Hernandez spent the last seven seasons at Illinois and is credited with transforming the roster during his time. According to the Illinois official web site, only one player had a power clean exceeding 300 pounds in 2005 and Hernandez grew that number to approximately 40 by 2010.
After spending 10 years at the University of Houston (’92-’01), including the last five years as the head strength and conditioning coach, Hernandez worked with the New York Jets for one season before working as the assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Florida from 2002-04.
Hernandez has worked alongside UNC head coach Larry Fedora at Florida and UNC co-defensive coordinators Vic Koenning and Dan Disch at Illinois.
The Alice, Tex. native earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science and master's degree in exercise and health-related fitness from Houston. Hernandez and his wife Kristin have two daughters, Romy Ella and Katirena Rose.
Hernandez replaces former UNC strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski, who accepted the same job with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 24.