Late Wednesday morning, UConn’s men’s basketball announced that Mike Rehfeldt will take over as the new Director of Sports Performance. He replaces Sal Alosi, who held the position for the last two seasons before the team choose “to go in another direction,” per Hearst CT’s Dave Borges.
Rumors of the move had been rumbling for weeks and though his appointment is now official, Rehfeldt has already gotten to work in helping Dan Hurley restore the program to its former glory.
“We are very pleased to add a coach of Mike’s experience and expertise to our staff,” Hurley said in a release. “We were able to see first-hand the success he had working with the players at Cincinnati and we expect him to continue that success at UConn as we strive to build a program that wins championships.”
Fresh off an eight year stint in the same role at the University of Cincinnati, Rehfeldt comes to UConn with a glowing resume and well-earned reputation for developing NBA-level talent.
From 2012 until this past pandemic-shortened season, his success in developing Cincy’s men’s basketball players helped their strength and conditioning program earn the nickname the “Monster Factory” and played a key role in the team earning a trip to the NCAA tournament every year.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Coach Hurley and his staff at UConn,” Rehfeldt said in a statement. “I feel incredibly blessed and thankful to be part of a program that receives such tremendous support from the university and the community.”
Prior to his tenure at the University of Cincinnati, the Blaine, Minnesota native worked with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars as a strength and conditioning assistant, while also spending time out west serving as head strength and conditioning coach for the UFL’s Sacramento Lions.