.C., Jerideau began his collegiate career at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College where he helped lead the Greyhounds to an 11-1 record and a national championship. He then transferred to South Carolina where he was a three-year letterwinner from 2010-12, playing defensive tackle while earning a degree in criminal justice. He appeared in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and played for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers in 2013.

Jerideau is still considered pound-for-pound the strongest player in Gamecock history with a 500-pound bench, 670-pound squad and a 365-pound power clean to his credit.