Athletic Performance and Fitness Director: Jeremy Hoy
Born and raised on a beef farm, outside of a rural town in central Pennsylvania, Jeremy grew up playing sports, working
hard, and learning the value of finding a way to get things done. Growing up on a farm, and juggling sports and honors academics taught him about discipline, commitment, and hard work.
He began organized sports competition at the age of 5. He is the middle of 3 boys, all who worked hard to make the most of the opportunities presented to them. As the son of an avid athlete and coach, coaching has always been in his blood.
“Working on the farm at an early age I was often lifting 100 pound bags of feed, or buckets of water, tossing around bales of hay, or carrying large stones and other large objects from the field. I also remember carrying these objects across the barnyard and doing whatever it took not to let go or drop anything…not too bad for a skinny 11 year old.”
With two busy parents, and the time commitment needed on the farm, he wasn’t able to travel to the nearest town for team training . He was forced to improvise his training routine and use non-conventional training methods and apparatus. Using creativity and lessons from generations of strong farmers and workers, he was able to report each year for his sports seasons in better shape and stronger than others on his teams. It was at this time that he realized there were many ways to achieve great results through hard training and commitment to a purpose. Little did he know at that time, that what he was learning, and the type of training he was doing, would prove to be some of the most beneficial training available today.
“I used to spend my summers on the farm physically lifting and tossing around as many heavy items as possible. I would also offer my services for hire to any farmers within walking, biking, or running distance. Imagine a 12 or 13 year old boy asking a farmer to hire him to walk around his fields with a wheelbarrow and a shovel to remove all of the big, heavy rocks that may be damaging the farm equipment and slowing down the harvesting process…it didn’t take long for word to spread and I soon found myself lifting heavy rocks and tossing heavy bales of hay all summer long…”
At the age of 13, Jeremy was taken under the wing of his uncle, an avid power lifter and strong man, and patient teacher and communicator, to learn how to properly begin using weight training to help his athletic performance. It was at this time the he found a passion for weight training and exercise, and has worked hard to develop that passion and help others in need.
Later, when Jeremy was 14, with the help of his grandfather, his father converted a section of the barn into a sports facility—he put up a basketball hoop inside the barn and lined the floor with wrestling mats.
“Even after working 12-14 hour days, I remember my father taking the time to work with me and my brothers on pitching and running bases and hitting in baseball. I am especially thankful for him connecting and knowing enough to find the resources to help us learn wrestling, and weight training when he felt this was not his area of expertise.”
“My dad and grandpap are the two hardest working men I’ve ever known. I’ve had great role models in my life that exemplified hard work, honor, and that mental toughness that most people only hear about in books or see on the big-screen. I was fortunate enough to live it and breathe it every day.”
His training began as bodyweight training and farm training as a young kid and progressed to intense weight training sessions instructed by his uncle, beginning at age 13. He early training routines consisted of such things as running, hill sprints, off-road climbing and mountain running, hill jumps, farming (carrying cows, throwing bales of hay, chopping wood, carrying and pressing logs, pull-ups using tree branches, push-ups, digging holes, driving fence posts in hard ground, moving heavy rocks—odd shaped objects—out of fields, heavy unbalanced wheelbarrow training—and then included weightlifting exercises such as squats, deadlifts, cleans, bench press, and a large number of additional exercises.
At an early age, Jeremy was an avid reader and learner of the health sciences, including nutrition, and was able to successfully learn how to pack on muscle for football and then quickly and safely lose bodyfat while maintaining strength and power for wrestling season. Then, after wrestling season, he learned how to quickly pack on useful muscle to increase strength and power for track and field.
After high school, he went to Susquehanna University for 2 years, where he majored in Athletic Training, before transferring to Slippery Rock University (SRU). He graduated from SRU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, and then he attended California University of Pennsylvania for his Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention.
While in college, Hoy competed in Track and Field (Discus, Javelin, Shot Put), wrestling (197lbs, heavyweight)(NCAA Division 1), and played football (outside linebacker, defensive end). He is an active supporter of the Slippery Rock Univeristy wrestling Alumni Association.
Professionally, Jeremy has the highest credentials a coach can receive. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association), certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) with the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), a Certified Speed Specialist with NASE, and a certified Flex Band specialist by Jump Stretch, Inc.
Coach Hoy is also a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified Golf Fitness Instructor.
He has coaching experience working as a performance coach at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, as well as a variety of other coaching positions with athletes at many different levels.
As an athletic performance coach, he has directed and hosted many summer performance camps and clinics, speed and agility camps, and team training programs for sports such as hockey, wrestling, soccer, football, basketball, and tennis.
Coach Hoy is also recognized by various forums as an authority on training for ice hockey, wrestling, MMA, preventing injuries in young athletes, speed training, and women’s sports and fitness.
Additionally, he is a highly sought after speaker/clinician and lectures each year on speed training and training for ice hockey at the Annual Pennsylvania State Strength and Conditioning Clinic attended by strength and conditioning professionals, athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports medicine doctors.
Jeremy currently resides in Pittsburgh’s south hills with his wife and four children.