Kim Sword was named head strength and conditioning coach at UCLA on February 11, 2002. He replaced Mike Linn, who after nine years with the program, decided to relocate to the Midwest for family reasons.
Sword came to UCLA from San Jose State University, where he had been head strength and conditioning coordinator since 1999. Prior to that, he spent five years at Utah State University, where he served as assistant strength coach for two years before being elevated to the head position in 1996.
In 1993, Sword received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. He completed his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Utah State in 1995
“After conducting a national search, we have determined that Kim Sword possesses all of the qualities we are looking for in a head strength and conditioning coach,” said UCLA Associate Athletics Director Glenn Toth. “We believe Kim Sword can maintain UCLA’s level of excellence as one of the top strength programs in the country.”
In addition to his work at various universities, Sword has done extensive research in the area of exercise science and has done numerous speaking engagements on the topic. Portions of his Master’s thesis, Correlating Vertical Jumps Performance with the Back Squat and Power Clean, were utilized in three separate publications.
The new Bruin coach played offensive line at Missouri Western State, earning All-Conference and honorable mention All-America acclaim as a senior.
While at San Jose State, Sword designed and helped raise the funds for a new strength and rehabilitation center. Sword is both C.S.C.C and N.S.C.A certified.
PERSONAL — Education: Bachelor’s of Science from Missouri Western State, 1993, Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Utah State, 1995; At UCLA: First year (joined staff in February, 2002); Born: August 2, 1971; Family: Wife, Annica.