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!
Recently, ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power checked in to Starkville, Mississippi as we wanted to see how first year Head Strength Coach Nick Savage, the rest of his staff and the Bulldogs are doing as they prep for the 2016 college football campaign. Coach Savage, who took over following the departure of Rick Court to the University of Maryland, has the Mississippi State Bulldogs going full throttle as they head their way into another fiercely competitive SEC Football season. We caught the "Dawgs" on an "upper" day that also included a trip through the giant glass door out to the practice field for some dynamic warm-ups, agility work and finally some resistance runs with chains.
After the workouts were completed, Coach Savage and I sat down for this podcast (please excuse the technical issue with the microphones) and discussed the progress that the MSU Bulldogs have been making during the early 2016 year, day to day coaching matters and issues and how his particular journey has lead him, at the age of 27, to this high powered football team under the direction of Head Football Coach Dan Mullen.
Just back from another trip to see that West Virginia Mountaineers! Head Strength Coach Mike Joseph and Assistant Darl Bauer have been grinding away....as well as their WVU Football squad. The team is looking really fit and prepped for another round at Big 12 football.
You may recall last year's visit and photos, here's an ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 version of the West Virginia Mountaineers' strength & conditioning program.
Here's the college football program poised to have a seat at the table with the big boys. Tennessee. They have the pieces that can place themselves back in the top ten in the nation. Coach Butch Jones has been getting things on track for another step up. Strength Coach Mike Szerszen knows that there's no time to waste in the preparation of the 120th edition of Tennessee Football.
Check out some of the pics here or click on the weight plates above.
Strength Coach Aaron Hillmann recently headed the training at the University of Illinois. He had a previous role as head strength coach at Bowling Green State University prior to his short stint with the Michigan Wolverines under Aaron Wellman. Coach Hillmann has also worked with OSU Coach Mickey Marotti in the past.
Here's an ASAP PODCAST with the veteran and master strength and conditioning coach, Aaron Hillmann:
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Michigan State Football has something that a lot football programs would love to have: a strength & conditioning coach the caliber of Ken Mannie. Football coaches Nick Saban and Mark Dantonio have known about him for years..... but now, it's no secret! ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power has known all along. Coach Mannie has just completed his twenty first year at the Big Ten institution in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans have been conquering some big battles over the last few years and the pay-offs have been huge. Big Ten Championships, Rose Bowl Champs, Cotton Bowl Champs, College Football Playoffs. They're a pretty big deal these days, but it hasn't changed Mannie a bit. It's still intense, full go training. Earnestness. Fervor. Tough love. "Earn the Jersey"
Here's a little video that depicts the whole deal:Go Green!
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Our long time colleague Al Johnson is is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers down in .....of all places.... Johnson City, Tennessee! In today's ASAP Podcast, brought to you by TEAMBUILDR, you'll get a sampling of why Al Johnson is still one of the premier strength coaches in the field. PASSION!
This coming season, the ETSU Buccaneers have will begin a second year of football after many years of not having a football program. They definitely have a well experienced coach directing their training regimen, as Coach Johnson has a resume' that basically speaks for itself. He's well connected, networked and well known throughout the strength training community, having worked with several big time programs that include the Baltimore Orioles and of course his tenure at Ohio State that culminated in a 2002 BCS National Championship with the Buckeyes. He also spent 14 years at Morgantown, West Virginia with WVU's Mountaineers.
The Tennessee Vols are prepping for their 2016 Strength Clinic to be held on Feb 26th & 27th 2016. Coach Michael Szerszen and Head Strength Coach Dave Lawson are hosting this event and have planned a well rounded itinerary for strength coaches, physical therapists, athletic trainers, fitness professionals and personal trainers. Be sure to check out the brochure for all of the pertinent information. Then get ready to head to Knoxville! The weight training center there is really something to see...one of the top sports performance training centers in the world. At ASAP, we have been singing the praises of what's going on down there in Knoxville for a few years...ever since Head Coach Butch Jones arrived on the scene. This football program is on a steady incline and finished off a nice 2015 season with a very convincing win in the . Jones is putting the pieces in place and Head Strength Coach Dave Lawson takes the raw talent and trains them for the SEC brand of football that takes place on those Saturday afternoons at Neyland Stadium in front of over 104,000 fans. As a consequence to all of the exciting things taking place in Knoxville, Tennessee Vols Football is poised to become part of the national conversation of college football again! Good 'ol Rocky Top! So get registered for this clinic....even if it's just to feel the ambiance of one of the crown jewels of collegiate strength training. When they designed the Anderson Training Center, they did it right!