Jan. 12, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Jacob Flint and Lorenzo Guess, two members of the University of Cincinnati football program in 2009, have joined the University of Notre Dame as assistant directors of strength and conditioning, Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday.
Flint served the 2009 season as an assistant strength coach with the Bearcats, while Guess was the tight ends coach for the 2009 BIG EAST Conference champions.
Flint had been a member of Cincinnati’s strength and conditioning staff since 2007, helping the Bearcats to a 33-6 record during that time. He played for Kelly at Central Michigan as a walk-on and was rewarded for his dedication to the football program with a scholarship.
Following his graduation, Flint worked as a staff assistant at Central Michigan, serving primarily in the weight room and assisting the development of the running backs.
Flint competes in the 85-kilogram weight class in USA weightlifting and qualified for nationals in 2009. He is currently ranked 25th in the nation in his weight class.
Born Oct. 19, 1982, Flint is a native of Shepherd, Mich. He was a four-sport letterwinner at Shepherd High School and was twice named an all-league running back. Flint graduated with honors from Central Michigan in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He is married to the former Katie Schafer.
Guess coached the Cincinnati tight ends in 2009 and helped Ben Guidugli earn second-team all-BIG EAST Conference honors. Guidugli ranked fourth on the team with 27 receptions and totaled 364 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to Cincinnati, Guess worked on the strength and conditioning staffs at South Florida (2009), Alcorn State (2008), Kentucky State (2007), Cincinnati (2006) and Tiffin (2005).
At USF, Guess served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and worked with the men’s basketball team. In 2008, Guess was the head strength and conditioning coach at Alcorn State.
In 2007, Guess coached the secondary coach at Kentucky State and doubled as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. He held the same positions in 2005 at Tiffin.
Guess first worked with head strength coach Paul Longo and Kelly in 2006 as a staff assistant for Cincinnati’s strength and conditioning staff, focusing on the football team.
Guess earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in 2002. He graduated from Tiffin University in 2007 with a master of business administration degree.
While at Michigan State, Guess was a four-year letterman in football and also earned two letters with the Spartans’ basketball team. He was part of two Big Ten titles and an NCAA Final Four appearance (1999) with the basketball team. As a defensive back, Guess helped Michigan State defeat Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl.
Guess was an academic all-Big Ten selection in 1998. He was a major component of the 1999 defense that ranked number one in the Big Ten and seventh nationally under head coach Nick Saban. During the 2000 and 2001 seasons, his defensive units led the Big Ten in pass defense and were among the nation’s top 10 in those categories.
Born Sept. 16, 1978, Guess attended Memorial High School in Wayne, Mich. He is married to the former Bianca Williams.