Todd Wright begins his 14th season as the strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball program at The University of Texas. The 41-year-old Wright, who enters his 18th year of association with Rick Barnes, is widely recognized as one of the elite coaches nationally in his field. Wright has played valuable roles in both the team’s and individual players successes. Texas has had 16 players drafted in the 13 years under Wright, including 10 first-round selections and six lottery picks. Wright is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and also is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. In the fall of 1997, he wrote a strength and conditioning chapter for basketball in the book, “Basketball for Dummies.” He has served as a facilitator for Gray Institute for Functional Transformation. Wright also is a well-respected speaker in the field of strength and conditioning, speaking across the country . A native of Peabody, Mass., Wright earned his bachelor’s of science degree in health and fitness from Springfield College in 1993.