The New York Jets today announced the hiring of Bill Hughan as their strength and conditioning coach. Bryan Dermody, who was hired last season as a strength and conditioning coaching assistant, will be retained as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. The announcements were made by Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
Hughan joins the Jets after three seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Prior to his time with Atlanta, he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Oakland Raiders (2004-07).
Before coaching in the NFL, Hughan was an assistant on the collegiate level, serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Missouri (2001-03), as a graduate assistant at Columbia (1999-2000) and an assistant coach at Yale (1997-98). He also worked for the Omaha Royals, formerly the Golden Spikes, the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, between his years at Columbia. He graduated with a degree in exercise science from Springfield College, where he also played hockey. He then earned his graduate degree in applied physiology at Columbia.
Dermody joined the Jets coaching staff in March 2010 after spending four seasons as the assistant director of athletic development for the University of Louisville football team. Prior to his time at Louisville, he was the head strength coach at Drake (2006) and spent six seasons as an intern and then as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Iowa (2000-05). He was a three-year starter at outside linebacker and team captain for Lakeland College, from where he graduated with a degree in exercise science.