UConn men's basketball sports performance director departs

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The UConn men’s basketball team is once again on the hunt for someone to lead their strength and conditioning training. Mike Rehfeldt has decided to return to Cincinnati after just one season in Storrs.

Rehfeldt spent eight years as Cincinnati’s strength coach and helped the Bearcats make an NCAA Tournament appearance in every season under longtime coach Mick Cronin. After a season under new coach John Brannen, Rehfeldt left Cincinnati and joined UConn in July 2020. He spent this past season as the Huskies’ director of sports performance for men’s basketball.

Brannen was fired last month, and Rehfeldt will now return to Cincinnati under new coach Wes Miller, school officials confirmed Friday night.

“We just added the best Performance Coach in the country to our team,” Miller said on his Twitter page on Friday evening.

Rehfeldt had replaced Sal Alosi, who worked two seasons under coach Dan Hurley. Alosi, who spent several years in strength and conditioning coaching in the NFL, mutually parted ways with UConn after the 2019-20 season.

Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley works the bench in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley works the bench in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Rehfeldt is the second member of the men’s basketball staff to leave after just one season. Kevin Freeman left his position as assistant coach a couple of weeks ago to take a different job with the university as the leader of UConn’s National C Club, which aims to build relationships between former and current UConn student-athletes through networking, mentoring and professional experience opportunities.

UConn is still in the process of finding Freeman’s replacement. Now the Huskies will have to find a new strength and conditioning coach, as well. Again.