Less than 24 hours after saying the team would go outside the program for its new strength coach, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson on Thursday announced the hiring of Keith Caton as its new head strength and conditioning coach.
Caton (pronounced KAY-ton) spent the last four seasons as Baylor's director of football for athletic performance.
"Keith's skill set and personality are a perfect fit for us," Wilson said in a statement. "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."
During Caton's time as director of football for athletic performance, Baylor finished with a 40-12 record over those four seasons including three-straight 10-win seasons over the last three.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be a Hoosier and to work for Coach Wilson and his staff," Caton said in the same statement. "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!"
Prior to working for Baylor, Caton had experience at five other schools.
He joined for Western Kentucky after assisting the football, baseball, softball and equestrian programs at Auburn from 2001-03 and overseeing all varsity sports at Elon as its head strength and conditioning coach in January 2004.
Caton led the entire strength program for Western Kentucky's men's basketball team during the 2004-05 season, then the strength programs for baseball and track & field for the school in a second stint from 2011-12. In each of those four years at Western Kentucky, he also assisted with the football team's strength program.
His success working with the men's basketball program led to him getting hired by Missouri as its asssistant strength and conditioning coach in August 2005. That year, he also served as the director of the Mizzou Performance Club, the fundraising arm of the strength and conditioning program which helped raise money to buy new equipment. He was also responsible for leading the design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for Tigers baseball and wrestling.
Caton played football from 1995-99 at the University of Southern Missippi, where he received his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology in the spring of 1999. He stayed on with the program as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant from June 1999 to May 2001. That May, he completed his masters in coaching/sports administration from Southern Miss. He received a specialist degree in education from Auburn in 2003.
His experience also allowed him to teach a masters-level class at Baylor during his time there.
"He is a dynamic leader with great ideas, tremendous energy and a strong coaching background," Wilson said. "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."