Jordan oversees all nutrition related services for athletes and football operations for the San Francisco 49ers football team. He leads all aspects of food and nutrition for the sports nutrition program and enhance performance and recovery through optimal nutrition. He works closely with the Strength and Conditioning Staff and Sports Medicine team on all aspects of athlete care, nutrition, and recovery.
Prior to joining the 49ers, Jordan was the Director of Sports Nutrition for UC Berkeley Athletics, overseeing all 30 sports and 900 athletes. Jordan is a Registered Dietitian and has a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University.
What do you think are the three most important factors to being physically fit?
1 – Mindset
2 – Fueling with a purpose
3 – Consistency
Describe your sports journey. How did you begin?
Growing up as an athlete, I always had an interest in both sports and health. I knew I wanted to study nutrition as I was always amazed at how food makes the body run. As I took classes and finished my degree in nutrition from the University of Connecticut, I took a sports nutrition class that really triggered my interested in sports nutrition and made me realize how much of an impact nutrition can play in helping or hurting performance. From there, I decided to get a clinical foundation in nutrition in a hospital before deciding to further develop my understanding of physiology and nutrition by attending Florida State University where I obtained my master’s degree in exercise science and sports nutrition. This allowed me to really get an in depth understanding of how exercise and nutrition go hand in hand in order to reach peak athletic potential. While, at FSU I also completed my dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. From FSU I was able to work as a nutrition fellow with the Philadelphia Eagles where I was able to gain even more knowledge and practical application of nutrition and observe a high performance setting. I then took a position as the Director of Sports Nutrition at UC Berkeley to work with a wide range of athletes before landing at my current position with the San Francisco 49ers.
How would you like to grow in the athletic sphere in the future?
Nutrition is always evolving and research is giving us more and more information to how nutrition can impact health and performance. I always continue to learn and evolve based on science as it also evolves. I hope to further my knowledge and understanding of strength and conditioning and get my CSCS credential to broaden my knowledge base between nutrition and performance.