Another week, another member of the Washington State Cougars football coaching staff is leaving for greener pastures. This time, it’s head strength coach Jason Loscalzo who is heading to the shores of Lake Michigan to take the same job with the Chicago Bears. The news was first reported by FootballScoop.com.
Loscalzo had been with WSU since Mike Leach was hired six seasons ago. His talents in weight room were evident, with more than a few players developing into absolute beasts under his supervision — Deone Bucannon perhaps most notable among them. To say he’ll be missed when it comes to developing players is quite an understatement.
His departure for Soldier Field marks the fifth coaching defection from Washington State this offseason with Alex Grinch (co-defensive coordinator with Ohio State Buckeyes), Roy Manning (special teams coordinator with UCLA Bruins), Clay McGuire (co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach with Texas Tech Red Raiders) and Jim Mastro (running backs coach with Oregon Ducks) all having left in the last month and a half.
That much coaching turn over in one offseason for a team losing lots of experience on both sides of the ball isn’t exactly a recipe for success. It was already looking like a tall task for WSU to reach bowl eligibility in 2018; it’s now Jack and his beanstalk levels of tall.