Former Michigan State safety Lorenzo Guess Named Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Former Spartan safety has seven years of collegiate coaching experience.


EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State safety Lorenzo Guess has been named an assistant strength and conditioning coach, sixth-year head football coach Mark Dantonio announced on Wednesday, June 6.

Guess, who previously worked with Dantonio at Cincinnati as a staff assistant in 2006, has seven years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level. Dantonio also served as Guess’ position coach for three seasons in East Lansing (1998-2000).

A native of Wayne, Mich., Guess spent the last two seasons (2010-11) as an assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame while working with head coach Brian Kelly.

“We’re very excited about Lorenzo Guess coming back to Michigan State,” Dantonio said. “A member of our 1997 recruiting class, he was the state’s best all-around athlete, coming out of Wayne Memorial. Lorenzo was a two-sport athlete at Michigan State. I had the opportunity to work with him every day as his position coach and later as one of my graduate assistants (at Cincinnati). He also played for Tom Izzo on some outstanding MSU basketball teams. I remember he closed out his college career with a huge game (career-best 12 tackles) against Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl.

“As a coach, Lorenzo has been associated with winning programs, at Cincinnati, South Florida and Notre Dame. He’s really a proven commodity. Lorenzo has a tremendous work ethic, and he brings a working knowledge of Ken Mannie’s training program, having been through it himself as a player. In addition, he’s an ideal role model for our student-athletes because he’s already walked in their footsteps.

“When creating this new position, we immediately targeted Lorenzo as a potential candidate. We’re thrilled to have him along with his wife Bianca and daughter Nadia back on campus. He’s an outstanding addition to our program.”

“Lorenzo has made a rapid ascent in the strength and conditioning field, and getting him back to Michigan State on our staff is a tremendous opportunity for us,” MSU head strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie said. “He was an outstanding two-sport student-athlete with a great work ethic during his years at MSU, and he has a valuable familiarity with our training system. Lorenzo is a Spartan, and we are excited to have him and his family back here with us.”

Guess also worked with Kelly for one season at Cincinnati as a tight ends coach, helping the Bearcats to a 12-1 record in 2009 and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl following UC’s second straight BIG EAST Championship. Guess mentored Ben Guidugli, who earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors after ranking fourth on the team with 27 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns.

Prior to coaching at Cincinnati, Guess worked on the strength and conditioning staffs at South Florida (2009), Alcorn State (2008), Kentucky State (2007), Cincinnati (2006) and Tiffin (2005).

Guess served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Florida while working with the men’s basketball team for one season, and was the head strength and conditioning coach at Alcorn State.

In 2007, Guess was 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 earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State in 2002 and graduated from Tiffin University in 2007 with a master’s degree in business administration. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1998.

While at Michigan State, Guess was a four-year letterwinner in football (1998-2001) and also earned two letters with the basketball team. As a safety, Guess helped Michigan State defeat Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl. He was part of two Big Ten titles and an NCAA Final Four appearance (1999) with the Spartan basketball team.

Guess played in 45 career games and recorded 111 tackles, including 4.0 for loss (21 yards) and 3.0 sacks (18 yards), to go along with five interceptions (72 yards) and 14 passes defended.

Guess tallied a career-high 47 tackles, six pass break-ups and four interceptions as a senior in 2001. In 1999, Guess was one of the components on a defense that ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten, and during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, MSU led the Big Ten in pass defense.

“It’s awesome to be returning home to Michigan State,” Guess said. “I’ve known Coach Dantonio since he began recruiting me in 1996. He was my position coach at Michigan State, and later, I had an opportunity to work for him at Cincinnati. So my relationship with Coach D certainly played a major role in my decision to return to my alma mater.

“It’s an exciting time to be associated with the Spartan football program. Coach D, his coaching staff and the players have done a great job in bringing the program back to a position of national prominence. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to work with the coaching staff and student-athletes. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Born Sept. 16, 1978, Guess attended Wayne (Mich.) Memorial High School. He is married to the former Bianca Williams. The couple has one daughter, Nadia.