Alex Derenthal joined the Georgia State program as assistant strength coach in 2019, coming to the Panthers after two seasons at Georgia Tech.
Before returning to Georgia Tech in 2017, Derenthal, a former team captain for the Temple football team, spent four years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., where he oversaw all aspects of strength and conditioning for the school’s 21 varsity sports. With Derenthal at the helm of its strength training, Reinhardt football won the 2016 Mid-South Conference, advanced to the NAIA national semifinals and was ranked No. 3 in the final NAIA poll. The Eagles also earned a playoff berth and top-10 national ranking in 2015 and produced 44 all-conference players and two all-Americans in four seasons.
In his first stint at Georgia Tech (2011-13), Derenthal worked with the football, baseball, softball, swimming and diving and track and field programs.
Before getting into the player development field, Derenthal served as a football extern at Temple under head coach Al Golden.
Derenthal was a four-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman at Temple (2004-08). He signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants in 2009. Following his time with the Giants, he worked as a personal trainer before returning to college athletics at his alma mater.
He graduated from Temple in 2008 with a B.S. in kinesiology and earned a M.S. in exercise science from California (Pa.) in 2012.