COACHES
Jason Arapoff
Coordinator of Physical Development

Biography

Jason Arapoff enters his 15th season directing the Lions’ strength and conditioning program. His primary role is to oversee the physical fitness of all Lions players. As he begins his 15th season in Detroit, Arapoff is now one season behind Aldo Forte (1950-65) and George Wilson (1949-64) for the second-most seasons coached (16) in team history.

Focusing equally on the offseason regimen and the regular season program, Arapoff utilizes high-end cardiovascular strength training and free weight equipment in the team’s state-of-the-art facility. His hands-on training techniques emphasize a balance of muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness, and are underscored by a comprehensive, personalized approach to each athlete. He also has introduced a shift toward more football-specific activities that encompass high-intensity protocols to train the entire body.

Arapoff arrived in Detroit prior to the 2001 season with 13 years of experience with the Washington Redskins. While serving as the team’s conditioning director for nine years, he was instrumental in computerizing and implementing the team’s strength and conditioning and nutritional programs.

Arapoff has been a monthly columnist for Scholastic Coach Magazine and is a frequent speaker for industry events, schools, universities and football camps. He, along with assistant strength and conditioning coach Ted Rath, launched the annual Detroit Lions Strength and Conditioning Clinic in 2011. The event is a forum for providing, sharing and exchanging information in the ever-changing world of strength and conditioning.

During his playing career as a collegian, Arapoff was a four-year letter-winning defensive back at Springfield (Mass.) College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in health fitness. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in exercise physiology from American University in Washington, D.C.

Arapoff was born July 8, 1965. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters: Julia, and twins, Anna and Alexa.

ARAPOFF'S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions 2001-

  • Coordinator of Physical Development 2006-
  • Strength and Conditioning 2001-05

Washington Redskins 1988-2000

  • Conditioning Director 1992-2000
  • Conditioning Assistant 1988-91

Recent Videos

  • Caldwell on OTAs

    Posted 4 minutes ago

    Head coach Jim Caldwell talks about his fourth offseason in Detroit and some initial impressions from the start of OTAs.

  • Lions OTAs: Day 1 highlights

    Posted 17 hours ago

    Watch highlights from the first day of the Lions' 2017 OTAs.

  • Gator rookies transition to Lions together

    Posted May 19, 2017

    Tori Petry reports on how Jarrad Davis and Teez Tabor are handling the switch from being college teammates to being NFL teammates.

  • Jones Jr. unveils renovated school gym

    Posted May 19, 2017

    Tori Petry reports on Marvin Jones Jr.'s efforts to help renovate a school gym in Detroit's Morningside neighborhood.

  • Tabor on personal motivation

    Posted May 19, 2017

    CB Teez Tabor talks about how the Gators' aggressive defense prepared him for the NFL as well as being motivated by those who second-guess his speed.

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