SAN ANTONIO – Middle Tennessee associate strength Coach Jason Spray was honored as the Assistant Strength Coach of the Year on Friday night at the annual National Strength and Conditioning Association Coaches Conference.
Spray earned the special honor in recognition of excellence in his dedication to the strength and conditioning profession. Coach Boyd Epley, NSCA Founder states, “It is a privilege to honor Jason Spray and recognize his achievement,” says Epley, “Jason’s well-earned award and his contributions shape NSCA into what it is today.”
Spray is in his seventh year at Middle Tennessee where he serves as the head men’s basketball strength coach and assists with football.
“I am very honored to be selected for this award,” Spray said. “It is a tremendous organization and I am humbled to even be considered.”
Spray is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA and the CSCCA, and is certified by the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Spray is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a club performance coach and is certified as a sports nutritionist through the International Fitness Professional Association.
The Murfreesboro native also works with various professional athletes during the offseason. Spray’s specialty is in plyometrics, which focuses on movements, explosion and flexibility rather than just muscle mass. The professional players like the emphasis.
Spray, who is also an expert contributor for Stack Magazine and Premier Players Magazine, is a graduate of Middle Tennessee where he was a three-year starter for the Blue Raider football team. He was named the 2000 Lifter of the Year, as voted on by his teammates.
Spray played on the first Division I-A football team at Middle Tennessee in 1999 and was the starting fullback in 2001, when the Blue Raiders posted an 8-3 record and tied for the Sun Belt Conference championship – also a first in the Division I-A era. The durable and hard-working Spray played in 32 career games at MT. He was named co-captain of the 2001 Sun Belt Championship team.
Spray earned his bachelor of science in May 2002 and his master of science in 2005. Spray is married to the former Karisse Baker and the couple has a son Jason Jr.