Ian Jones takes reins of Privateers strength and conditioning

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Lakefront Arena UNO weight room

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Athletics announced the hiring of Ian Jones as head coach of sports performance Monday. Jones will oversee the strength and conditioning office on the Lakefront.

“I’m excited to join the University of New Orleans as the head coach of sports performance,” said Jones. “I’d like to thank Ochsner and UNO for the opportunity, and I look forward to working with everyone on developing an elite-level strength & conditioning program to best serve the student-athletes.”

The Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland native joins the Privateers after a year as the assistant athletic director for sports performance at Wagner in Staten Island, N.Y. At Wagner, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the sports performance office for 25 varsity sports and over 500 student-athletes, supervising five graduate assistants, one assistant coach and several interns. He was pivotal in the creation of the strength and conditioning internship program.

Prior to his time in the Empire State, Jones worked with the USA Women’s National Rugby team, serving as the head of physical performance for the USA Women’s Eagles 15s. In addition, he served as head strength and conditioning coach with the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

In the spring of 2016, Jones was a seasonal strength and conditioning coach with the Cleveland Browns and followed with a nearly two-year stint as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Houston Texans.

From August 2013-March 2016, Jones was the assistant coach at Penn State, working primarily with the field hockey and rugby programs.

He also has experience at Eastern Michigan and South Carolina.

His international experience includes time with the London Welsh Rugby Football Club, Irish Hockey Association and Cork Gaelic Athletic Association.

Jones earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork, the national university of Ireland, and a post-graduate qualification from London’s Middlesex University.

He is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) and is an approved CSCCA-SCCC mentor. He is CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and recognized as RSCC*D (Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach with Distinction), an honor highlighting those strength & conditioning professionals with a proven track record of 10+ years. He holds a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance certification and is an advanced Olympic Lifting Coach through former USA National Team Coach Leo Totten.

Jones resides in Covington, Louisiana with his wife Madeline, who is the assistant athletic director/director of sports medicine at fellow Southland Conference school Southeastern Louisiana University.

The Privateers are in a partnership with Ochsner Sports Performance.

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