Alejo Named Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning
May 3, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State Athletics has announced the appointment of Bob Alejo as Assistant Athletics Director for Strength and Conditioning/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Alejo, who has approximately 30 years of experience working with a variety of sports on the professional and collegiate levels, will oversee the strength and conditioning unit for all 23 Wolfpack varsity teams, and will manage personally the day-to-day strength program for the men's basketball team.
"We are so fortunate to have a professional such as Bob Alejo come to NC State to help us improve our student-athletes," said David Horning, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director. "I have been well aware of his strength and conditioning expertise, certifications, and accomplishments throughout his career and am excited to have him at NC State."
Since 2009, Alejo has served as the director of strength and conditioning for the Oakland A's Major League baseball team, a position he also held from 1993-2001. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization's year-round physical preparation at both the major league and minor league levels.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me to return to the collegiate level," said Alejo. "NC State is a storied university with great administrative leadership and direction. Plus, I've worked with Coach Gottfried before, so it's a great situation for me. We are going to set our objectives at the highest level. We want championship facilities, training and work ethic. I can't wait to get my feet on the ground and get to work for State."
Prior to rejoining the A's, Alejo was the director of strength and conditioning at UC Santa Barbara from 2005-08. During that time he was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team as strength and conditioning coach for the gold medal-winning men's beach volleyball team.
From 1984-93, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach at UCLA, where he worked with 23 men's and women's teams, including the men's basketball squad, which won the 1995 NCAA Championship. During his tenure in Westwood, the Bruins racked up 25 national championships and produced more than 100 All-Americans.
Alejo has also worked as a consultant for the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer team (2010) and a short stint with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team in 1993, prior to the 1994 World Cup.
Before joining the Bruins' staff, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach for football at his alma mater, Chico State, in 1983 and 1984. He earned his B.A. in physical education from Chico State in 1982, with an emphasis in biological sciences and pre-physical therapy.
"Bob Alejo was a big part of our national championship at UCLA," said NC State Head Men's Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried. "I respect him as much as any strength and conditioning coach in the nation and know he will do a phenomenal job with our players on a daily basis."
An accomplished lecturer and author, Alejo is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (through the National Strength and Conditioning
Association's Certification Commission) and holds the advanced NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach distinction. He has also been elected to three halls of fame: Chico State Athletics, Chico State Baseball and the Chico Professional Baseball "Legends of the Diamond."
Alejo and his wife Jenifer have three children, Briana (24), Torin (5) and Cole (3).