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Derik Keyes
Assistant Strength & Conditioning

BIOGRAPHY

Derik Keyes joins the Vikings strength and conditioning staff with 8 years of coaching experience, including 5 in the NFL. Prior to assuming his current position, Keyes held the same post with the Browns from 2013-16 and Texans in 2012.

During his time in Cleveland, Keyes worked directly with WRs and DBs, and while in Houston, he helped supervise weight training and focused on speed and agility development of players on injured reserve. Keyes served under the 2012 NFL Strength Coach of the Year, Cedric Smith, and helped the Texans claim an AFC South title in his lone season with the club.

In 2011, Keyes returned to his alma mater, Louisiana-Lafayette, where he worked as the director of strength and conditioning for men’s and women’s track and field, specifically sprinters and jumpers. While with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Keyes also served as the director of football freshman development and assisted with Olympic sports.

Derik Keyes joins the Vikings strength and conditioning staff with 8 years of coaching experience, including 5 in the NFL. Prior to assuming his current position, Keyes held the same post with the Browns from 2013-16 and Texans in 2012.

During his time in Cleveland, Keyes worked directly with WRs and DBs, and while in Houston, he helped supervise weight training and focused on speed and agility development of players on injured reserve. Keyes served under the 2012 NFL Strength Coach of the Year, Cedric Smith, and helped the Texans claim an AFC South title in his lone season with the club.

In 2011, Keyes returned to his alma mater, Louisiana-Lafayette, where he worked as the director of strength and conditioning for men’s and women’s track and field, specifically sprinters and jumpers. While with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Keyes also served as the director of football freshman development and assisted with Olympic sports.

As a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Alabama, Keyes helped develop workouts for several programs, including the football team. Keyes joined the Louisiana-Lafayette coaching staff as an assistant strength and conditioning intern in 2009.

A 4-year letterman at S with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Keyes earned Sun Belt 2nd-Team All-Conference honors, team Defensive MVP and the Hammer Award, given to the player who delivered the hardest hits of the season, as a senior. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008.

A Laurel, MS, native, Keyes attended Lafayette (LA) High School and is a certified USAW Sports Performance coach and NSCA professional member.