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NORTHRIDGE – CSUN Director of Athletics Mike Izzi has announced the hiring of Bob Alejo as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Performance and Student-Athlete Welfare. Alejo will have oversight of strength and conditioning, sports medicine, sports nutrition and sports psychology.

“I am looking forward to the knowledge, energy and vision Bob will bring to CSUN as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Performance and Student-Athlete Welfare,” said Izzi. “He is truly one of the elite minds in the Strength and Conditioning field and will help take all of our programs to the next level.”

Alejo brings a wealth of experience in the area of sports performance to CSUN. He was the Director of Sports Science for Power Lift, where he handled the day-to-day discussion about athletic performance and the science surrounding it. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant AD/Director of Strength and Conditioning at North Carolina State from 2011-17 where he served the entire Wolfpack athletic department and was part of two NCAA Sweet Sixteen teams in men’s basketball.

Alejo also has roots in the Big West Conference, spending four years at UC Santa Barbara where he was the Director of Strength and Conditioning from 2005-08. Before that, he spent 12 years in the same capacity with the Oakland A’s. With the Major League Baseball club, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s year-round physical preparation at both the major league and minor league levels.

His extensive resumé also includes nine years as a strength and conditioning coach at UCLA where he worked with 23 men’s and women’s teams. During his time in Westwood, the Bruins racked up 25 national championships and produced more than 100 All-Americans.

“Mike Izzi has put forth a tremendous amount of effort assembling a deep, knowledgeable and effective senior staff,” said Alejo. “Along those lines, Mr. Izzi’s vision for my position is an innovation with great foresight that clearly has been a needed component for comprehensive student-athlete performance and welfare at the collegiate level. To be included in this staff is both flattering and exciting!”

A graduate of Chico State University, Alejo also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the men’s beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser at the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). After winning the World Championship in 2007, Rogers and Dalhausser won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2008.

In addition to Australian Strength and Conditioning Association – ASCA Level 2 Coaching Accreditation, Alejo holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Distinguished (CSCS*D) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and that organizations Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E) status as well.

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