BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson announced Thursday that Keith Caton (KAY-ton) will join the Hoosiers staff as head strength and conditioning coach. Caton arrives in Bloomington after a four-year stint at Baylor University.
“Keith’s skill set and personality are a perfect fit for us,” Wilson said. “Studying the Baylor program from afar, their style of play and player development has been remarkable and we wanted to target someone with that pedigree. We found that in Keith. He is a dynamic leader with great ideas, tremendous energy and a strong coaching background. This position is one of the most critical within a football program, and we are very confident in Keith leading our athletic performance. We welcome him and his family to IU.”
Caton served as Baylor’s director of football for athletic performance. The Bears posted a 40-12 record in his four seasons and just capped off their third straight 10-win campaign.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be a Hoosier and to work for Coach Wilson and his staff,” Caton said. “The leadership that Coach Wilson has shown has set IU up to be a successful program not only in the Big Ten but nationally. I am truly honored to be a part of Hoosier Nation and cannot wait to get to work. Go IU!”
Caton owns 17 years of experience with stops at Western Kentucky University (2011-12, 2004-05), the University of Missouri (2005-10), Elon University (2003-04), Auburn University (2001-03) and the University of Southern Mississippi (1999-2001).
At WKU, he assisted with football all four years and led all aspects of strength and conditioning for men’s basketball (2004-05), baseball (2011-12) and track and field (2011-12).
He was named assistant strength and conditioning director at Missouri in August of 2005. Caton served as the Director of the Mizzou Performance Club, assisted with football and led the design and implementation of programs for baseball and wrestling.
In January of 2004, Caton was promoted to head strength and conditioning coach at Elon, where he oversaw the development of all varsity sports.
Caton graduated from Auburn with an educational specialist degree in 2003. He helped with football, baseball and softball while overseeing equestrian.
A four-year player at Southern Miss, Caton remained with USM following his playing days as strength and conditioning graduate assistant from June of 1999 to May of 2001. He received both his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1999 in exercise physiology and his master’s in May of 2001 in coaching/sports administration from his alma mater.
In addition to his football duties at Baylor, Caton taught a master’s level course as an adjunct professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences.
Caton holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Keith and his wife, Adriene, have three children, Kade, Weslie and Kole.