Jeff Watkinson begins his first season as the Hawks' Strength and Conditioning coach.

He spent the last two years owning and operating Watt Training, where he worked with NBA players on their strength, conditioning and basketball development skills.

Formerly the strength and conditioning coach at Indiana University from 2006-10, Watkinson has held similar positions at Missouri, Clemson, Charlotte and College of Charleston.

The suburban Chicago native began his college studies in 1989 at Kishwaukee College in Illinois, earning an associate's degree in pre-medicine. He then earned a baseball scholarship to North Carolina State, playing two years with the baseball team and graduating with a pre-medicine degree in 1993. Watkinson earned his master's in exercise science from Indiana in 1996.