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    Northwestern Welcomes Jay Hooten to Strength Staff

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Jay Hooten is the newest member of the Wildcats' strength and conditioning staff.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Jay Hooten is the newest member of the Wildcats' strength and conditioning staff.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 19, 2009

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern Director of Strength and Conditioning Larry Lilja announced today (Jan. 19) the hiring of Jay Hooten as an assistant director of strength and conditioning. Hooten's main responsibilities will be with the Wildcats' wrestling, baseball and men's soccer teams. He also will assist with Northwestern's football program.

    An Ohio native, Hooten spent six years as a sports performance assistant for football at Ohio State, where he assisted with the strength and conditioning program for the three-time Big Ten and 2002 national champion Buckeyes. After leaving Ohio State, Hooten spent a year as the Director of Sports Performance at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, before taking over as the owner and director of Fast-Twitch Performance Enhancement in Dayton.

    Hooten is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and also is a certified specialist with the National Association of Speed and Explosion.

    A 2007 graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, Hooten he earned his bachelor's degree in health and sport science. He graduated from Northridge High School in Dayton where he was teammates with current NU assistant coach Matt MacPherson and director of operations Nolan Jones.

    "Jeremy be a great addition to us here at Northwestern," Lilja said. "He brings with him six years of experience at a successful Division I program. He's got great credentials, has very high energy and is a great motivator."

    Hooten replaces six-year NU veteran Nick Zostautas, who now is the head strength and conditioning coach at Illinois-Chicago.