The Ohio State Buckeye Strength Staff, once again, did a stellar job churning out practical training information for coaches and clinicians trying to further their knowledge of the complexities of strength training & conditioning for athletics. Ohio State's Asst A.D. for Football Sports Performance Mickey Marotti doesn't stand upon the mountaintop to proclaim that his way is the best way to achieve results. He encourages that coaches find what works for them and roll with it. Don't get too caught up in all the percentages schemes and numbers games that are out there. Take basic philosophies and develop your program around very hard work, effort and discipline. He purports that there are several ways to accomplish training... but to make sure that it's proper, safe and age appropriate. Marotti has been training championship caliber athletes for over 30 years. He's been able to take the sound approaches of the different training methodologies and combine that with proper nutrition and timely rest. Walking around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and seeing his football athletes engaging in non-training activities and then seeing them in training as well, there's no question that "Coach Mick" has a handle on the situation and the guys look the part, too!
Coach Mickey Marotti:
"Building a Program"
Clinic Director Jeff Uhlenhake had all his assignments down big time. The registration and parking process was smooth. Plenty of coffee and bagels and spreads were available for all. Vendors and booths were easy to access product information for coaches. The big strength companies...Hammer Strength, Rogers Athletic were all represented. Power-Lift was there, too and all provided clinic materials and take home note sheets. Coach Uhlenhake also organized a Clinic Speaker Staff that laid down the practical stuff that coaches on hand can add to their training tool boxes. Coach Quinn Barham gave a polished talk on Developing & Maximizing the Posterior Chain. It couldn't be covered and explained more thoroughly than what Coach Barham put down! Explanations, the exercises and the demonstrations all easy to understand and follow. And he put new addition assistant strength coach Niko Palazeti through a few of the paces!
One of the other speakers, a quite familiar face at "The Woody", was Coach Brady Collins who covered the gamut of Alternative Training Methods. This talk covered all of the warm-ups, dynamic warm-up, neck training and upper & lower body training guidelines. Collins is now the Director of Football Sports Performance at The University of Cincinnati. Brady has been featured in several ASAP Videos from his previous strength coaching stops at Kentucky Wildcats, Mississippi State Bulldogs and Ohio State. His hyped up enthusiastic style is right out of the "Marotti-Court-Oliver & Lambrinides" Handbook. When Luke Fickell accepted the Cincinnati Bearcats head football coaching assignment, he grabbed Brady Collins for the ride down I-71. Booom!
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An interesting addition to this year's clinic was when Uhlenhake tabbed OSU physical Therapist Adam Stewart who gave a really interesting talk and explanation of the Buckeyes' approach to Functional Training. Again, practical information that one can take back home and use! Also, strength intern Jimmy Rodenberg, emerged as a very good demonstrator of proper form coach!
Coach Phil Matusz covered the psychological aspects of training with his "Mental Approach to Training Under the Bar" session. University of Toledo Rockets' Director of Football Strength & Conditioning discussed and explained some effective methods to overcome budget and staff restrictions. Just about everyone can use information like Brad described!
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.
I made another trip to The Ohio State University to get first hand information from OSU's expert on dietetics for football performance, Sean McMickle. We talked extensively on the ever-evolving program at one of the nation's most highly revered football programs. McMickle, is a key figure as a performance team member established by Head Football Coach Urban Meyer and Asst' A.D. for Football Sports Performance Director Mickey Marotti.
In this podcast, we discussed:
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
If you missed our previous podcast, here's the link: More OSU Nutrition And here in this video is McMickle's Weight Gain Smoothie that includes Information, ingredient list and mixing techniques:
Coach Mick shares a meaningful message with the Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes' Ass't A.D. for Football Sports Performance, Mickey Marotti.....known around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as "Coach Mick"... is preparing to hand over the "keys", both figuratively and literally, of the OSU Buckeye Machine to his head Coach Urban Meyer The Buckeyes check in to fall camp on Sunday as the off-season grind comes to a halt and the equipment managers start issuing shoulder pads, helmets and the rest of the gear to protect the players. The team is ranked 5th in the coaches preseason poll, so you'd think that they have a ton of players returning. However, there are only a handful of starters that will take the field against the Bowling Green State Falcons on September 3rd over in the giant horseshoe Ohio Stadium.
Pre-season respect like that is a tribute to great recruiting and great preparation. Ohio State brings in some great players, but that's only part of the equation when you're making runs at national championships. Preparation is also a huge piece of the pie and Coach Marotti has the experience to help guide these elite athletes to a higher level.
Check out our ASAP exclusive behind the scenes photos and videos of the Ohio State Buckeyes in training!
Coach Mickey Marotti, the Asst AD for Football Sports Performance at Ohio State, and Head Coach Urban Meyer have their team prepared to make another run for a national championship and as of press time they have a 20 game winning streak....longest current winning streak in college football.
Our trip up I-71N to Columbus went well until we came to a thirty minute virtual standstill. We never did see any reason for it...but that's the way it sometimes goes on the ASAP Summer road tour. Anyway, we arrived early for the 5:45a.m. workout with the first group. There wasn't any student traffic on Olentangy Road at that hour, with the exception of some earlybird Ohio State Football squad members negotiating the rain and night darkness as they turned into the venerable Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Coach Mick Marotti and his staff were well prepared as the Buckeye players started filing in. Coach Kenny Parker, Phil Matusz , Jeff Uhlenhake and newcomer Brady Collins were all set to go. As for the players, there's no doubt that this group of Buckeyes will have high expectations and will be making another run at a national championship. So they were ready for more of "The GRIND".
For a look at some of the players and facility shots click here or on THE GRIND pic