With the recent addition of Lauren Jones to the Liberty Athletics family, Liberty Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce stopped by the weight room in the Football Operations Center to chat with the new Director of Sports Nutrition.
During the interview, Pierce and Jones discussed a variety of topics, including how to tailor nutritional plans for a variety of sports.
Jones came to Liberty after having served as a sports nutrition intern at Tennessee since January.
During her time with the Volunteers, Jones was responsible for all the nutrition needs for men's and women's tennis, track & field, volleyball, swimming & diving, rowing and men's and women's golf.
She also has assisted with the day-to-day nutrition needs of Tennessee's football program, including pre-lift/practice fueling, post-lift/practice recovery, preparing individualized protein shakes based on body composition goals, training table attendance and meal choice guidance.
Prior to her internship at Tennessee, Jones served one year as a contract dietitian at the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio.
Jones graduated from Kent State with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics in 2011 with magna cum laude honors.
Jones was a four-year starter on the Golden Flashes' volleyball team, earning Academic All-MAC Team honors in 2008 and 2010 and All-MAC Freshman Team honors in 2007.
Jones finished her playing career at Kent State ranked fourth in program history in service aces per set (0.41), sixth in career digs (1,150) and 10th in career service aces (124). She was a high school All-American at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Mich., and was named Michigan's "Miss Volleyball" in 2007.
Jones received her Master of Science degree in Sports Nutrition from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in 2013. She worked with both Olympic and collegiate athletes, which included team talks, hydration testing and nutrition education events and workshops. Her graduate study, Weight Management Practices of the 2012 Olympians in Combat Sports, was published in the International Journal of Wrestling Science in March of 2012.
The Michigan native also completed a 1,200-plus hour dietetic internship at Ohio State in 2014. During her internship, Jones assisted with Ohio State's football game day nutrition and the team's freshman breakfast club. She also assisted with grocery store tours and individual nutrition consults with several others sports.
Jones is a Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians association member, while as well as an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member.
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