Take one step into the University of Maryland's Football Strength & Conditioning facility and you'll be ready to grab a trapbar or attempt a set of logbar bench presses. Stuff can get crazy in there with the Assistant A.D. for Football Sports Performance Rick Court, who seemingly can be in multiple places at one time. His enthusiasm is infectious and the Terrapins are beginning to show evidence of over a year under Coach Court's watchful eyes. Not much gets past him and you'd best bring your "A" game or things could go south real quickly. The players are feeling the love. They're also starting to look like bigtime college football players. Coach Rick Court has orchestrated this scenario with Head Football Coach D.J. Durkin and together they have huge plans for the program at Maryland.
Of the many things that Court has under his umbrella, one big part is adding Mason Baggett as the team's Football Performance Coordinator. This move propels Maryland Football in unison with current sports science models. Bi-weekly meetings with the Sports Med Dept, the team nutritionist, academics as well as strength training operations and strength staff professional development keep Coach Baggett on the constant go. And, let's not forget his personal workout time that allows him to try to stay a step in front of the young Terrapins. As a matter of fact, myself and NFL sports science tracking data expert Ted Lambrinides, witnessed Mason perform a reverse heavy ball toss from the 10 yard line that sailed over the crossbar!
Coach Baggett and I sat down in the Maryland Football Tight-Ends room to record this ASAP Podcast during our visit to College Park last week. Also, Coach Court, Baggett, Lambrinides and myself donned construction site hard hats for an exclusive tour of the renovation progress of the venerable Cole Fieldhouse, a 200 million dollar undertaking that promises to be one of the top training facilities in the world. Stop back to our ASAP website for facility update photos.
For now, here's the ASAP Podcast with Coach Mason Baggett.
The sports nutrition side of training for athletics has become a large slice of the pie in collegiate sports. Its importance is now thought of as a key factor in the overall development of athletes. Poor eating habits coupled with poor food choices is a double whammy against optimal growth. College coaches have a four to maybe five year window of opportunity to develop their athletes to their potential. And, of course, in some instances where a superb athlete may make the jump to professional sports, that time frame might even be shorter. Therefore, it's quite critical to begin the developmental process as soon as the athlete lands on campus. It's no longer a "Hey.... be sure to eat your fruits and vegetables" world. There's too much on the line.
ASAP went to The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and sat down at the table with Stephanie Horvath, who is the Director of Performance Nutrition at the storied Southeastern Conference football power where there are six National Championship banners in tow. A pretty impressive fact of college football history and Head Football Coach Butch Jones would like to make it a seventh one day. The Tennessee Volunteers' fan base has a huge amount of pride in the 'orange and white' and has high expectations. So to keep the progress rising, the the Vols will need every edge that they can get! That's where Stephanie Horvath enters the picture. Being a former Division 1 athlete herself, she understands the whole deal and how properly fueling the athletic body can give an athlete the edge that they desire. Since the coaches look for any advantage that they can attain, the nutrition aspect could be a difference maker and lead to a winning performance. The fact that Stephanie was a member of the Indiana Hoosiers Rowing squad, she learned the value of proper fueling for athletics. It served as a catalyst for her career that landed her at Ol' Rocky Top and directing the sports nutrition program at U.T.. The athletes there are extremely glad she's now in Knoxville. Me too! Because, I got to try one of her Strawberry/Vanilla smoothies and it's a winner! Go Vols!
In this podcast, Stephanie shares her story of how she was able to encounter such a great opportunity with the Tennessee program. Even better, she explains some great tips for becoming a well educated athlete and some of the requirements for fueling those athletic endeavors!
