Yoga Helps Illini Improve Flexibility, Focus
Lou Hernandez spent seven years on the Illinois staff as the head football strength and conditioning coach. Hernandez coordinated the entire strength program for the football team as well as assisting with nutritional aspects of the players' diets.
During his time at Illinois, Hernandez turned around the strength program. When he began in 2005, there was only one player with a 300 pound or better power clean. Five years later, the team averaged close to 40 a year. Only one player in 2005 could bench over 405 and by 2010 that number was in double-figures.
Hernandez worked for three seasons at the University of Florida as the assistant director of strength and conditioning from 2002-04. He moved to Florida after serving on the New York Jets staff. Prior to his one-year stint with the Jets, Hernandez spent 10 years at the University of Houston, including five years as the director of the program.
A native of Alice, Texas, Hernandez earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Houston in 1992 and his master's degree in exercise and health-related fitness from Houston in 1994. Hernandez is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Hernandez and his wife, Kristin, have two daughters, Romy Ella and Katirena Rose.