FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head football coach Chad Morris announced Wednesday the addition of Rhett Brooks, Chad Cain, Marc Soltis and Lance Yancy to complete the Razorbacks’ strength and conditioning staff.
Under the direction of Trumain Carroll, who Tuesday was announced as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach, Brooks will serve as associate strength and conditioning coach, while the trio of Cain, Soltis and Yancy will be assistant strength and conditioning coaches.
“We’re excited to have this strength staff and conditioning staff and their experience here at the University of Arkansas,” Morris said. “Our strength and conditioning staff and its vision is vital to the success of our program and the betterment of our student athletes. As a complete strength and conditioning staff, we do a great job of emphasizing strength, speed, quickness and recovery, and that’s been a direct reflection of our success.”
Brooks, a native of Maryville, Tennessee, spent the last three seasons at SMU as a strength coach after three seasons at Clemson (2012-14).
In 2014, Brooks served as an offensive player development assistant, and in his three seasons at Clemson, the Tigers went 31-7 with two top-10 national finishes.
Brooks, the son of former Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks, also spent two years as a graduate assistant at UNLV, where he worked with the defense.
Brooks played at Murray State, where he was a center from 2005-08 and earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 2009.
Soltis was a member of SMU’s strength and conditioning staff from 2013-17, working with the football program each of the last three seasons.
During his tenure with the Mustangs, he also trained the women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s swimming and diving and men’s soccer programs.
Prior to his arrival in Dallas, Soltis served as graduate assistant strength coach at Marshall University, working primarily with men’s and women’s basketball as well as servicing several other Olympic sports. Before his time at Marshall, he interned at Baylor.
Soltis received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University after playing football for the Cyclones. He received another bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health from Iowa State in 2012. He went on to earn his master’s degree in exercise physiology from Marshall University in 2017.
Soltis is certified by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Weightlifting, Yoga Alliance, and the American Heart Association.
Cain comes to Fayetteville from Tulsa, where he served as assistant director of athletic performance since January 2015.
Prior to Tulsa, Cain spent two years at Baylor as an assistant athletic performance intern, assisting with football, softball, and men’s tennis. He also assisted in the nutrition and applied performance departments.
Cain earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 2010 and his master’s of science in nutritional sciences from South Carolina State University in 2012.
Cain is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and USA Weightlifting (USAW) certified through the Olympic Weightlifting Committee.
Yancy also joins the Razorbacks from SMU, where he served as a strength and conditioning coach for the football, soccer and equestrian programs. While working with the men’s soccer team, the Mustangs won American Athletic Conference regular-season and conference tournament titles and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his time in Dallas, he worked as a graduate assistant and interned at his alma mater Texas A&M in 2016.
Yancy is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, USA Weightlifting (USAW) certified through the Olympic Weightlifting Committee and CPR/AED/First Aid Certified through the American Heart Association.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2015 and then his master’s degree in kinesiology in 2016 from Texas A&M.