A few weeks back during the College World Series ESPN.com had a week of several articles, and interviews with strength coaches from around the nation. It was good to see the field of strength and conditioning getting a little recognition.
In Coach Marotti’s interview he states how we are with the kids much more than anyone else on the staff. This statement is so true. He also goes on to essentially say while the coaches are off on vacation during the summer, the strength staff is grinding it out in the heat working for the upcoming fall. The problem with the picture is that a strength staff is just as important as any position coach on the team in my opinion. Obviously, I have a skewed opinion, but what high level program would eliminate their strength and conditioning program. No one would because it’s too important. So why is it that strength staffs are among the lowest paid members of an athletic department? I do understand that is about the athletes you get, but it’s also about the athletes you develop and injuries you prevent. Someday strength coaches will be looked upon as equals when it comes to coordinators or other head coaches, and not just as lowly meatheads yelling at kids to bench press more.
Another quick article I found online was an interview with newly hired Central Michigan University coach Dan Enos. Coach Enos brought a new staff in including my mentor and college strength coach Rick Perry. Here are Coach Enos’ words so far on the strength program. Coach Perry does a terrific job and is the reason that I am a strength and conditioning coach today.
Dan Enos: “The strength and conditioning program has been outstanding. When I say that, I get my feedback from the players. I have met with all the guys and part of what I talk about with them is the strength and conditioning program. When those guys come in and tell me that they love it and they never have had these types of gains before and they are stronger than they have ever been, I think the proof is in the pudding there.
I love what Coach Perry is doing. There are a lot of things that come into play in the fourth quarter of a game. Coach Perry wasn’t calling plays in the fourth quarter for Notre Dame and he wasn’t tackling anyone on the field.
I think like everything in our program, we have incorporated some things we have all learned through the years. Rick is incorporating some things he has learned at Notre Dame, but he has his own ideas as well. But, so far the feedback from the players has been unbelievably positive and that has us excited.”