Kyle Speer, head strength and conditioning coach for Sam Houston State University, is the featured columnist in the "Strength Report" section of the July 2012 edition American Football Monthly magazine.

In the article, Speer outlines the Bearkats' strength and conditioning program that helped Sam Houston State roll up a 14-1 record, win the Southland Conference championship, earn the No. 1 ranking and reach the NCAA Division I National Championship football game in 2011.

The column is titled "Seven Phases - Sam Houston State's Strength and Conditioning Program."

Speer has served as head strength and conditioning coach for the Bearkats since 2003. He has been honored by American Football Magazine for the Bearkat strength and conditioning program's part in preparing the more than 400 student-athletes who compete in 17 sports at Sam Houston State University for competition.

"The goal for our strength and conditioning program is to improve each player's athleticism using a variety of different training methods," the article begins. "Our approach is to implement a simple and effective, yet sound program - a program that relies on hard work, focus and determination as it main ingredients for success."

Since 2003, Sam Houston has won three Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup All-Sports titles, 14 Southland Conference regular season championships, six league post-season tournament titles and made 10 NCAA national playoff appearances.

"To have a member of our coaching staff have the opportunity to have an article featured in a major national coaching publication is a honor for our staff and brings continued recognition to the Bearkat athletic program," SHSU director of athletics Bobby Williams said.