ATHENS - The Alabama imprint on the Georgia football program continues.
Mark Hocke, who had been the associate strength coach at Alabama, has been put in charge of Georgia's strength and conditioning program. Hocke replaces Joe Tereshinski, who is leaving the job at the end of the Belk Bowl on Dec. 30.
Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who was at Alabama from 2007-2012, was likely instrumental in recommending Hocke, who has been in Tuscaloosa for the past six years. Hocke served under nationally-respected strength coach Scott Cochran. Alabama's strength and conditioning program has been credited by head coach Nick Saban often for aiding in the team's three SEC championships and three national championships.
"Mark received some outstanding recommendations from those in the industry and is known for his high energy, ability to motivate and relate to his athletes, as well as develop them mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially," head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "We'll introduce Mark to our team in Charlotte on Wednesday and give him the opportunity to get to know our team throughout bowl week. This will allow him to be better prepared as we begin our training program in January."
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Prior to Alabama, Hocke spent five seasons at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he was the strength coach and an assistant football coach.
Besides Pruitt, the Bulldogs also have Alabama grad Will Friend, the team's offensive line coach since 2011, Kevin Sherrer, the outside linebackers coach and also a former Alabama assistant, and several support staff members.