One of the most important aspects of any successful athletic department is the strength and conditioning of its student-athletes. When Florida State was faced with their first opening in the position of Director of Strength and Conditioning in 18 years last spring, 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, took over for Dave Van Halanger who had held the position for the previous 18 years before leaving to join mark Richt’s staff at the University of Georgia.
Jost, 34, 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 (2 years Student Assistant, 5 years full time assistant) and earned certification as a strength and conditioning specialist. During that time, Jost worked closely with , 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 I exercise science with an emphasis in strength and conditioning from Nebraska in 1990. Jost is married to Marianella Baez.
Jost worked extremely hard his first year to develop staff of experts dedicated to improving athletic performance. He and his staff of five full time assistance strength coaches and four graduate assistance strength coaches are committed to providing the best athletic performance enhancing program in the nation to FSU athletes. Jost and his staff implement a comprehensive strength and conditioning program designed to reduce the risk of injury and to train the complete athlete. Each program is tailored to each individual athlete and addresses agility, endurance, flexibility, power, speed and strength. The goal of the program is to maximize the on-field performance of each athlete, while reducing the risk of injury. Jost has also been busy with the design of the new Strength & Conditioning Complex that will be complete in 2003.