Charlie Rimkus of men's swimming, Alicia Gurrieri of women's fencing earn honor
Jason Pullara is in his 10th season at Northwestern and his second as Assistant Athletic Director (Sports Performance). He was elevated to the position in July of 2011 after eight years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at NU. Pullara oversees the sports performance program for 18 of Northwestern's 19 sports while providing vision and direction for his department and working closely with Jay Hooten, NU's Director of Sports Performance for Football.
Pullara is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He also is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor Level One through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).
Prior to his elevation to Director of Sports Performance, Pullara worked directly with seven total programs during his tenure as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He has coached and helped develop numerous All-Conference and All-America selections including multiple Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Trophy winners.
Pullara has served as the sports performance coach for the Northwestern women's lacrosse team during all seven of its NCAA championships from 2005-12. The Northwestern softball team earned NCAA tournament bids in seven of Jason's seasons with the program, finishing among the top 16 teams in the country in 2005 and 2008 while placing second at the Women's College World Series in 2006 and third in 2007.
Pullara previously interned with the Wildcats from 2001-02 before earning a full-time position.
Pullara hails from Joliet, Ill., and currently resides in Chicago with his wife Erin (Furman). He graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in exercise & fitness and a minor in psychology. He earned a master's degree in sports administration from Northwestern in 2011.
As a college athlete he captained the Purdue rugby team for two years, and was voted the Most Valuable Freshmen and Most Valuable Player for three years. Jason was a three time All-Conference selection and two time Midwest regional team selection.