The full-time strength coach as a profession is still in its infancy. In 1988 when I graduated from college, there were only a handful of collegiate and professional strength and conditioning coaches. Little did I know that 25 years later, I would be working in this amazing, challenging field, shaping the lives of young athletes.Read More >
One of my major concerns when I made the move to the high school ranks after almost 15 years as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach was interacting with the parents.
I am in a unique situation: a K-12 private school. I deal with questions from parents of children at many different ages. These questions range from the routine to the very off-the-wall.
Early on in my transition, I came to realization that dealing with a parent was very similar to dealing with sport coaches. Sometimes it can be a difficult situation, and other times it can be smooth. The one thing the strength and conditioning coach must have is support from their administration. A supportive athletic director, principal, and administrative staff will be the strength and conditioning coach's best friends.Read More >
A three-part series dedicated to the discussion of long-term athletic development for athletes and coaches. Athletes and new lifters are often beingpushed too hard, too fast. What actually goes into training, coaching, and developing an athlete or lifter from young/novice trainee to a superstar?Read More >
If you are spending all your time training straight line speed, you aren’t trying to get fast...
...unless of course, you are a track athlete. Then, by all means, continue.
But, if you are in every other sport where running speed is a major component of your competition, you need to reconsider your approach.Read More >
There's a huge need for educated strength and conditioning professionals more now than ever. In the last decade we’ve seen more young athletes dedicate themselves to one sport year round, and with year round competition comes increased injury risk.Read More >
You can't rush growth. Lasting growth as a coaching is like using a slow cooker versus a deep fryer. It's slow and steady, kind of boring, but works everytime.
If you're committed enough to make it past your first few years as a coach, it's important to look back and reflect on what you've learned. If I could only go back in time and tell the younger version of my some of these tips, I'd like to think that I'd bypass years of development as a coach.
So, for some of you brand new strength coaches out there, here are five things I wish I knew when I started coaching.Read More >
When I began training athletes from my parents' garage, their backyard, and the local playgrounds, describing the “methods” I implemented as “raw” would be an understatement. It was free weights, stones, bodyweight, hill sprints, jumps, tree logs…Read More >