1. How long have you been coaching?
I am going on eight years as a teacher and S&C coach at Brunswick High School with three years of personal training prior to that. I teach weight lifting, Health, and Physical Education classes along with running our before and after school s&c program.
2. What is your educational and employment background?
I received my bachelor's in education from Cleveland State University where I was a member of the swimming and diving program. I later attended the University of Akron where I received my master's in exercise science.
3. What certifications do you have?
Certified C.S.C.S through NSCA
4. What training methods do you implement in your programs or what it's your coaching philosophy?
I have taken something from every coach that I had the opportunity to work with. The biggest thing was keeping things simple and the rest will take care of itself. Consistent Purposeful Effort are the three words we live by.
The way our weight room is run has changed tremendously over the last few years. I look at some of the programming I did 8 years ago and question was that effective and how can we improve on it. I have really started working the 5-3-1 program with the majority of my teams. I like the daily assessment that this program provides.
Every team has an individualized program tailored to their specific sport needs. However, a lot of the main staple exercises are used between teams. I think that there is value in having the same athletes train together that compete together. I ask my athletes "How can you trust someone to compete on game day when you couldn't show up to lifting?"
Athletes have the choice of taking a strength training class during the day or training before/ after school. Student's that take the class don't have to come to team training after school.
5. What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you first started?
There is a lot of support out there for this position. When I first started I had only worked with a handful of teams. Now that the coaches see what we have to offer they are fully on board with YEAR ROUND training. Coaches need to see what you bring to the table for them to understand why their teams should work with you.
I did this by offering my time to as many sports coaches as possible and the rest caught on once they saw the end result.
There is permanent improvement money you can use towards the weight room if you use the room for class purposes.
6. Do you have anything new or unique to your program that you would be willing to share? (Motivation techniques, assessments, training programs, technology, surveys, communication methods, fundraising, etc).
We have tier system that we use for some of our teams. The ultimate blue devil program counts attendance, physical, and academic performance. I use this mainly during the start of the off-season through the end of summer. We also try and promote our program as much as possible and you will see plenty of students wearing S&C shirts that they earned or bought via a fundraiser.
Other than that, I think you will see a lot of the same stuff in other programs.
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