JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - Jeff Pitman, a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) who has previous experience at Western Carolina, Colorado, Boise State, San Jose State and Montana State dating back to 1995, has been named Arkansas State's Director of Strength and Conditioning as announced by head football coach Bryan Harsin on Wednesday.
Pitman comes to A-State after spending the last three seasons at Western Carolina, where he served as the Catamounts' Strength and Conditioning Coordinator since January 2010. He spent the previous five years as the director of speed-strength and conditioning at Colorado, but also worked closely with Harsin on the Boise State coaching staff for seven years from 2000-06.
"I had an opportunity to work with Coach Pitman at Boise State, and I was thoroughly impressed with his training program and how he communicated with the staff and players," said Harsin. "He will be a great addition to our program, and his extensive experience will help us produce positive results that will have a big impact on our team's performance."
During his time at Colorado, he worked directly with the football program while also overseeing the speed, strength and conditioning needs for all the Buffaloes' varsity programs. Prior to Colorado, Pitman was Boise State's head strength and conditioning coach and played an integral role in Boise State's emergence as a nationally-recognized program that won six Western Athletic Conference championships during his tenure.
Certified as a level one club coach by USA?Weightlifting in 1994, Pitman took his first full-time position as a strength coach in 1995 at Montana State University. He directed the Bobcats' programs specifically for football, women's skiing and women's track until 1997. He moved to San Jose State in the fall of 1997, supervising the training programs for all the Spartans' varsity programs for a two-year period before joining the staff at Boise State, his alma mater.
A three-year letterman at center for Boise State from 1990-92, Pitman originally walked on to the team in 1988 before eventually earning a scholarship and becoming a two-year starter at center. He was a member of the Broncos' 1990 team that finished 10-4, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA?Division I-AA playoffs.
Pitman was recognized as an NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-America in 1992, making him one of just 10 Boise State players in history to win the award.
He graduated from Boise State with a degree in health promotion in 1993, and immediately went to work as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Minnesota. While coaching for the Gophers, he earned his master's degree in education in the spring of 1995.