Anthony Schlegel is in his third full year with the Ohio State football strength and conditioning program. The former Buckeye linebacker joined the Ohio State staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in January, 2011, and he was asked to continue as an assistant strength coach by Ohio State assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti.
A two-year letterman with the Buckeyes (2004-05), Schlegel earned all-Big Ten honors for the Fiesta Bowl and Big Ten champions and played in the East-West Shrine all-star game. Playing middle linebacker with A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter on either side of him, Schlegel recorded 166 tackles in his two seasons with the Buckeyes, ranking third on the team with 84 as a junior and second with 82 as a senior.
Schlegel began his college career at the United States Air Force Academy, where he was a freshman All-American in 2001 and earned all-Mountain West recognition as a sophomore captain in 2002.
Drafted by the New York Jets in the third round (No. 76 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, Schlegel played for the Jets and later became a starter during the 2007 season for the Cincinnati Bengals. He also did a stint with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.
Schlegel started his own strength training business, Schlegel's Hardcore Elite Training, in Texas prior to coming back to Ohio State in 2011 as a strength coach.
Schlegel was born in Iowa but grew up in Highland Park, Texas. He was a high school state wrestling champion and a junior national champion, as well as a Class 4A all-state linebacker. He set world dead-lift age group records (U19) twice in power lifting.
An avid outdoorsman, he and his wife, Stephanie, have a son, Hunter, a daughter, Faith, and a son, Samuel.