Willie Fritz continues to surround himself with familiarity.
Kyle Speer, who served as director of strength and conditioning at Georgia Southern, will follow Fritz to New Orleans and take a similar role at Tulane, sources confirmed to The Advocate on Monday morning.
He is expected to take the place of Rob Phillips, who has been with Tulane since 2010 and could remain with the Green Wave’s athletic department in a different role.
Speer has worked alongside Fritz since 2010 at Sam Houston State and helped the Bearkats reach the FCS playoffs three times, including a pair of appearances in the national championship game. In 2014, he followed Fritz to Georgia Southern, where they compiled a 17-7 record, which included a Sun Belt championship, in the program’s first two years of FBS participation.
In 2006, Speer was named FCS Strength Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly Magazine for his work at SHSU.
He is at least the sixth staff member to follow Fritz from Georgia Southern to Tulane, joining offensive coordinator Doug Ruse, defensive coordinator Jack Curtis, linebackers coach Mike Mutz, defensive line coach Kevin Peoples and offensive line coach Alex Atkins.
Running backs coach Dell McGee was expected to come to Tulane, but instead chose to join new Georgia coach Kirby Smart’s staff.