After three stints at Auburn, including the past eight seasons, former strength coach Ryan Russell is heading west to an SEC East program.’s Matt Zenitz reports that Russell will be joining the Missouri football staff. Zenitz’s report does not specify what role Russell will have on Eliah Drinkwitz’s staff. MU football already has a strength coach.

Russell and Drinkwitz have a prior history of working together at Auburn and Arkansas State over a period from 2010-12.

Russell first came to Auburn as a graduate assistant in 2005, earning his master’s degree from AU in 2006.

After a stop at Boise State from 2007-09 as an associate strength and condition coach, Russell returned to The Plains. From 2010-11, Russell was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at AU, working with the Tigers football program under coach Gene Chizik. His online bio also notes he was also football’s director of sports nutrition.

Russell and Drinkwitz followed Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State in 2012. Russell returned to Auburn with Malzahn in 2013 as the program’s head of strength and conditioning.