2019 National Conference

Zach Houghton

The Progression for Building a Positive Culture

Zach Houghton will be speaking about his progression to building a positive culture in your strength and conditioning program. A step by step process to instill a programs core values and how to follow through with your athletes to create an environment for success.

Zach Houghton was hired as the Director of Sports Performance for Mens Basketball in July 2017. He works primarily with the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs.

Prior to USF, Houghton was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Northern Michigan University where he oversaw all aspects of training 14 varsity sports. He held this position from July 2016 - July 2017.

Houghton held the very same role at Moravian College from July 2014 to July 2016. At Moravian, he oversaw all aspects of managing and training of 21 varsity sports. Under his guidance, Moravian College renovated their sports performance center which is featured in numerous articles and websites.

Before Moravian, Houghton was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach / Wellness Coordinator at Wayne State University from April 2014 to July 2014. At Wayne State, he trained six varsity sports and oversaw all wellness coordination of over 11,000 university employees.

Houghton also interned and was a graduate assistant at Wayne State University from November 2012 to April 2014.

Before strength and conditioning, Houghton was a four-year starter and two-time captain for the Wayne State University football team. He was apart of the 2011 national runner-up team, and 2010 GLIAC South championship team. In 2011, he was given the Ultimate Warrior award for his commitment in the weight room.

Houghton is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, along with a certified sports performance coach through United States of America Weightlifting.

He has both his Masters of Arts in Sports Administration and his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Wayne State University.