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Athletics: Napier Announces Hocke As Head Strength and Conditioning/Associate Head Coach

By: Jeff Schneider, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

LAFAYETTE, La. – Louisiana head football coach Billy Napier announced the hiring of Mark Hocke as Head Strength and Condition/Associate Head Coach on Friday after successful stints at Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and most recently Texas A&M.
 
"We are ecstatic to announce Mark Hocke's hire," Napier said. "He is truly one of the elite minds in the Strength and Conditioning field. As a New Orleans native, he also understands the dynamic here at Louisiana. Player Development is at the core of everything we do and he will lead this area of the organization with unmatched passion. He is a tremendous teacher, motivator and leader of men. We look forward to watching the impact he will have on our players lives. Let's welcome Mark and his wife Katherine to Lafayette!"
 
Hocke spent the 2017 season at Texas A&M where he served as the Football Strength and Conditioning Coach under head coach Kevin Sumlin seeing the squad earn a spot in the Belk Bowk.
 
Prior to Texas A&M, Hocke spent one season as the co-associate head football strength and conditioning coach at Florida State where he served under head football coach Jimbo Fisher and strength coach Vic Viloria. The Seminoles won the final five games of the 2016 season on their way to a 10-3 record that included a 33-32 win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl.
 
Hocke served as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Georgia in 2015, where he directed a 15-person staff that trained a pair of All-SEC honorees in offensive lineman John Theus and safety Dominick Sanders. The Bulldogs finished the year with a 10-3 record, which included a win over Penn State in the Gator Bowl.
 
Hocke received his collegiate coaching start at the University of Alabama in 2009 spending six seasons on head coach Nick Saban's staff. Under the tutelage of respected strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, Hocke helped coach three teams that won BCS national championships (2009, 2012, 2013). He also headed the offseason Player Leadership Council and reported directly to the head coach. During his stay in Tuscaloosa, Hocke helped train over 35 players that signed NFL contracts, including 10 first-round NFL Draft picks. He also served as the head strength coach for the men's tennis team for one season.
 
Hocke's first coaching job was at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La., where he served as a position coach (wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs) and oversaw the team's strength and conditioning from 2003-2008.
 
His certifications include CSCCC Certified, FMS Screen Certified as well as USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certified.
 
A native of New Orleans, La., Hocke earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of New Orleans in 2008. He also completed two years of business school prerequisite undergraduate work at Tulane University.

Hocke's hiring is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
 
HOCKE AT A GLANCE
Alma Mater: New Orleans, 2008
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Wife: Katherine
 
COACHING EXPERIENCE
2017, Texas A&M (Director of FB S&C)
2016, Florida State (Co-Assoc. Head S&C)
2015, Georgia (Director of FB S&C)
2009-14, Alabama (Co-Assoc. Head S&C)
2003-08, New Orleans Jesuit HS (WR, RB, DB, S&C)