NSCA’s Coaching Podcast

NSCA’s Coaching Podcast
This is the NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, where strength and conditioning coaches share their experience, lessons learned, and advice about how to thrive in a highly competitive profession. Published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, www.nsca.com.


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 33: Steve Rassel

Steve Rassel, Associate Athletic Director and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Webber International University, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how to develop staff and interns to help them be successful coaches, and about work-life balance.

Stephen Rassel, CSCS,*D, RSCC has served at Webber International University since 2009, and is currently the Associate Athletic Director and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to that, Rassel’s career began with the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball (MLB) team, followed by a stint with the Chicago Cubs MLB team. Rassel has spoken several times for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) on creating and developing a strength and conditioning department, and was named a finalist for the 2017 NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award. Rassel also serves on the NSCA College Coaches Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Committee.

Find Steve on Twitter: @StephenRassel | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“We have to have two main boxes checked off for us before we dive too deep into what they can offer, specialization-wise, even at the intern level: it’s culture and it’s growth gauge.” 5:34

“Everyone talks about culture, but you just have to keep in mind that you want to hire for culture and train for skill and that’s where the mentorship comes into play. You have to have a system that can equip them with what they need if they can bring the intangibles to the table.” 5:45

“One thing we have to make sure we keep in the forefront of our mind as coaches is that we have to take ownership right where we’re at and keep fighting, scrapping, and scratching to find ways to keep pushing and getting where we’re at." 8:17

“If you could see what hurdles we had to go through to get where we’re at, that the short-term sacrifices for the long-term gain strategies that we’ve had to implement, and the hats I’ve had to wear to get to what we’re doing.” 9:51

“Challenge yourself and reach out and connect because that brainstorming approach and us starting to link up and work together, even though we are at different places and different situations, it starts to get you in a different place mentally and these little strategies here and there can help build that momentum.” 10:27

“You look at the things in front of you and attack those as much as you can.” 13:31

“You have to maximize being great at what you currently have on your plate.” 14:30

“What if the reason I am seeing this problem is because I am the one equipped to try to get it done?” 15:00

“I challenge people to have multiple checks and balances systems when it comes to feedback.” 36:30
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 33: Steve Rassel


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 32: Bob Alejo

Bob Alejo, Director of Sports Science at Power Lift, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how Bob got into Strength and conditioning when the field was in its early stages of development. Bob shares his experience and gives advice on how to succeed in the strength and conditioning field.

Bob Alejo, CSCS, RSCC*E, has been the Director of Sports Science at Power Lift since July 2017. From 2011 – 2017 he was the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball (MLB) team, a position he also held from 1993 – 2001. Prior to rejoining the Oakland Athletics, Alejo was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2005 – 2008. From 1984 – 1993, Alejo served as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked with 23 men’s and women’s teams.

Follow Bob on Twitter: @Coach_Alejo | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and I hated going home because you had so much fun being around that kind of energy.” 6:57

“Buy-in from athletes didn’t happen the first day, and it really didn’t happen the first few years, but as time went on the guys who were lifting kept lifting and they got better at that because there was someone really driving it.” 15:28

“I feel like if I was to put my hand on…a philosophy or method that we used that no one else did was that we lifted as heavy as we could all the time.” 18:36

“You have to do what suits your facility, what suits your athletes and what you can get done that’s going to create a stimulus and help them get better.” 19:55

“The sets and reps are the easiest things that you’ll ever do. It’s the stuff that you do outside of it that make the sets and reps come to life.” 21:09

“It’s a little bit different on how you get there, but the qualities of the coach themselves, I think are as relevant as they were [in the past]. I think you have to be able to work with people and you have to be able to work with different socioeconomic backgrounds.” 22:14

“We’re all selling something. In our case we’re selling our program, we’re selling my integrity that you’re going to follow.” 22:39

“Run your weight room like a business because it is … You have to have a well-structured, organized program and that doesn’t mean necessarily the weight training. It means: how’s your staff act; what kind of personality do you want to represent; what kind of image are you going to portray?” 23:14

“Be careful with what you say or what you write because somebody might believe it.” 53:36

“I think scholarly work is important because, first of all, it teaches you how to speak … You put your thoughts together, you order them, you learn how to present it to people and you also learn how to write and inform somebody who doesn’t know what you know.” 55:50

“If it takes you 100 words to explain something that should take 20, then you probably don’t know what you’re talking about.” 56:54
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 32: Bob Alejo


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 31: Liane Blyn

Liane Blyn, Director of Olympic Sports at Appalachian State University and world record holding powerlifter, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about what she tries to impart to interns to prepare them for the field, how being a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) has benefitted her as a strength coach, and advice for up-and-coming strength and conditioning coaches.

