BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan is pleased to welcome Eric Jett as the college's first full-time Director of Strength and Conditioning to the Bobcat athletic department.
Jett will be tasked with designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for all 21 athletic teams at West Virginia Wesleyan as well as managing the strength and conditioning center.
Jett was born in Mississippi but raised in Arizona where he graduated from Mesquite High School in Gilbert in 2006. While at Mesquite, he played football and wrestled.
He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor's degree in biology in 2010. While at Penn, he was a member of the football team that won the Ivy League championship in 2009 and was also a walk-on to the wrestling team.
He graduated from Indiana State University in 2016 with a Master's degree in exercise science where he was named the Outstanding Graduate Assistant of the Year.
While at ISU, he worked with the football, golf and track and field teams. He assisted the football team to the FCS playoffs in 2014 and the indoor men's and women's track and field programs to championships.
Jett said it was an easy decision to accept the new position at Wesleyan.
"I was immediately drawn by the fact that Wesleyan was a Division II college, but it was really the fact that the position was to be a director," Jett said. "For a young coach like myself, that is something that I could not turn down.
"Plus, I really like the feel of the town and the college especially. The word I would use to describe Wesleyan is 'idyllic.'"
Jett believes his work ethic and background makes him a perfect fit for Wesleyan.
"I bring a tremendous work ethic and a desire to grow and learn from all the wonderful coaches here," Jett said. "I have experience with a variety of athletes from a range of backgrounds and I have worked well with them all. I Have a great deal of experience in building a better athlete from the ground up, particular in the realm of improving muscular strength."
"We are happy to be adding Eric to the Wesleyan athletic department," Tenney remarked. "The NCAA has mandated the schools have a strength and condition coach for all the right reasons. In part to improve the student-athlete's strength and athletic performances in a safe and meaningful way."
The Wesleyan fall athletic seasons will officially get underway Sept. 1 when the men's soccer team host the California (Pa.) Vulcans.