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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #269: Zach Houghton "Give What You Can"


Zach Houghton was hired as the Director of Sports Performance for Mens Basketball in July 2017. He works primarily with the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs.

Prior to USF, Houghton was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Northern Michigan University where he oversaw all aspects of training 14 varsity sports. He held this position from July 2016 - July 2017. Houghton held the very same role at Moravian College from July 2014 to July 2016. At Moravian, he oversaw all aspects of managing and training of 21 varsity sports. Under his guidance, Moravian College renovated their sports performance center which is featured in numerous articles and websites.

Before Moravian, Houghton was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach / Wellness Coordinator at Wayne State University from April 2014 to July 2014. At Wayne State, he trained six varsity sports and oversaw all wellness coordination of over 11,000 university employees. Houghton also interned and was a graduate assistant at Wayne State University from November 2012 to April 2014.

Before strength and conditioning, Houghton was a four-year starter and two-time captain for the Wayne State University football team. He was apart of the 2011 national runner-up team, and 2010 GLIAC South championship team. In 2011, he was given the Ultimate Warrior award for his commitment in the weight room. Houghton is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, along with a certified sports performance coach through United States of America Weightlifting. He has both his Masters of Arts in Sports Administration and his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Wayne State University. He and his wife Rochelle reside in Wesley Chapel, Florida, along with their dog Tyson.


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.

  • Coaching at all three levels.

  • Responsibilities outside of S&C.

  • Giving back to the profession at a young age.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

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

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