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Football Coach Featured in American Football Monthly

Pictured is Mark Hoover working with a Piedmont student-athlete in the weight room.

Mark Hoover, a Social Studies teacher and football coach at Piedmont, is currently featured in the magazine American Football Monthly. Hoover published an article entitled "Complexity-Using Complex Warm-Ups to Jump Start Your Athlete's Workout" that highlights techniques that high school strength and conditioning coaches can use to help their student-athletes make incredible jumps in explosive power.  

Hoover joined the Piedmont staff this year entering his 11th year teaching in North Carolina. He has a BA in Comminication/Public Relations from Hiram College of Ohio and is in the process of obtaining a Master of Science in Human Performance and Exercise Science. Hoover has been a weightlifter since early in high school and began powerlifting in college, where he also played football and rugby.  He also brings extensive experience to the football field, having coached football at the college and high school level since 1995.  In 2008, he was asked to be the strength and conditioning coach at West Forsyth High School. Hoover is currently a Certified Strength Practioner through USA Weightlifting and is fully certified in Olympic Weightlifting.  In addition, he is an active member of the National Strength Coaches Association and plans to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam through the NSCA in the Spring of 2013.

The article featured this month in American Football Monthly is Hoover's second published article.  His first article was released last fall entitled "Denisty Training for the High School Athlete", where he was subsequently asked to speak on the topic at the National Wing-T Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last January.  Hoover enjoys writing and is a student of the science of strength and conditioning.  According to Hoover, "I see this field as a profession and enjoy reading journals and articles put out by others.  These two things led me to have an interest in contributing and furthering the topic."  

When asked about his motivation for writing the current article, Hoover replied, ""I ran across something that seemed to be an effective tool. I put it to use in my classes and strength program. After comparing outcomes from groups who used complex warm-ups and those that had not, it was obvious I'd stumbled across something worthwhile. I felt the information would be useful to others in the field and I enjoyed sharing it."  To read Hoover's complete article, click here.  

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 by Donna Helms

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