Vikings promote Ficken to special teams coordinator; hire new strength and conditioning coach

The Minnesota Vikings have promoted assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken to special teams coordinator and hired former Philadelphia Eagles strength and conditioning coach Andy Hingst as head strength and conditioning coach.

Ficken is the longest tenured coach on the Vikings staff and is entering his 15th season with the organization. Ficken has been the an assistant special teams coach since 2013, before that he served as an assistant wide recievers coach and an assistant running backs coach. He played as a wide reciever as Arizona State University for two years before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UCLA in 2004.

Hingst, who is a registered dietician and strength and conditioning specialist has spent the past eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as their strength and conditioning coach. Prior to his time with the Eagles, Hingst served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, directed sports nutrition at the University of Nebraska and was the Atlanta Falcons team nutritionist.