ASAP PODCASTER Ed Cicale traveled up the Clifton incline toward The University of Cincinnati, where just down the road, lives retired strength coach Kim Wood. He spent over thirty years with the Cincinnati Bengals and hung around with the legendary NFL coaching great, Paul Brown. During his coach days, Coach Wood took a stand against drugs in sports and hasn't backed down! In fact, he's more feisty than ever and has his sleeves rolled up to take on anyone who disagrees. He's old school in a new school NFL. If he was in charge, there'd be few drug problems and less glitzy training centers around. Interestingly, despite having a decent retirement nest and benefits, he's only mastered Maxwell House Instant Coffee in the days of Keurig Coffee Makers and French Presses! His Facebook page is a tip-of-the hat to the days without smartphones, uploads and Tweets..... though done quite nicely using the Facebook 2017 format. His front yard has weightlifting decks should you feel the need to hoist and olde time barbell or Russian kettlebell. Out back, where some might have their Weber grill.... Coach Has a Lat-Pulldown pulldown machine. His home gym resembles a Swiss ski chalet with fine woods and lighting that cascades inside. Outside, giant evergreens keep the room shaded from the afternoon sun. Each room in his spacious home has training equipment, yes, even the bedrooms.... some of which is highly regarded as collector items by museum types but for Kim, just basic stuff for a daily training regimen. Like good music during the workout? He's in possession of over 10,000 record albums and music CDs. Fancy cars? Nope..... just a 1989 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck with lapbelt seatbelts and some giant weight plates laying in the truck bed.
He loves football, but sometimes doesn't care for the direction that it's headed. Especially when it comes to the safety of the players. Coach Wood has seen many of his former players and friends encounter difficult times as they've aged and believes that the game's forces and hits that they came across while playing, are directly responsible for their present condition. Therefore, he's continuing his stance that more has to be done:
*more research on the brain as it relates to football
*further advanced training of the head and neck to further prepare the players' bodies for the violent contact.
The longtime coach and Nautilus training advocate was also one of the original founders of the world renowned HAMMER STRENGTH training equipment.
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There's construction going on at the University of Cincinnati. Yes, The Fifth/Third Arena is undergoing a huge renovation...... but, the UC Bearcat Football team is under new direction after their hire of Head Football Coach Luke Fickell and the squad is under construction, too. Enter Coach Brady Collins. He's the guy that Coach Fickell has entrusted to lead his young Bearcats as the Director of Football Sports Performance. Once Fickell had landed from the short flight south of Columbus, Ohio, he summoned Collins for the task. Coach Collins has been well schooled for the assignment, as he spent a few years at the University of Kentucky with Ray "ROCK" Oliver and Ted Lambrinides. From there, he made his way south and deeper into SEC Football at Mississippi State at first with Matt Balis and then under Rick Court. Then it was on to Columbus and the Ohio State Buckeyes where he worked under Master Strength Coach Mickey Marotti. What a ton of great athletes and coaches whom Brady Collins has been around!
Podcast discussion points:
- Coaching Background
- How things are getting "juiced up" in Cincinnati
- Some training ideas and tips from the trenches
- The upcoming 25th Anniversary HAMMER STRENGTH Clinic
One of the featured speakers at the 34th Annual University of Tennessee Strength & Conditioning Clinic was Coach Darl Bauer. He's the Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning for the West Virginia Mountaineers Football Team. You've probably seen him in several of our ASAP Videos and he has become a sought after speaker for several clinics, including Coach Kim Wood's FOOTBALL STRENGTH CLINICS.
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When it's 75 degrees in February, life is good! Even better if you're in Knoxville, Tennessee at the home of the U.T. #VOLS. ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power~ caught up with Greg Adamson, an assistant strength & conditioning coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers for this ASAP Podcast. He works with over one hundred and twenty athletes from such sports as:
- Men's and Women's Swimming
Coach Adamson, has a great grasp for adapting to taking on the training of multiple sports. His role at UT has evolved over the years as he originally came down to Tennessee with Coach Dave Lawson to train the Vols football squad. Soon, Greg will be training his athletes in a completely new and refurbished strength training complex and implementing the ever changing techniques and applications of sports science to help fully develop his teams as they try to compete for Southeastern Conference (SEC) and ultimately, National Championships.
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For this ASAP Podcast, we traveled I-75 just about to its Ohio-Michigan border, crossed over the Maumee River to the University of Toledo. it's a pretty cool looking campus because just about all of the buildings are constructed with the same Indiana limestone. In fact, much of the football stadium, called the Glass Bowl, utilizes the same rock. Great looking college campus. And a couple of miles away is where our nutritional fuel-up took place.... a little place called Scrambler Marie's. And that's where to go for a really great breakfast. REAL. And that's the way we keep it on our ASAP Roadtrips.
