• Coaches Corner with Brandon Marcello
    Brandon Marcello is the Director of Sports Performance at Stanford University, where he oversees all aspects of athletic performance enhancement for 36 intercollegiate sports. With more than 16 years experience, Marcello has worked with the United States of America Softball team, EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance), the IMG Academies, top Division I teams, international sports federations, and a number of athletic apparel companies. Marcello's work appears regularly in various journals, textbooks, and periodicals.
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  • CoachesCornerBannerBrandon MarcelloBrandon Marcello, PhD, CSCS, USAW
    Brandon Marcello was named the Director of Sports Performance at Stanford University in December of 2007. In this role, he oversees all aspects of athletic performance enhancement for 36 intercollegiate sports. Acting as the chief administrator for the Sports Performance Department, Marcello’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: budget oversight, facility design and equipment layout, nutritional strategies, staff development, and directing methodology. Marcello has over 16 years of experience in the area of athletic performance, most recently serving as the Director of Performance for the United States of America Softball team. 

    Marcello was a co-founder of EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) in Tempe, AZ, a world-class training facility for professional and elite athletes. Prior to his work there, Marcello was also a performance specialist at the International Performance Institute (IPI) of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Marcello’s work appears regularly in various journals, textbooks, and periodicals. He has served as a consultant to a lot of top Division I teams, international sports federations, as well as Adidas International, Under Armour, and Nike. Marcello holds a PhD in Sports Nutrition and certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and USA Weightlifting (USAW).

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    1. How long have you been working in the field of strength and conditioning?
    Since 1996

    2. What is your training style/methods regarding training?
    I subscribe to a movement-based methodology. So I am looking to improve movement, efficiency of movement, and seeking to develop/enhance good, clean, sustainable movement.

    3. How has this training style/methods evolved over the years?
    My methodology has not changed over the years, but I have added more tools to my toolbox—all in an attempt to achieve better results for those I work with.

    4. Who has influenced you the most throughout your career and why?
    I consider Darryl Eto (Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Houston Rockets National Basketball Association (NBA) team) to be my mentor. Darryl provided me with many of my foundational principles, which I have been able to construct and develop into my methodology.

    5. How do you adapt your programming to fit the needs of each athlete you work with?
    Everything moves along a continuum, and it is important to determine where each athlete falls along that continuum. Dr. Vladimir Janda said, “every exercise is a test,” thus I utilize each session as an evaluative tool to examine movement. Once I know what the athlete is capable of doing (from a movement standpoint), then the programming is adjusted based upon the following principles: simple to complex, stable to unstable, slow to fast, mastery to the next limiting factor, progressive resistance to increased rate of force development, and pre-programmed to random.

    6. What do you think is the most overlooked concept in the field of strength and conditioning?
    Without a doubt, training the diaphragm.

    7. What resources do you use the most when it comes to getting continuing education as it pertains to the field?
    Perform Better Functional Training Summits, my network of individuals (or as Coach Joe Kenn calls it, “my go to guys”), and my anatomy book.

    8. What is your take on “specificity” of training and how (if so) do you apply it to your programming?
    If specificity is referring to enhancing specific movements so that an athlete can perform at a higher level, and not necessarily recreating movements specific to one’s sport, then I most certainly apply specificity to my training. I do not always believe that we need to “recreate” movements that are inherent within a sport. This is because most of the issues that I see in today’s athletes are due to overuse, or compensatory patterns (while compensatory patterns are successful patterns, they are likely inefficient and in many cases harmful) that will only be reinforced if specific or recreated training is employed without correction of these potentially harmful patterns.

    9. What is your favorite tool in your tool box?
    All of them.

    10. What are your five favorite exercises?
    I cannot answer this. It depends on the athlete. If I had to choose, the ones that get them better.

    11. What advice do you have for young coaches who are beginning their careers and hoping to “follow in your footsteps”?
    Know your anatomy.
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