I encourage you to learn from great leaders of different disciplines. I consider the late four-star Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. a great leader and highly recommend his book; It Doesn’t Take a Hero. Recently, I watched several of his presentations on YouTube. The first address was to the Cadets of West Point, immediately before
Coaching and Leadership
Never overlook the simple, effective and easy to administer: Post Workout Chocolate Milk. Regular and chocolate milk have been used for many years as an after exercise supplement by high school and university athletic programs. It’s premixed, safe and effective. Also important is the fact that most kids like the taste. Chocolate milk is a product
1. Show up. Do your best. “Do your best, where you are, with what you have, right now.” T. Roosevelt “The big time is wherever you are.” E. Johnson 2. Create the Special. There must be Pride in the Unit. “Nothing is special, if you don’t make it special.” M. Gentry Create the Environment.
Most of us in the high school and collegiate athletic ranks share the need for more revenue to fund our athletic programs. With the multiplicity of needs in an athletic department, the strength and conditioning program’s needs are often not seen as the highest priority. Understandably, urgency often creates the priority in a cash-starved enterprise.
Creating the Environment 1. Accept responsibility for the success of your program. 2. Be present. You can’t coach from the office. You must be physically present at each workout. 3. Go over the rules and expectations of the program and facility before any training begins. Include a written copy. Be consistent in your enforcement of
The time limitations that are in place make it even more critical for the strength and conditioning coaches to get the most out of each session. Although the primary job for strength coaches across America is to make their athletes bigger, faster, and stronger; I would argue that the greatest purpose for any strength coach
1. Life isn’t a linear progression, it’s more like undulating periodization. 2. The human shoulder isn’t made for heavy bench pressing, at least not for most of us. 3. Nothing is special if you don’t make it special. 4. Hydration is more important than we think. 5. Don’t judge yourself or others by physique or
As you develop your training philosophy and methodology, you will be exposed to different ideas. Here are some questions you might ask yourself as you determine if new or different methods are right for your kids and your program. You are the gatekeeper for your program. 1. Do these training methods make sense to you?
It has been my honor and good fortune to know and learn from a true legend in the strength and conditioning coaching profession, Coach Johnny Parker. Coach Parker was a pioneer in our industry following people like Alvin Roy and Lou Riecke. Johnny was the first Strength and Conditioning Coach hired in the Big Ten
Coach John Shuman is an icon. In a time of sensationalism and over-hype it’s great to see a man of consistent blue collar toughness receive recognition for providing genuine value to his institution and the student athletes he’s taught and coached. Coach Shuman started his career at a time when a man stepped up to