On Record Keeping

One of the most important things you can do as a coach is keep records. You can keep track of attendance, RPE (rate of perceived exertion), training load, bat speed, playing minutes, the list goes on and on. Even something like writing daily comments about how the team and/or players are looking can serve an important purpose. Tracking these pieces of data can serve a few vitally important functions: •Accurate view of the team’s and/or … Read more

We’re on the same team

A conversation I had with one my fellow grad students got me thinking. It is very easy some times to be frustrated with the training decisions of sport coaches. Coaches may train their athletes with a frighteningly high volume of plyometrics, or run mile repeats the day before a competition. These training decisions run contrary to what we believe are prudent training decisions, based upon the physiological and biomechanical schooling that we have received. Many … Read more

The Update!

Well, this has been a long time coming. I have been extremely busy over the last few months, with the big move and all. For those who don’t know, I moved across the country from California to Johnson City, Tennessee to get my master’s degree. “Why in the world would he move to Tennessee?” you might ask. I chose to move here to join a program that is centered around Sports Science. When I was … Read more

Setting the Pace

Yesterday I made the mistake of not setting the correct pace and mindset for a client’s training session. My client is a 20 year old left tackle, who is getting ready for his move into another season of JC level football. We typically BS for a bit while he is foam rolling and stretching before his training, but this particular session, I told him about the crazy weekend I had flying out to an east … Read more

The Combination of Coaching and Programming: Part 3

Improving your programming This is part 3 of a 3-part series. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Improving your programming abilities are just as important as improving coaching. I don’t know EVERYTHING that you need to become a better coach, but I can share the things that have helped make me better. Hopefully the topics I write in the following will help you as well. ASKING WHY: Probably the best advice … Read more