USM names new strength coach

USM names new strength coach

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - SaJason Finley essentially had been overseeing the University of Southern Mississippi's strength and conditioning program since January.

Tuesday morning, the athletic department made it official.

Finely, USM's assistant director of athletic performance for football, was promoted to head strength and conditioning coach.

Finley had assumed those duties when his predecessor, Zac Woodfin, had taken over the day-to-day responsibilities of the entire athletic department on an interim basis in January when former Athletic Director Bill McGillis resigned to take a position at the University of San Diego.

Jon Gilbert was announced as McGillis' successor in late January.

A few weeks later, Woodfin left to take over the strength and conditioning program at the University of Kansas.

"It's an honor to come in and lead this program," Finley said in a news release from USM's sports information office. "I'm excited for the future of Southern Miss and the opportunity to lead it.

"We've got a great group coming back, as well as a great atmosphere and coaching staffs."

Finely followed Woodfin to USM from the University of Alabama- Birmingham, arriving for the 2015-16 season.

Finley also had worked at Washington State University (2014) and Auburn University (2013). As a graduate assistant, he worked at Arkansas State University (2012).

Finley graduated from Tuskegee University in 2007, where he had been a four-year starter at running back. He later earned his master's from Arkansas State.