BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS 5/6/22 — The Training and Performance Center (TPC), a division of Integrated Wellness Partners, welcomes Lou Hernandez as Sports Performance Manager.
Hernandez joins TPC with extensive experience in the field of strength and conditioning and sports performance.
Hernandez most recently served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Illinois (2019-2020). He previously led the Fighting Illini football strength and conditioning program from 2005-11 before moving to the University of North Carolina (UNC) from 2012-18. At Illinois he coordinated the entire strength program for the football team as well as assisted with nutritional aspects of the players’ diets, helping the Illini win back-to-back bowl games in 2010 and 2011.
His strength program at UNC played a key role in their success, helping lead the team to the ACC Coastal Championship in 2012 and 2015. He also developed a program using GPS and Sparta technology to reduce injuries by 60% in 2017 to 2018.
Hernandez earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Houston (UH) in 1992 and his master’s degree in exercise and health-related fitness from UH in 1994. He worked as a UH Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant from 1992 – 1994 before becoming Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 1994 – 1997 and then Head Strength and Conditioning Coach from 1997 – 2001.
Additional roles include Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Florida (2002 – 2005), Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New York Jets (2001 – 2002).
Hernandez is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and U.S. Power Lifting Federation. He is also CSCCa Master Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified and a USA Olympic Weightlifting Federation Club Coach, Level 1.
“Lou brings so much knowledge and expertise to this position. We are looking forward to how he can positively influence our athletes and our local sports community,” says Catherine Porter, Executive Director.