While speaking with Brad Bichey, the Rocket's Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Football, decorations that included hearts and flowers and chocolates were all being cleaned up and put away. Coach Bichey and his staff had just celebrated Valentines day with the football squad! A special workout just for the players. It's a little workout plan that he picked up off one of his coaching mentors, Ohio State's Mickey Marotti.
For today's podcast, brought to you by TEAMBUILDR just click the PLAY button to hear all about it...and about the training program used by the Toledo Rockets. ALso, take note of the squat tips that Coach Brad Bichey gave out!
ASAP made the visit to Bowling Green State University to check in on the Director of Strength & Conditioning Kenny Goodrich. In our ASAP Podcast Coach Goodrich shared great information about how he runs a program at a school that has 18 sports.... and they all have a need to train! Coach Goodrich figures it out and does it through his skills and understanding of interpersonal relationship building with the many coaches and athletes. Kenny has an infectious love of his profession and the BGSU Falcon athletes are blessed to have a dedicated and knowledgeable coach like him.
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The field of Sports Nutrition is on the grow. College and professional teams are not only seeking advice from nutritionists for their teams, but they're hiring full-time dietitians to direct programs that apply the science of nutrition to enhance their athletes' performances.
- the OSU Football performance team
- Methods of feeding the Buckeye Football Machine
- choosing meats wisely for optimal sports enhancement
- Typical Buckeye Breakfast
- expanding the sports nutrition at OSU
- OSU's nutrition Master's program
- Buckeye "Victory Meal"
- a super calorie weight gain smoothie
- OSU Football Sports Nutrition social media
As usual, ASAP Podcasts only settle for the top professionals in the business. And in this case, nothing changes..... straight to the pinnacle. College basketball's all time winningest program! We went right to the head of the class for this one. We have been to Lexington previously as we have always been in close contact with Coach Ray "Rock" Oliver. But Rock has moved up to an administration role at Kentucky. Nowadays, the man in charge of training the elite players that Head Coach John Calipari recruits for the Kentucky Wildcats is Coach Robert Harris. He took over after a stint as the assistant for Coach Oliver and the transition has been as smooth as an uncontested Wildcat layup. Harris knows the ropes and knows how to motivate top level athletes to push themselves. His background also had stops at Arkansas and even spent some time working with NFL players just up I-75 North at the Cincinnati Bengals, where he learned and gathered some insights under Coach Chip Morton.
ASAP Podcast at the University of Pittsburgh with Pitt Panthers Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Dave Andrews.
Our 2016 ASAP Podcast with The Asst. Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance: Coach Rick Court
Clemson Tiger Strength Talk with Veteran Asst’ Director of Football Strength Training Larry Greenlee
Here's our exclusive ASAP Podcast with Clemson Football's Asst. Director of Strength & Conditioning, Larry Greenlee.
ASAP Podcast at the University of South Carolina Gamecocks with Director of Football Strength Jeff Dillman
It was warming up in Columbia, South Carolina during the ASAP SEC Strength Tour..... as it neared 100 degrees. But the palm trees nearby and comfy AC in the University of South Carolina Gamecocks' football strength training center made it all worth it as we got to see the Director of Football Strength & Conditioning, Jeff Dillman.
ASAP made its way to the ATL to check in on the fast growing program at Georgia State University. It's located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is home to around 50,000 students! So by enrollment numbers it's the largest college in Georgia. The athletics program is a member of the Sunbelt Conference and the Panther Football squad won their first bowl game last year after only 6 years of existence. Not bad.
There's a lot of talk and writing about the Paleo Diet and it's almost a Gluten-Free world that we live in now...... or is it? And what is the big deal about gluten? And for that matter, the Paleo Diet? What is a Paleo Diet?
ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power headed down to Starkville, Mississippi. No, we didn't wait for a cool off. We like to get down there to feel, first hand, the SEC heat! So after a dinner the night before at Oby's, that included some alligator poboys, we settled in at the newest Marriott in town to get ready to see the 'Dawgs in a morning training session. After the workout, we tracked down new Head Strength And Conditioning Coach Nick Savage, who is midway through his first year at Mississippi State University.