Jost to head strength and conditioning for FSU.
Feb. 9, 2001
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State University announced the hiring of Jon Jost as Director of Strength and Conditioning on Friday. Jost comes to FSU from Southern Methodist University where he served in the same capacity for the past fives season. He replaces Dave Van Halanger who had held the position at Florida State for 18 years before leaving for a position at the Univeristy of Georgia in January.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to become a part of Florida State University,” said Jost. “It is a dream come true job for me. To get the opportunity to work with so many people who pursue excellence. I am extremely proud to be a part of the FSU program. I have been able to see first hand why the Seminole’s program excels so much and that is the outstanding people throughout the athletic department.”
Jost, 33, came to SMU in 1996 via the College of Holy Cross where he was the head strength and conditioning coach for two years. He started his career as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Nebraska where he served as an assistant for seven years and earned certification as a strength and conditioning specialist. During that time, Jost worked closely with Boyd Epley, the Nebraska Director of Athletic Performance and chair of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s College Strength Coaches Committee.
“We are very excited to attract a person with the experience and ability that Jon brings with him,” said FSU Associate Athletic Director Andy Urbanic. “He has had the opportunity to head up the strength and conditioning programs for all sports both at SMU and Holy Cross. In addition, he has the background and training from Nebraska, which is the benchmark in strength circles. We were looking for someone with the organizational skills to coordinate all our sports programs and his background brings these credentials.”
Jost earned a master’s degree in education administration with an emphasis in post-secondary education and athletic administration from Nebraska in 1994, and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in strength and conditioning from Nebraska in 1990. Jost is
married to Marianella Baez.