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Lathrop Named Illinois State's Strength Coach
Jim Lathrop
Jim Lathrop

Feb. 9, 2011

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State's interim director of athletics Larry Lyons announced the hiring of Jim Lathrop Wednesday, as the director of strength and conditioning, who served in a similar role at Purdue for the last 13 years.

"We are very pleased that Jim is joining the Redbirds," Lyons said. "He brings a wealth of experience to the position. We feel he can blend in his style and approach, while augmenting an already strong strength and conditioning program."

He replaces Rohrk Cutchlow, who left for a similar position at Tulsa. Lathrop is extremely familiar with ISU head football coach Brock Spack, as the two worked together at both Purdue and Wyoming.

"I'm tremendously excited about the opportunity," Lathrop said. "Everyone I've met at Illinois State has been a pleasure to talk with and I can feel the sense direction and unity among the staff. It is also exciting to be back together with Coach Spack. I'm just really looking forward to getting started at Illinois State."

Lathrop served as the director of strength and conditioning at Purdue for six years, after working seven years as strength and conditioning coordinator with the Boilermakers. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operation of the entire Purdue strength and conditioning program, Lathrop designed and implemented training programs for football, men's and women's track and field and wrestling.

Before Purdue, Lathrop served as head strength and conditioning coach at Wyoming from 1993 to 1997. He was honored as the Western Athletic Conference strength and conditioning coordinator professional of the year in 1996. Lathrop was at Georgia Tech from 1988 to 1992, as assistant coordinator from 1988 to 1990 and director from 1990 to 1992. With the Yellow Jackets Lathrop worked with the football team that won the national championship by defeating Nebraska, 45-21, in the 1990 Florida Citrus Bowl. Lathrop also worked briefly at California in 1987.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Lathrop earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983 from Northwest Missouri State, where he was a football letterwinner as an offensive guard. He earned his master's degree in physical education from Missouri in 1986, while serving as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1983 to 1986. He later was a part-time assistant with the Tigers during 1986 and 1987.

Lathrop and his wife, Elizabeth, have a son, Alex, and a daughter, Katrin.

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