WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
Along with head strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie, Hoke has been instrumental in coordinating the "Fourth Quarter" and "Bottom Line" offseason conditioning programs that have been one of the key reasons for MSU's success in the Coach Mark Dantonio era. He has worked with multiple All-Americans at Michigan State and numerous players who have gone on to play in the NFL.
Hoke came to Michigan State following eight seasons at Appalachian State (1996-2003), including three years as an assistant before being promoted to head strength and conditioning coach in 1999 by head football coach Jerry Moore. In his role as head strength and conditioning coach, he organized workouts for Appalachian State's 20 varsity sports.
A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Hoke played an integral part in helping Appalachian State football to a combined record of 67-30 (.691) from 1996-2003, including a 48-16 record (.750) in Southern Conference games. The Mountaineers made five-straight appearances in the NCAA I-AA playoffs from 1998-2002. During his tenure, 13 Appalachian State players were invited to National Football League training camps.
Prior to his second stint at Appalachian State, Hoke spent one year as assistant strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech (1995-96) where he worked primarily with the Red Raiders' men's basketball, women's soccer, softball and track and field programs while assisting football.
Hoke first arrived on the Appalachian State campus in 1992, working for four years as assistant strength and conditioning coach (1992-95).
He began his coaching career as an assistant track and field coach at UNC Wilmington in 1991.
A native of Durham, North Carolina, Hoke lettered in track and field at UNC Wilmington, competing in the javelin and shot put in 1990. He also participated in soccer in 1986.
THE HOKE FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: 13th. Joined staff on April 26, 2004, from Appalachian State.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College - assistant track and field coach at UNC Wilmington (1991); assistant strength and conditioning coach at Appalachian State (1992-95); assistant strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech (1995-96); assistant strength and conditioning coach at Appalachian State (1996-1998); head strength and conditioning coach at Appalachian State (1999-2003).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in physical education from UNC Wilmington in 1990; master's degree in exercise science from Appalachian State in 1993.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Lettered in track and field at UNC Wilmington (1990).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach - 1998 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 1999 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 2000 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 2001 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 2002 NCAA I-AA playoffs, 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2014 Rose Bowl, 2015 Cotton Bowl, 2015 College Football Playoff (Cotton Bowl).