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Jesse Ackerman

  • Assistant Director for Strength and Conditioning (Football)



2012 Florida (Assistant Director for Strength and Conditioning, Football)
2008-12 University of Texas (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football)
2007-08 Iowa State University (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football)
2002-07 John Carroll University (Graduate Assistant)

Ackerman was named Assistant Director for Strength and Conditioning in January of 2012. He comes to UF from the University of Texas where he served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football for four seasons. Ackerman, who owns two masters degrees – a Masters of Science in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Arts and Sciences in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University – worked at Texas while current Gator head coach Will Muschamp served on the Longhorns’ coaching staff. Ackerman is a student of eastern European weight training systems and methodology and approaches training with a holistic perspective.

While at UT, Ackerman worked closely with former Longhorn and now Cleveland Brown quarterback, Colt McCoy. Ackerman invented, developed and implemented many successful training methods for top-level Division I student-athletes during his tenure at Texas. Ackerman worked primarily with football and handled programming for quarterbacks and other high risk athletes.

He was a part of the UT rehabilitation team and also served as the liaison between the sport medicine and strength and conditioning departments. He will work in a similar capacity with the Gators and will also provide mental training for individual athletes and small groups.

Prior to his time at UT, Ackerman spent a year as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football at Iowa State University form 2007-08.

The Willowick, Ohio native is a former NCAA Division III All-American football player for John Carroll University and served on JCU’s strength and conditioning staff for four years, working with wrestling and football. At JCU, Ackerman trained eight NCAA All-America football players, two All-Americans in track and field and one U.S. power lifter who set a bench press world record.

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