Evarist Akujobi
Evarist Akujobi

Position:
Strength & Conditioning

Experience:
First Season

Alma Mater:
Houston, 2006


Overall
• In his sixth season at the NCAA Division I level
• Had prior NCAA Division I stints at Bucknell (2006-07), St. John's (2007-08) and Houston Baptist (2011-14)
• Also worked with NBA (San Antonio; 2008-09) and international basketball organizations (Seoul SK Knights, 2009-10; Beijing Ducks, 2010-11)

Responsibilities
• Heads the Tigers basketball strength and conditioning program
• Oversees the team's nutrition program, including scheduling menus for post-practice/pregame/postgame meals
• Manages the basketball strength and conditioning budget

Memphis Strength/Conditioning Coach (2014-present)
• Joins the Tigers staff after an incredible first five seasons under head coach Josh Pastner
• Memphis posted a 130-44 overall record (.747 winning percentage) from 2009-14
• Tigers won 20 or more games all five seasons, including 31 in 2012-13
• Memphis played in five-straight postseasons (2010 NIT; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 NCAA)
• Tigers won two-straight conference regular-season titles (2011-12, 2012-13) and three-consecutive conference tournament crowns (2011, 2012, 2013)

Houston Baptist Strength/Conditioning Director (2011-14)
• Constructed the strength and conditioning programs for all 14 teams at the new NCAA Division I member (moved to NCAA Division I in 2007-08)
• Primarily worked with the Huskies basketball program, which had a 30-62 record in his three seasons
• Member of the Houston Baptist staff that transitioned the program to the Southland Conference in 2013-14 from the Great West Conference in 2012-13
• Helped Houston Baptist to its best season as an NCAA Division I member in 2012-13
• The Huskies posted a 14-17 record and advanced to the Great West Conference Tournament championship game
• The 14 NCAA Division I wins were the most for a season in school history
• Houston Baptist had four players earn 2012-13 Great West Conference honors, including the league's co-Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year awards
• Overall, in three seasons, coached 11 players that earned postseason honors

Other Collegiate Coaching Stints
• At St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, in 2008-09, served as the men's basketball strength and conditioning consultant; the Rattlers posted a 17-11 overall record and a 12-4 Heartland Conference mark
• At St. John's University in 2007-08, was a strength and conditioning graduate assistant that worked with the Red Storm's men's and women's tennis, golf and fencing programs; coached PGA star Keegan Bradley and worked with the St. John's fencing team that was the 2007 NCAA runner-up
• At Georgetown in the summer of 2007, served as a strength and conditioning intern assistant and worked with the Hoyas football squad and the returnees from the 2007 men's basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four
• At Bucknell in 2006-07, was a strength and conditioning intern assistant and worked with all 27 Bison programs

Professional Coaching Stints
• With the Chinese Basketball Association's (CBA) Beijing Ducks in 2010-11, was the organization's strength and conditioning director, and the team finished eighth in the CBA
• With the Korean Basketball League's Seoul SK Knights in 2009-10, served as the organization's strength and conditioning director, and the team finished seventh in the league
• With San Antonio Spurs in 2008-09, served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and helped the squad to a 54-28 record and the NBA's Southwest Division title

Personal
• Arlington, Texas, native
• Graduated from the University of Houston in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science
• Working toward a master's degree in sports studies from the United States Sports Academy
• Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Association of Sports Medicine and United States of America Weightlifting

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