The secret to Northwestern’s success? Pat Fitzgerald says their strength staff is “the secret sauce”

While you may not recognize the name Alex Spanos, the Northwestern assistant strength coach got some serious camera time this year rocking cut off polos in freezing rain and while getting players amped up after arriving in Madison in a tight cutoff polo shirt.

He’s just one of the many instrumental assistant strength coaches under Northwestern director of sports performance Jay Hooten, who got profiled in a video the Wildcats released over the weekend. Hooten was elevated to his current role in 2011 after two years as the assistant director of strength and conditioning in Evanston.

At one point during the season, as the video points out, Fitz was talking during one of his regular media sessions and noted that players had broken over 30 personal best records IN A SINGLE WEEK at one point in 2017.

“We’ve set a total of 30 PRs – personal bests in the weight room…this week. This week! The guys have been getting after it in the weight room.”

“That group is our secret sauce. They are the best in the country. #1 because they’re fully integrated with our staff, and they’re fully integrated with our athletic training staff, and they invest so greatly to improve and develop our guys, and we’re a developmental program.”

This past season, Northwestern won 10 games for the third time under coach Fitz since 2006, finishing second in the Big Ten West. The energy in Evanston is clearly contagious and there’s a lot of really good buzz surrounding Fitz’s program.

See more on the Northwestern strength staff and coach Fitz below.