Jason Spray has climbed the ladder of success rapidly since his collegiate playing career at Middle Tennessee, and he continues to exemplify the tremendous work ethic that made him a decorated gridiron standout for the Blue Raiders.
Spray enters his fourth season working in the Blue Raider strength and conditioning program. Spray serves as the head men's basketball strength and conditioning coach and is the primary assistant to Russell Patterson in football.
In basketball, Spray is responsible for preparing and executing in-season and off-season strength and conditioning programs. He also assists in game and practice preparations and player development from a strength standpoint. His hard work with Blue Raider basketball players already is paying off on a national level. Under Spray's guidance, Middle Tennessee forward Desmond Yates was named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2008.
Middle Tennessee head men's basketball coach Kermit Davis said Spray has played a substantial role in the development of the Blue Raider squad from a strength and conditioning standpoint.
"Jason has done a fabulous job of developing, just from a physical standpoint, the players in our program," Davis said. "Jason has the players looking forward to coming into the weight room. He has done a great job from the nutritional standpoint of it, not just lifting. Guys who are supposed to be losing body fat are, guys that are supposed to be gaining are. Jason is a young guy, but he is passionate and he's into their personal well-being. When guys care like that it shows up in their job."
Spray's duties in football see him working primarily with all the skill positions, designing the athletes' supplemental intake and meal plans, and tracking each player's caloric assessment.
Spray is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA and the CSCCA, and is certified by the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Spray is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a club performance coach and is certified as a sports nutritionist through the International Fitness Professional Association.
Spray is a graduate of Middle Tennessee, where he was a three-year starter for the Blue Raider football team. He was named the 2000 Lifter of the Year, as voted on by his teammates.
Spray played on the first Division I-A football team at Middle Tennessee in 1999 and was the starting fullback in 2001 when the Blue Raiders posted an 8-3 record and tied for the Sun Belt Conference championship - also a first in the Division I-A era. The durable and hard-working Spray played in 32 career games at Middle Tennessee. He was named co-captain of the 2001 Sun Belt Championship team.
Spray earned his bachelor of science in May 2002 and earned his master of science in 2005. Spray is married to the former Karisse Baker. The couple resides in Murfreesboro.