Jonathan Hood B.A. (HONS), M.A.
Jonathan Hood is a professional athlete, motivational speaker, personal coach and youth mentor. He grew up in Mississauga, ON, and excelled in many sports. In 2004, he accepted a football scholarship to St. Francis Xavier University. At STFX, he completed a bachelor’s degree with honours in Psychology. He's also made accomplishments on the field. In 2007, Jonathan set a CIS record for the longest kick return for a touchdown (128 yards), scored 5 touchdowns and was an AUS All-Star.
In 2008, he was drafted 26th overall in the CFL to the Edmonton Eskimos. He spent half a season with the Eskimos before returning to school to complete a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sports Psychology at the University of Western Ontario.
Jonathan signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2010. That year, he had 10 special team tackles in 14 games. Then in 2011, he was third in the league in special team tackles with 22.
Jonathan is heavily involved in the community. Aside from coaching young leaders at GTA Youth Athletics football camps, he runs a high school youth mentoring program alongside Ryan Hinds. He also speaks at various events, schools, convocation ceremonies and business luncheons. He is part of a multitude of community initiatives with The CFL that are aimed at promoting a healthy active lifestyle.
His organization is committed to responding to a need by not only building physical skills, but also in-depth knowledge of the game of football.