Liane Blyn is a highly sought-after strength and conditioning coach with over 20 years of experience as a strength coach, athletic trainer, business owner, and competitor. She is currently the Director of Athletic Performance-Olympic Sports at Appalachian State University. Previously, she coached at Franklin High School, Arizona State University, Boston College, University of Nevada-Reno, Parisi Speed School, and her own business, Athletic Based Training. She is a 14-time United States of America Powerlifting National Champion and team member, current International Powerlifting Federation (IBF) World Champion, and world record holder in the bench, deadlift, and total.

Find Liane on Twitter: @lianeblyn | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes ~

“We’re trying to figure out how to take the… classroom application and bring it into… practice within the weight room.” 1:18

“We want to try to put out the best interns possible.” 1:33

“I don’t want to run an internship where… they get no actual practical experience out of it.” 2:17

“We’re trying to set up an actual curriculum to where every single week, our student interns are learning something.” 2:27

“My husband said enough is enough—he’s like ‘what do you want to do?’” 7:42

“Meg Stone was my idol.” 8:32

“I’m a coach—the hardest part about owning a business is all the business side of it.” 10:00

On making the transition from private sector to high school: “I’m… someone who wants to be on the floor, who wants to have an impact on student-athletes.” 10:12

“[I] had about 70 kids, and five years later… I had 613 kids in my [high school] summer program.” 11:09

“Most head coaches don’t make great business owners.” 13:42

“One of the best hires you can make as an athletic director is a strength and conditioning coach in your high school.” 14:55

“[Being an ATC] has helped me say, ‘This is how we incorporate the reconditioning phase back into the weight room.’” 17:45

“I think it’s an important piece of it for me, to be actually an athletic trainer, especially if you’re at a smaller school.” 18:06

“On the flipside though, there’s… athletic trainers out there that take the [Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®] CSCS® just to have the credential behind their name but they have no idea what happens in a weight room.” 18:42

“They can take the test and pass the test, but can they actually coach?” 19:01

“Anyone can read a book, but can you apply it?” 19:35 “It’s more than just about lifting weights… it’s can they mov

e, can they run… are they able to stop, start, change direction?” 20:55

“Some of your worst kids in the weight room are your best athletes on the field.” 22:08

“I think you have to practice what you preach.” 26:50

“You have to be an example to your student-athletes.” 27:00

“If you… haven’t touched a weight in your life, your kids are not going to respect you.” 28:10

“Go out and meet as many people as you possibly can.” 32:01

“Get involved, and coach, and be around as many sports as you possibly can.” 32:28

“Male or female, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you focus on one sport.” 32:33
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 31: Liane Blyn


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 30: Maura Bergan

Maura Bergan, Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sports Studies at Springfield College, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about social media in the exercise science field, key career decisions, and qualities and values that help you as a coach.

Maura Bergan, PhD, CSCS, is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Springfield College in Massachusetts. Bergan completed her Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning and a PhD in Physical Education at Springfield College. During her graduate studies, she served as a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant. Additionally, she has worked with athletes of all levels at AP Academy, a private facility in western Massachusetts. Her research interests include: positive youth development through sport, psychosocial aspects of sport, and coach education.

Follow Maura on Twitter: @MauraB_SC | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“I developed a curriculum that integrated some life skill development through strength and conditioning.” 1:52

“The biggest thing I was looking to do was create some connections and transfer to life outside the weight room.” 2:17

“How can we educate our young coaches to be really good coaches in terms of being able to communicate and manage a group of student-athletes?” 3:08

“Social media is like a gateway to exploring this field, connecting with others.” 4:11

“If you want to develop [a social media platform] and have some depth in that one area, you really put your energy into one.” 6:33

“As one of my big mentors, Adam Feit says, ‘Make the big time where you’re at.’” 7:35

“I love learning, I loved who I was learning with, and the experiences I had and the opportunities I’m really grateful for.” 10:34

“We have probably a 100% next step rate.” 12:55

“Usually in the summer between your first and second year, that’s when the big internship happens… that’s where opportunities are endless.” 14:42

“I was fortunate enough to have a high school strength and conditioning coach.” 16:45

“I think maybe that’s why I have a special spot in my heart for high school and younger youth athletics.” 17:18

“Make yourself known and make yourself available to those volunteer opportunities.” 18:36

“You never know who knows who or you know what’s going to need to be filled.” 19:04

“Introduce yourself, all you have to do is shake someone’s hand, send an email.” 19:18

“Ask them about their journey, ask them about how they got started.” 20:14

“The experiences I had and the values I took away from those was just being you, you as a coach, knowing and understanding who you are.” 22:27

“It’s going to be obvious if you’re trying to be somebody that you’re not.” 22:51

“Get comfortable, you know, with your voice, feel comfortable leading some courses, leading some classes.” 25:23

“I get a lot of information actually from my students.” 29:02

“I still love Coach McKeefery’s Iron Game Chalk Talk [podcast].” 31:07

Books – The Switch Book, The Originals, Grit, and Conscious Coaching 32:57
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 30: Maura Bergan


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 29: Vernon Griffith

Vernon Griffith, co-owner of Virginia High Performance and high school strength and conditioning coach, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about opening Virginia High Performance, transitioning from the military to strength and conditioning, and impacting youth athletics.

