Spartan Nations Harker named WSU strength and conditioning coach.

Hondo S. Carpenter

DETROIT - Wayne State University Director of Athletics Rob Fournier announced today the hiring of Paul Harker as WSU's strength and conditioning coach. 

"Paul brings a Division I approach to our strength and conditioning program," stated Fournier. "His experience at Michigan State as an assistant strength coach, and his distinguished career as an All Big Ten student-athlete, provides the perfect balance for our present day student-athletes. He understands commitment, strong work habits and the dedication necessary to achieve goals. We need to further nurture those traits among all our student-athletes." 

Harker joins the WSU staff after serving the previous two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Michigan State. 

A three-year letterwinner for the Spartans, Harker was voted to both the coaches and media honorable mention All-Big Ten teams in 2003 while serving as one of four team captains. In addition, he earned Academic All-Big Ten and CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors after starting all 13 games as a senior. He also received the Biggie Munn Award as Most Inspirational. 

An Academic All-Big Ten selection as a junior in 2002, he received MSU's Iron Man Award for his work in the weight room. 

After starting 10 games as a true freshman in 1998, Harker appeared in only nine games over the next three seasons while suffering three different injuries. 

A 2003 MSU graduate with a bachelor's degree in communications, he received his master's degree in kinesiology in 2006. 

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Harker was a First Team All-State selection as a senior at Chaminade-Julienne in 1997. 

He and his wife, Erin, reside in the Detroit area.

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