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A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and the son of Robin and Ruth Hook of Texas Township, Jared hook serves as Next Level Performance’s Director of Baseball & Softball.
A three year starter for Coach Paul Schneider at Portage Central, Hook was part of several league and county championship squads with the Mustangs winning a District Championship his senior season. Following his senior year, Hook was named to the Michigan Dream Team and played in the Michigan High School All Star Game at Comerica Park.
A Michigan State Baseball recruit, Hook joined the Spartan Baseball Team in the fall of 2008. A preseason knee injury sidelined him during his Freshman campaign in 2009. He rehabbed and returned to the diamond for the 2010 season as a back-up infielder for the Spartans. During the summer of 2010 and 2011, Hook played in The Great Lakes Collegiate League for the Southern Ohio Copperheads advancing to the league playoffs each season. He earned the starting role as the Spartan Designated Hitter in 2011 and was part of the first MSU Big Ten Baseball Championship Team since 1979. Finishing in the top 10 in the conference with a .341 batting average, Hook received 2011 All Big Ten honors and earned the Steve Garvey Most Improved Player Award for the Spartans. As a first baseman and DH, Hook helped the 2012 Spartans earn a berth in the 2012 NCAA College Baseball Championship Tournament traveling to a West Regional hosted by Stanford.
Following a second knee injury while playing with the Battle Creek Bombers in the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League in 2012, Hook graduated in December of that year from MSU.
Married to another Portage Central Alum, Sarah (May) Hook, a Physician Assistant at Bronson Hospital, Jared and his wife live in Texas Township with their dog Rookie.
Jared Hook serves as Next Level’s Director of Baseball in NLP’s baseball development program.