Texas strength coach Cory Schlesinger returning to NBA

Rodney Terry's S&C coach is leaving the program after one season.
Cory Schlesinger
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Horns247's Eric Henry reported on June 7 that Texas basketball assistant coach and director of basketball health and performance Cory Schlesinger has left the program to return to the NBA. Schlesinger spent one season at Texas after spending nearly a half decade in the pros.

Texas basketball strength coach Cory Schlesinger is reportedly going back to the NBA for the upcoming season

An On Texas Football report on June 7 notes that Schlesinger is "expected to take the same position with the Detroit Pistons" this year.

Before arriving in Austin last year, Schlesinger spent four years as the Phoenix Suns director of performance and head strength and conditioning coach (2019-2023). Schlesinger worked with NBA stars like former Longhorn great Kevin Durant and All-Star shooting guard Devin Booker in his four years with the Suns.

Schlesinger spent three years as the Stanford Cardinal (2016-19) sports performance coach before taking his position with the Suns. The Hillsville, VA, native and Berea College alum has also held sports training and performance roles with the UAB Blazers, Santa Clara, Campbell, Wake Forest, and North Carolina in the last two decades.

In Schlesinger's one season on the Forty Acres in 2023-24, Texas finished with a 21-13 (9-9 Big 12) record. Texas made it to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row during the 2024 postseason after defeating the 10-seed Colorado State Rams by double digits in the Round of 64.

Texas nearly upset the two-seed Tennessee Volunteers and former Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in 2024.

The upcoming 2024-25 inaugural season in the SEC will be head coach Rodney Terry's second year as the full-time head coach on the 40. Since taking over as the interim head coach during the 2022-23 season, Terry has put up a record of 43-21 (.672 winning percentage) at Texas.

Terry has led the Longhorns to four NCAA Tournament wins, an Elite Eight appearance, and a Big 12 Tournament crown last year as the head coach in the last two seasons.

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