Associate head strength and conditioning coach Lorenzo Guess, a former Michigan State safety, is in his ninth year on staff at MSU.
Guess was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) in May 2020, the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.
Guess is also a certified strength and conditioning coach (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a level one sports performance coach.
In addition, Guess serves as the Director of Player Enrichment, which includes coordinating and supervising the “Overtime” player development program. Since 2012, Guess has worked closely with Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Engagement Elliott Daniels in directing all aspects of player development programming for football.
A former Spartan safety, Guess returned to East Lansing in 2012 to work with former longtime MSU head strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie and head football coach Mark Dantonio for eight seasons (2012-19). Guess has 15 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level.
Since Guess’ arrival as a full-time staff member, the Spartans have won two Big Ten Championships (2013, 2015) and played in seven bowl games, including three BCS/New Year’s Six bowls (2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2015 CFP Semifinal at Cotton Bowl).
A native of Wayne, Michigan, Guess spent two seasons (2010-11) as an assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame while working with head coach Brian Kelly. 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.
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 football 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, who played in 45 career games and recorded 111 tackles, 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 in rushing defense, and during the 2000 season, MSU led the conference in both total defense and pass defense.
Guess is currently finishing his doctoral program with the United States Sports Academy. His research involves methods on how to successfully develop student-athletes holistically on and off the field of competition.