Athletics Welcomes Jason Russell as Sports Performance Coach

July 14, 2014

HOUSTON - Jason Russell has joined the University of Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as an assistant sports performance coach.

Russell will work closely with new Men's Basketball Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and the coaching staff to create training programs that allow the Cougars to move more efficiently and effectively. He also will design and implement all aspects of the conditioning, mobility, agility and strength programs.

He also will supervise the Houston's Men's and Women's Golf strength and conditioning program for Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke and Women's Head Coach Gerrod Chadwell.

"Jason brings passion, energy and enthusiasm to our program, and he delivers that to our guys on a daily basis. I wanted our sports performance coach to reflect the values of our program, and that's where Jason stood out," Sampson said. "He will keep us on the cutting edge of doing things that will help our guys get bigger and stronger with more explosion."

Russell, who is a native of Corsicana, Texas, comes to Houston after working for the last year and a half as assistant strength and conditioning coach at California. While in Berkeley, Russell directed the strength and conditioning program for the Women's Gymnastics team and assisted with the Football program.

He joined the Louisiana Tech strength and conditioning staff in June 2011, working with the Men's Basketball team and assisting with the Football program.

Prior to that, Russell served as a volunteer assistant coach and intern at Sam Houston State for nearly three years. There, he worked with the Men's and Women's Golf teams and assisted with the Football and other sports programs.

Russell was a three-year letterman on the Sam Houston State track and field team, competing in the shot put, hammer and weight throw from 2009 to 2011. He was an All-Southland Conference Second-Team performer in the weight throw as a team captain and was a member of the Southland Conference All-Academic Team.

He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Sam Houston State in 2010 and earned his master's degree in sports performance from Louisiana Tech in 2012.

Russell is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

Fans can take the first step toward the 2014-15 Houston Men's Basketball season by placing deposits for new season tickets with the Athletics Ticket Office at UHCougars.com or by clicking here. The deposit is not a fee and will go toward the cost of season tickets.

Season-ticket holders from the 2013-14 season will receive invoices to renew in the near future.

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Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first season in the new TDECU Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.

Fans interested in purchasing Houston Football season tickets for as low as $140 for seven games can contact the Ticket Sales department online or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first game in TDECU Stadium.

University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation. Young Alumni can purchase tickets here or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).

Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in TDECU Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston's seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by clicking here.



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