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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #256: Justin Lovett "Meet Them Where They Are At"


Justin Lovett is in his second season as director of football strength & conditioning. He was hired Dec. 21, 2016.

Lovett joined the Boilermakers after three seasons in a similar capacity at Western Kentucky. During his time with Hilltoppers, Lovett helped build WKU to back-to-back Conference USA championships (2015 and 2016) and two straight bowl victories (2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and 2015 Miami Beach Bowl). Five players were selected by National Football League teams during his time in Bowling Green, including a school-record-tying three in the 2016 draft. Western Kentucky went 30-10 overall during Lovett's time, including a 19-5 mark in CUSA play.

Prior to WKU, Lovett spent two seasons with the strength & conditioning staff at Georgia. The Bulldogs posted a 20-7 overall record, played in the 2012 SEC championship game and in two January bowl games (2013 Capital One Bowl and 2014 Gator Bowl) during his time in Athens. Including first-rounders Todd Gurley, Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, a total of 15 players were selected by NFL teams in his two seasons at Georgia.

Lovett worked with the Denver Broncos from 2009 to 2011, starting as an intern before moving to assistant strength & conditioning coach the final two years. While with the Broncos, the team won the 2011 AFC West and was among the top five teams in the NFL in terms of having the lowest amount of practices and games missed by starters in 2009 and 2011. Denver had eight players voted to the Pro Bowl during Lovett's time there.

Lovett got his start among the collegiate ranks at UTEP from 2008 to 2009. He served as the strength & conditioning coach for Miners' soccer and track & field teams, and assisted with football and softball. Lovett served as the head strength & conditioning coach at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado, from 2004 to 2008 and as the director of sports performance at Miramont Sports Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, from 2003 to 2004.

A two-sport athlete in football and baseball at the University of Findlay, Lovett earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science from Colorado State in 2003 and a master's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He played semi-professional football in the Colorado Football Conference from 2000 to 2003 and was a Colorado Golden Gloves amateur boxer in 2002. Lovett holds certifications from the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified), National Strength & Conditioning Association (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (Performance Enhancement Specialist & Corrective Exercise Specialist). A native of Beavercreek, Ohio, Lovett (born Jan. 8, 1977) and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Tillman and Lyndon.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • What he wished he would have done to better prepare to be a Head S&C.

  • What is unique about his program.

  • Mistakes he has made and how to avoid them when building a new weight room.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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