Two to Strength Staff

Manny Ashamu, Demetrius Kemp added to Vandy strength staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt head football coach Clark Lea announced the additions of Manny Ashamu and Demetrius Kemp to the strength and conditioning staff on Wednesday. Ashamu will serve as the assistant director of strength and conditioning, while Kemp will be an assistant strength coach.

Ashamu was most recently a strength and conditioning coach in the tactical field for the U.S. Army. He has extensive experience in collegiate athletics with his last stop before the Army as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Virginia football. A four-year letter winner (2000-01-02-03) as an offensive lineman for the Amherst football team, Ashamu then worked for Amherst as the strength and conditioning director from 2006-08. In 2005 he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Howard, helping with the football, swimming, basketball and lacrosse teams.

Kemp is a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He was a four-year letterman (2015-18) at Wake Forest, playing in 46 career games, collecting 160 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, three interceptions, six caused fumbles, two recovered and six pass breakups.

The two will be under Brandon Hourigan, the director of football strength and conditioning.