From Langara to the NFL.
Arthur Tolhurst, Human Kinetics Alumnus
Sports were always Arthur’s passion, and football a defining force in his life.
“I had always wanted to be in the NFL (National Football League) as a kid. It's the top level for football. It has been a lifelong dream and I'm very fortunate to be here. It wasn't easy to get here and it is even harder to stay here. NFL typically stands for "Not For Long".”
After spending a year at Langara, Arthur transferred to the University of British Columbia (UBC), embarking on a journey that led him to become a Strength and Conditioning Assistant with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.
“I really liked sports and the science of movement. Human Kinetics (Kinesiology) was a way to incorporate both. I was able to relate a lot of my coursework to the sports I participated in. I use the knowledge I learned at Langara everyday from general anatomy to different coaching principles.”
After UBC Arthur had a variety of opportunities in Europe and North America. He played football in Hamburg, Germany and then came back home to play with the BC Lions. From there he transitioned to a coaching role in Vienna, Austria, followed by a Graduate Assistant role in the Strength and Conditioning Department with the University of Oregon.
Arthur completed his Master of Science in Educational Leadership, and landed a job as Assistant Strength Coach at the University of California in Berkeley.
Networking played a large role in building connections in the industry, which brought him back to the University of Oregon, from where he was invited to be a Guest Coach with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, which led him to his current job with them as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant.
“This experience has been nothing short of amazing. I work with quarterbacks and specialists (kickers and punters). There are long hours, high expectations, and high stress that come along with the job, but I get to be around football everyday. I work alongside some great coaches and players that make this job great. I'm excited to help turn this program around. Hue Jackson is a great leader.
“My goal is to be a Head Strength Coach or Performance Director in the NFL. I'm taking advantage of every minute working with the Browns and gaining invaluable experience and contacts in the league.”
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Posted on: August 1, 2017