Jared Ka’aiohelo, affectionately known as “Coach K” to his athletes and coaching colleagues, has been exceedingly influential to the performance enhancement of athletes at every level for over two decades.
Ka’aiohelo found his love of strength and conditioning as a standout multi-sport athlete at Edmond Memorial High School, spending his summers working with Brett and Beau Adams. Years ahead of its time, the Adams’ Course was one of the first athlete-only performance training centers in the country opening in 1988. After the city’s only State Championship Football winning season, Ka’aiohelo left for Fayetteville to play football spending three years as an Arkansas Razorback, where he was coached and mentored by legendary strength coach; John Stucky. In 1993, Kaaiohelo made the decision to transfer to Missouri Southern to finish his last two years of NCAA eligibility. There he played a pivotal role as captain of the Lions’ football team, competing in an undefeated season and taking home the MIAA conference championship. The following year, Ka’aiohelo earned a spot in the 1994 Snow Bowl (NCAA DII All-Star Game).
Ka’aiohelo continued his playing career at the next level when the Houston Oilers signed him as a free agent in 1995. The following year he was drafted in NFL Europe for the Scottish Claymores, where he spent two seasons with the team. As team captain, the Claymores became World Bowl Champions in 1996. The following season, he returned to the states and got picked up by the Indianapolis Colts.
Hanging up his cleats in 1999, Ka’aiohelo’s love of sports endured. In 2000, wanting to put his playing experience to use, he volunteered with the Oklahoma Sooners Strength and Conditioning department, and later that year opened up The Fieldhouse athlete training facility in Oklahoma City. Inspired by The Adams’ Course, The Fieldhouse was a place for athletes to train and prepare for the next level.
In 2004, Ka’aiohelo took an opportunity to begin a Strength and Conditioning program for the Athletics Department of the University of Central Oklahoma. As the inaugural strength and conditioning coordinator, Ka’aiohelo donated equipment, began fundraising, hired graduate assistants, and brought a knowledge of sport performance and training that would change the way student-athletes trained at UCO.
Continuing his journey in the collegiate ranks, Ka’aiohelo accepted a position as Assistant Strength Coach with the University of Kansas Football team in February 2007. Along with his football duties, he also trained the men’s golf team who included current PGA player Gary Woodland. The Jayhawks football squad had a record-breaking season in 2007 winning the BCS Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech and finishing the season ranked #7 with a 12-1 overall record. The next year the Jayhawks completed their season with a win in the Insight Bowl against Minnesota.
In 2009, Ka’aiohelo accepted the position of Assistant Athletics Director/ Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning at Rice University in Houston, Texas. In four seasons with the Owls Football program, Ka’aiohelo was a part of the 2011 victory in the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force. But more importantly, prepared a number of athletes for their NFL dream. Currently, there are over 12 players in the NFL that he has had the opportunity to train. These athletes who have made rosters always have a great work ethic and top numbers at the combine and respective pro days.
Ka’aiohelo was approached by many of his former athletes to start his own training facility like so many years ago- but this time with the knowledge and experience of having been on the collegiate coaching side. Coach K says he had three coaches who were instrumental in his career: “Brett Adams, John Stucky and Jon Lantz were mentors who invested in me and gave me the platform and opportunity to put my athleticism to work- without their guidance I never would have been able to play at the highest level of my sport.”