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Josh Bonhotal is in his fifth season as director of sports performance for the Boilermaker men's basketball team, having joined the program prior to the 2011-12 campaign.
During his tenure, Boilermaker athletes have undergone substantial physical transformations. Bonhotal's philosophy centers on increasing player availability, while subsequently improving strength, speed, and explosive power as it relates to on-court performance. He notes several players who have significantly improved sprint times and vertical jump height while also adding mass to their frame.
On the other end of the spectrum, Bonhotal has been instrumental in the transformation of current Boiler hoops standout A.J. Hammons. A.J., who arrived to Purdue an undeveloped 280-pound freshman, credits much of the added versatility in his game to physical improvements in his body composition, mobility, conditioning, speed, and overall strength which have the now 255-pound junior poised for a breakout year. Bonhotal is particularly proud of the 0.26 second improvement Hammons made in his 20-meter sprint, one of the primary tests used to evaluate top NBA Draft prospects each year.
"To put that in perspective, A.J. now possesses the ability to sprint the floor from baseline to the opposite free throw line in the same time it took him last year to make it only a couple steps beyond half-court" says Bonhotal.
In his first season in West Lafayette, Bonhotal played a critical role in the rehab and training of former Purdue star Robbie Hummel. Hummel, who at the time was coming off of consecutive ACL injuries, missed zero games that season for the first time in his college career and went on to become a second-round NBA draft pick in 2012. In fact, in the three seasons since Bonhotal's arrival Boilermaker teams have experienced a remarkable 99.7% player availability rate.
Bonhotal has also been instrumental incorporating the latest cutting-edge technologies to the Boilermaker program. In particular, he led a charge that saw Purdue as one of the very first programs in college basketball to adopt GPS technology; the first to use STATSports Viper technology which is currently being used by NBA teams as well as international teams such as Manchester United.
Prior to joining Purdue, Bonhotal spent four seasons with the Chicago Bulls where he served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Bonhotal's duties with the Bulls included coaching athletes through all aspects of the strength and conditioning program, traveling with the team to manage player workouts, lead warm-ups, and coordinate recovery protocols. In addition, he played an integral role in the Bulls testing and evaluation of NBA Draft prospects, a process which has contributed to the draft day decisions to select Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson among other notable Bulls players.
Bonhotal recalls fondly his time in Chicago, being part of the growth and development of each of the aforementioned players; in particular his involvement with Rose from Derrick's 2008-09 Rookie of the Year campaign to winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player award in 2011. Also during the 2011-12 season, Bonhotal's last with the Bulls, the team won an NBA best 62 games and head coach Tom Thibodeau was selected NBA Coach of the Year.
Bonhotal graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Exercise Science and later completed a Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.