The University of Colorado filled the void on its strength and conditioning staff Tuesday by announcing the hiring of Karim Derqaoui.

The addition completes a shuffling of the strength and conditioning staff when James Hardy, primarily the men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach, left CU in March to take a job with the New England Patriots. His position was filled by Steve Englehart, who already was on CU staff, and Derqaoui will assume Englehart’s former role working with the Buffs’ soccer, tennis, and track and field programs.

In a huge perk for CU soccer coach Danny Sanchez and his squad, Derqaoui boasts a wealth of soccer experience at the professional and international levels, including a stint with PFC Litex, a first-division club in Bulgaria, as the team’s athletic performance coach. Derqaoui also spent time with two MLS clubs, the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas.

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