Jordan Pennella joined LSU as a Football Athletic Development Coach with a focus on Sport Science in 2022.
During the 2021 season, Pennella was an intern Football Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to aiding in implementing the strength & conditioning program, he helped coach the return-to-play protocols. He also aided in several data science projects including athlete performance monitoring/reporting.
Prior to USC, he was an intern Strength & Conditioning Coach at Air Force. He aided in coaching the strength & conditioning programs for the Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Baseball, Men’s Golf, Co-Ed Spirit, Men’s Swim and Men’s Water Polo teams.
He was also a private Performance Coach at Pinnacle Weightlifting in Colorado Springs, focused on SuperTotal, Powerlifting and high school team-sport athletes.
Prior to his career as an Athletic Development Coach, Pennella worked for four years in the finance industry. From 2016-2018, he was a Bond Trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City on both the Mortgage-Backed Securities and Global Credit/Special Situations Trading Desks. From 2018-2019, he was an Investment Banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focused on financial modeling and executing mergers & acquisitions. In 2020, Pennella was a Private Equity Investor for Brightstar Capital Partners in New York City, focused on quantitative investment modeling and executing majority stake buyout investments.
He graduated summa cum laude, with his bachelor’s degree in Finance with a concentration in Macroeconomics, from Penn State in 2016.
He is a certified strength and conditioning coach by the NSCA and certified by USAW as a level one weightlifting coach.