|Position:||Strength & Conditioning Coach|
Darric Honnold enters his fifth season as men’s basketball strength & conditioning coach at Clemson in 2015-16. Honnold joined the Tiger staff after a nine-year stint as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at the University of Kansas. He has had a positive impact on the Tiger basketball program in his four seasons.
Honnold helped train a group of players that achieved a 23-13 overall record in 2013-14, a 10-win improvement over the previous season. He played a big part in K.J. McDaniels’ progression from role player as a freshman to first-team All-ACC and a physically different player as a junior in 2013-14.
In 2012-13, Honnold was part of a staff that saw a young group of Tigers finish among the nation’s top 35 in scoring defense. He was instrumental in the offseason development of post player Devin Booker, who was named third-team All-ACC in 2012-13 after leading Clemson in scoring and rebounding as a senior.
In his first season with the Tigers, Honnold saw the program finish with a 16-15 overall record, including an 8-8 mark in the regular season of the ACC. It was a school-record fifth consecutive ACC record at .500 or better. The Tigers earned three wins over eventual NCAA Tournament participants, including 2012 Sweet 16 bound NC State.
During his time at Kansas, Honnold was directly responsible for the strength & conditioning efforts for baseball. He also worked with the women’s basketball team from 2002-04, during which time he assisted with the men’s program as well.
Honnold served as interim men’s strength & conditioning coach in 2004 for several months, and continued to train former Kansas players in NBA during their summer offseasons.
Honnold also worked with swimming & diving and track & field, helping numerous All-American student-athletes that went on to professional careers, including some that competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Prior to his tenure with KU, Honnold worked at Division II Winona State University in Minnesota as a graduate assistant strength & conditioning coach from 2000-02. He assisted with the creation and development of the school’s first wellness center and strength & conditioning program.
At Winona State, he also helped implement training programs for football, men’s basketball and women’s soccer, which combined to win multiple Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships in his two years at the school.
Honnold was a volunteer strength & conditioning coach at his alma mater, Iowa State University, from 1997-2000. He assisted with the implementation of training regimens for multiple sports, including the Cyclone men’s and women’s basketball teams which both won the Big XII Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight and Sweet 16, respectively, in the NCAA Tournament.
Honnold is a registered coach with distinction through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and a sport performance and club coach through USA Weightlifting, and is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is a Level I coach through the Poliquin International Certification Program as well.
He earned an undergraduate degree in exercise science from Iowa State in 2000. In 2002, he received a master’s degree in educational leadership at Winona State.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he and his wife, Candice, have four boys – Dominic, Cael, Caden and Luigi.