Vernon Griffith, CSCS,*D is Co-Owner of Virginia High Performance, where he functions as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has trained hundreds of athletes, ranging from 10-year-olds to collegiate athletes. Additionally, Griffith serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the nationally-ranked Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School football and basketball teams. Find Vernon on Twitter: @VernonGriffith4 | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“The whole goal was to get into youth athletics, to work with teams, to truly change kids’ lives.” 3:38

“I thought the private facility would give me a better avenue to be able to still put my family first.” 5:50

“All my other friends were going to college to play sports, or for education, and I was like ‘What am I going to do?’” 7:50

“[The military] set me up for success, it set my family up for success.” 8:00

“In four months, I lost I think it was like 30 something pounds—but I did it the wrong way.” 9:15

“I felt terrible, I felt so old… and I was like ‘there’s got to be a better way to do this’ and so that’s when I started reading.” 9:50

“It started to fascinate me, and I was like ‘this is kind of what I want to do.’” 10:03

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.” 11:31

“Be the coach that you needed.” 14:13

“We have these kids at such a pivotal point in their life, and we can teach them everything that we find valuable.” 14:40

“We can make them stronger with a pencil in their hand… but we choose not to, we choose to just make them stronger with a bar in their hand.” 14:47

“We’re missing a huge opportunity to truly change someone’s life.” 14:56

“It’s not bench and squat and deadlift—it’s how we communicate.” 15:08

“We don’t talk about how to communicate… and we expect young coaches to step in front of a group of 10 – 20 people and just do it.” 16:05

“I’ve learned so much from the kids that I work with.” 17:30

“In the private sector, I have to adapt.” 18:00

“I just want to provide these kids with the best me.” 18:35

“Athletes are not going to tell you what’s wrong right away.” 21:55

“It’s asking questions to open up dialogue.” 22:35

“If you are a good person, we can give you the tools to be a good coach.” 25:30

“Honestly, I like to have individuals that don’t have much experience.” 26:00

“I am a grey area coach, I don’t think things are black and white.” 26:14

“I want coaches to have that mindset of being fresh, trying to be innovative.” 26:26

“Most people think of training a military person or tactical athlete as just beat the heck out of them.” 29:29

“The second you look at a tactical, military person… as an athlete, you just look at the picture different.” 29:48
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 29: Vernon Griffith


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 28: Matt Nein

Matthew Nein, Head Sports Performance Coach for Salisbury University, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about receiving the NSCA Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year award, personal and program values, and mental toughness.

As the Coordinator of Sports Performance at Salisbury University, Matthew Nein, CSCS, RSCC*D, oversees the training programs of 21 varsity teams, three graduate assistants, and an intern and volunteer staff of about 15. During his tenure, Nein has had the opportunity to work with 12 National Championship teams, eight individual National Championship athletes, and over 300 All-Americans. He has been certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) since 2004 and recently garnered the distinction of a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® with Distinction (RSCC*D). He also serves on the NSCA Advisory Board for the State of Delaware. While not training athletes, he manages all indoor recreational facilities and serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Applied Health Physiology Department at Salisbury University. Prior to coming to Salisbury University, Nein spent one season as a strength coach in the Minor League Baseball system of the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He received his Master’s degree in Applied Health Physiology from Salisbury University in 2004 and Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Towson University in 2002.

Find Matt on Twitter: @CoachNein | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“When I began my career fourteen – fifteen years ago, you know it was one about inspiring and impacting people… I don’t think this was ever a goal necessarily but to just go out and… impact as many people as I could.” 1:32

“That was the very first thing after finding out, was reaching back in to all my former staff members, you know, and really reaching out to them and saying thank you for all the work they did.” 2:53

“We’re going to hire people that want to challenge me as well, as a coach, and we want to create that environment and that scenario so that they feel comfortable to be able to challenge and question and really dive in—and I think that makes all of us better as people.” 3:25

“I have a big philosophy that the better your staff, the better training your athletes are going to get, and it just becomes this cyclical concept that we bring in better staff, we get better training, our athletes are going to further grow and develop.” 5:45

