Friday, April 30th and Saturday May 1st marked the 4th annual Villanova Strength and Conditioning Clinic. This clinic is fast becoming a must for coaches in the Northeast. So much so, that starting in 2011 it will serve as one of the Hammer Strength sponsored clinic stops. When I was asked to speak, this was a no brainer. I want to specially thank Lon and Justus for giving me an opportunity to be apart of this event.
This is the first clinic I have spoken at in a while that has a dual track. A dual track for those that an unfamiliar with this format is 2 speakers speaking a the same time. Lon hosted the event and was also to liaison to the basketball track and Justus was the lead for the football track. I want to congratulate Justus for being named American Football Monthly FCS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. That is a huge accomplishment as is winning the FBS National Championship.
The clinic started on Friday evening. I did not arrive until Saturday morning as I attended the Elite 11 Regional QB camp at The Ohio State University with my son. He held his own with some very talented guys. I was proud of the way he handled himself. As you can guess I spent the day on the football side of things although I wished I would have listened to Heather Mason of Tennessee speak. I have a tremendous amount for respect for Heather and enjoy her presentations. She works for a true living legend in Coach Pat Summitt.
One of my favorites, Al Johnson started the day off on the football side of things. Al spoke on a similar topic as San Jose but, this time he had some football prayers demo some of his competition finishers.
Buddy Morris was next. I love Buddy. He is one of the "realist" guys I have met in this field. My first encounter from Buddy was a phone call 8 years ago when he heard we were doing some Westside principles. From there I have had the pleasure of being apart of his crew and feel honored that he trusts me and we can agree to disagree on things without acting like donkeys to one another. Buddy spoke on his training methodology and how he trains the BIG SKILL aka Linemen at University of Pittsburgh. As much as I would like to give you some insight to what he said, I would do it an injustice. You will just have to trust when I say, Buddy is the one of the smartest coaches I have ever met, hands down!!!
Tony Decker spoke next on rehabilitation and you relationship with the training staff.
I spoke after lunch and pretty much spoke about developing you system of training. My goal was to get people thinking about how they should bring the artistic and creative approach to the science of training. We must remember our laboratory is the gym so we have the ability to see things that cannot be read in a book or journal.
John McKenna spoke on varied implement training to finish the day. Battling ropes, kettle bells etc.
Overall a great day. Now heading to Orlando for the CSCCa. I will be there all day Thursday. Hit me up if you are there.
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