Michelle Diltz – Intentional Self Evaluation – Episode 14

The University of Alabama may be famous for their dominant football program, but there are a lot of elite athletes being trained in Tuscaloosa that have never stepped on the gridiron. Their strength coach, Michelle Diltz, has been one of the best in the profession for the last 15 years. In this conversation, Diltz shares how this unusual year allowed …

Rick Sneade – Transformational Mindset Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty – Episode 13

Last Wednesday, Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, Maryland returned to strength and conditioning within COVID-19 protocols. Their director of strength and performance, Rick Sneade, speaks about his initial reactions, lessons learned and the preparation that made it possible. Sneade believes in the power of transformational coaching instead of the smaller-picture, transactional mindset, and it has been a guiding principle …

Don Day – The Dangers of Arrogance – Episode 12

Don Day opens up about the mistakes he made earlier in his career, how he learned from those mistakes and why he feels arrogance presents a huge pitfall for young strength and conditioning coaches. The director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports at Georgia Southern University seemed to be on the fast track to becoming a high-paid, Power-Five football …

Lee Weber – Training Like Cats, Not Dogs – Episode 11

Faster athletes will cover a multitude of other shortcomings in an athletic program. That’s why Lee Weber, the head strength and conditioning and football coach at Rose Hill High School in Kansas, prioritizes training speed in his programming. Not only does Weber make speed a priority, he has invested some serious time into understanding how to train speed optimally. Heavily …

Dr. Douglas Casa – Returning To Training Safely During A Pandemic – Episode 10

The Korey Stringer Institute (KSI), with the help of several other experts in the field of sports medicine and athletic performance, has published a critical document with recommendations on how to return to sports and exercise safely during the current pandemic. In this episode, Dr. Douglas Casa, the CEO at KSI, shares his perspective on this document and the unique …

Reb Brock – Six-Year Plan for Long Term Athletic Development – Episode 9

Reb Brock, the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas, shares his process for developing young athletes from completely novice lifters to athletes who demonstrate expert fundamental movement and technique. Brock espouses a patient approach to developing young athletes over several years, focusing on perfecting movement before looking to add weight or working on …

Justin Lima – Training Smarter AND Harder – Episode 8

Justin Lima, the Director of Football Performance at Towson University, joins us to break down how coaches should utilize the concept of acute to chronic training workload to minimize the risk of injury and have confidence in how hard they are pushing their athletes. When it comes to athletic performance, coaches are far more likely to embrace uncomfortably hard training …

Tobias Jacobi – Educators and Students of Athletic Performance – Episode 7

Tobias Jacobi fills a lot of roles at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, Georgia. He takes each of them seriously, including the title of educator, which he embraces in a way that brings both job security and a fresh perspective on his role as a strength coach. As an Associate A.D. and strength coach, he advocates for his athletes …

Chris Nichols – No Excuses Mentality – Episode 6

Chris Nichols, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS), opens up about the harsh adversity of being hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, and how it ultimately made him a better leader and strength coach. Nichols has never been one to back down from a challenge, but when the former Army fullback …

Missy Mitchell-McBeth – Building Strong Sport-Coach Relationships – Episode 5

Missy Mitchell-McBeth, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, details how she works to build stronger relationships with the sport coaches she works side-by-side with year round. Mitchell-McBeth speaks plainly about some of the frustrations that occur when sport and strength coaches aren’t on the same page, how to achieve productive and safe …