One of the most important aspects of any successful athletic department is the strength and conditioning of its student-athletes. When Florida State officials were faced with their first opening in the position of Director of Strength and Conditioning in 18 years during the winter of 2000, the position was considered of the utmost importance. After a national search Jon Jost was named to the position on February 9, 2001 marking a new era in the training and conditioning of Florida State athletes.
Jost, who came to FSU from Southern Methodist University, is now firmly established at FSU and his impact has been tremendous throughout the entire athletics program at FSU. Since Jost’s arrival in Tallahassee, FSU athletics has improved in the Sears Directors Cup from 46th in 2000 to 15th in 2008 and 2009. He was elevated to the title of Master Strength and Conditioning coach in 2003, placing him among the top echelon in his field.
Jost and his staff now work in the Roger Holler Champions Training Complex, which was the first portion of the new Moore Athletics Building to be completed. The 20,000 square foot area features 24 powerlifting stations, 12 Olympic lifting platforms, aerobic and cardio machines along with over 20,000 pounds of free weight. Jost supervises a staff of six full-time assistants and a graduate assistant.
Jost’s Seminole Strength and Speed program is designed to improve athletic performance through individualized workouts each addressing: strength, speed, power, acceleration, agility, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition. The goal of the program is to maximize the on-field performance of each athlete, while reducing the risk of injury. The motto “Where The Elite Become Champions” is emblazoned on one wall of the facility.
Jost, 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 (five in a full-time capacity) and earned Certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA. During that time, Jost worked closely with Boyd Epley, the Nebraska Director of Athletic Performance and founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
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.