In his fourth season at Tulane, Curtis Tsuruda begins his third year as director of strength and conditioning for the entire athletics program. After one year as assistant strength & conditioning coach for the Green Wave, he has spent the last three years supervising the strength and conditioning efforts for all Tulane student-athletes while leading a staff of four.
Prior to coming to Tulane in 2001, Tsuruda held a similar position at LSU from 1998-2001 where he worked with the Tigers' nationally-ranked football, basketball and baseball programs.
Tsuruda also spent five years in the strength and conditioning department at his alma mater, Hawaii. He was the assistant strength coordinator there from 1992-94 and then moved up to lead the department from 1995-97. He served as a graduate assistant strength coach at Mississippi State in 1991-92.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Tsuruda was a teacher and coach at Hawaii Baptist Academy from 1982-88. He earned his master's degree from Louisiana-Monroe in 1989. In 2004, Tsuruda became one of just 43 strength coaches in the country to be named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting.
A native of Hawaii, he and his wife, the former Angela Forbus, have one daughter, Ellie (4).