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Redskins Hire Two Assistant Strength Coaches


The Redskins announced on Feb. 26 that they have hired Malcolm Blacken and Chad Englehart as assistant strength and conditioning coaches.

Blacken spent the last nine years as the Detroit's strength and conditioning coach.

Prior to joining the Lions in 2001, Blacken served as strength and conditioning assistant for the Redskins for five seasons (1996-2000).

Before his stint in Washington, Blacken was a strength assistant coach for the University of Virginia's football program in 1995 and worked with all other sports in the Cavaliers' athletic department as well.

For three years (1992-94), Blacken served as the head strength and conditioning coach for George Mason University, where he oversaw the program for all of the university's varsity sports.

Blacken began his coaching career at the University of South Carolina in 1990-91 as the football program's assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Blacken graduated from Virginia Tech in 1989 with Bachelor's degrees in art and physical education. He was a Hokies' running back from 1984-88 and was a four-time letter winner. Twice, in 1987 and '88, he won the Super Iron Hokie Award that is given yearly to the football program's strongest player.

Englehart spent the 2009 season as the head strength and conditioning coach with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.

He served under Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who was the team's head coach.

The Tuskers finished with a perfect 6-0 before losing in the UFL's inaugural championship game.

Prior to joining the Tuskers, Englehart served as the director of strength and conditioning of X-Cel Sports Performance in Louisiana in 2008 and he was the head strength and conditioning coach at HS2 Athletic Performance in Manderville, La., in 2007.

Englehart also served as the head strength and conditioning coach at University of New Orleans in 2006.

He is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University where he received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science.

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