Coach Joseph Hanson grew up in Bradenton, FL, and played football and wrestled at Manatee High School. He placed 4th in state competition and continued his wrestling career at Indiana University. Due to a family illness, he left college early and joined Marines. Joe served in the USMC’s Elite Reconnaissance Units. After serving he left Marines to take care of orphaned family members and worked in corrections for the next few years. Later while pursuing a degree in criminal justice at FSU, an FSU assistant strength coach challenged him to help some of their kids before they wound up in jail or worse.
Joe switched to his major to education and graduated from UF. He taught and coached in high schools for the next six years. (Eastside HS in Gainesville Union County School district until 2002.) Since coming to Jacksonville Joe has competed in the Highland Games and medaled at Master’s Nationals.
Jacksonville Jaguars and later NY Giants Strength Coach Jerry Palmieri helped start the Athlete Development Center in August 2002. Since then Joe has trained over a thousand athletes. Hanson is an Advanced National Coach for USA Weightlifting. He is also currently co-director of Team Florida Northeast and is the Developmental and Strategic planner with Donnie Smith our Competition Director and Hi-Performance coach in Gainesville. (We build weightlifters in Jax and send them to Donnie while going to UF).
His athletes have played football at FSU, UNC, NCSU, Air Force, Ga. Southern, JU, Macalester, Mass. Maritime Academy, Heidelberg, FAU, Va. Tech, Atlanta Falcons.
Joe’s baseball players have played for the Brewers, Giants, Mariners, Indians (Ben and Mat Gamel, Austin Slater, Mike Clevinger) He has Minor leaguers with Angels, Brewers, Dodgers, Mets, Marlins. He has College Baseball Players at Stanford, Citadel, UF, JU, UNF, Tennessee, Florida Gulf Coast, Suwannee, Valdosta State, USCGA and Hood College.
He has also trained athletes for Team USA Bobsled, USF Track, LSUS Weightlifting, USNA Wrestling, Ga. Tech Softball, Villanova Softball, Murray State Softball, Arkansas Softball, USF Softball, UCF Softball, Agnes Scot Soccer, William and Mary Soccer.
Since starting the ADC Joe has trained a dozen National medalists in Weightlifting along with 25+ Junior Olympic Medalists. He trained Mike Soha who is the only National Champion from Jacksonville. He is a 2 time Collegiate National champion and placed fifth at World University Games. Mike serves as an Airborne Ranger in the Army. He trained Ryan Bass from Middle School through college and he went on to win 2 NCAA championships in swimming at Emory University.
Joe has also trained 2 US Army Rangers, 3 Marines, AF PJ, 3 USCG pilots, 5 Sailors, 1 Air Force Major, Over 20 Eagle Scouts. 3 of our athletes are Deputy Sheriffs in the state of Florida.
Coach Hanson’s main goal is to help athletes run faster, throw and hit harder, and jump higher. He wants to help athletes reach their God-given potential and end their athletic career well. Whether its JV, Varsity, D-3, Juco, D-1, semi-pro, minor league or Big Leagues, I want you to finish honestly, with no doubts and no regrets. Get married, have kids and bring them to the gym.