“My budget is zero, I don’t have one, there’s no line item anything, which makes it challenging but—so you’ve got to figure it out and got to be creative in what you do.” 9:22

“When someone says no, you come back and okay, what do I need to rework and figure out to go right back at it again.” 9:38

“For me, passion’s probably the biggest thing.” 10:10

“[Interns] starting as a freshman as a sophomore, we’ve got two and a half, potentially three years of work that we can really see them grow and become something in the field.” 10:38

“I have personal values, and then we have our program values and I think my personal values are something I need to live by every day and really it’s that impact, influence, and inspire.” 17:56

“Do you set your alarm in the morning and if you do, do you hit snooze and, if you do, are you willing to attack the day then at that point or are you saying ‘hey it’s okay I’m just going to go back to sleep and delay being successful and great today.’” 18:31

“We have attitude, enthusiasm, energy, and effort as our four program values.” 19:29

“Quote… that Brett Ledbetter had in his book [What Drives Winning] [talks about how] it’s not what you teach, it’s what you emphasize.” 20:19

“Mental toughness is one of the things that is highly talked about, but not really well understood.” 22:25

“Dr. McGuire, Dr. Pat Ivey, Dr. Amber Lattner—I think her name now is Selking—so she also has the Championship Mindset Podcast, which is great… Brian Kang does a fantastic job. They’ve got a couple others: Ken Ravizza works in the baseball setting a lot, but he’s been in other settings as well. To me, that’s that core group that does an absolute fantastic job [regarding mental toughness].” 26:47

“US Lacrosse has been fantastic, I mean they’re really open to it and it’s great for us, great for them, great for the NSCA.” 36:45

“We want to help people grow—that’s what it’s all about, you know, and if we want to do that, we’ve got to connect to people.” 37:35

“If you can’t find something that’ll help you grow as a professional, you’re not really looking very hard at that point.” 41:34

“There’s always something to gain and something to grow from no matter what presentation you sit in.” 41:40
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 28: Matt Nein


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 27: Martin Rooney

Martin Rooney, Head Coach of Training for Warriors, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about defining a coach, balancing the coaching lifestyle, and myths and misconceptions about opening a gym.

Martin Rooney, MHS, PT, CSCS, is an internationally recognized coach and author. Rooney has a Master of Health Science degree and a Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Furman University. A former United States Olympic bobsledder, he is the creator of the Training for Warriors (TFW) system. TFW is used in over 260 locations in 25 countries and his training programs have been used by over one million athletes and adults worldwide. Rooney has trained athletes from the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), as well as consulted several professional sport teams and military organizations.

Find Martin on Twitter: @martinrooney1 | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“There’s one part about coaching it, there’s another part about doing it too.” 1:20

“It’s not just the Xs and Os, it’s not just knowing exercise or science.” 3:10

“Everybody’s looking for a coach that can affect their life.” 3:15

“When my Olympic dream ended… that’s when I realized, “Hey it’s time to go to work.” 4:48

“Now, looking back twenty years, I wish I would have gone for it earlier, and really taken a shot.” 6:03

“That’s when I really found my true calling and got the opportunity to [do] all the things that you said—from the NFL teams, to the NFL draft picks, to the military, to going and consulting at major universities.” 6:52

“[I] took the risk—there were so many people who said this is crazy.” 8:30

“[I] became the first strength and conditioning guy for MMA [mixed marital arts] because it really didn’t exist.” 8:47

“Twenty years later… half of the people doing our system are women… which everybody said would never happen.” 9:17

“But who’s that coach for that house mom or weekend warrior that’s now out of sports but who wants to be something again, and that was the void I went after to fill.” 9:42

“It’s this incredible feeling every day to get emails from people around the world of how their lives have been affected by the coaches that I’m getting to coach in my network.” 10:01

“We proved this stuff worked—what’s interesting is I didn’t see in the beginning that hey, you didn’t have to be a fighter to do it.” 11:00

“Now I’ve found my sweet spot of the ability to probably make the biggest impact I could versus working with, say, a few hundred athletes.” 11:57

“You just go deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole of actual exercise, thinking that’s going to be the thing that makes you more valuable.” 13:40

“Never think that I’m going to discount a degree or what you know, but what I’ve found was… that’s only half of it.” 14:32

“If you’re going to call yourself a coach, then you’ve got to be constantly growing to be a great person.” 17:45

“I think coaching is the most important job in the world.” 18:30

“Whether you’re a teammate, coach, [or] business coach; whatever it is, you are a coach to somebody else.” 19:58

“I think the job of a coach is to energize somebody so they’re better than before they met you.” 23:22

“Do they genuinely want to see people get better and that’s what excites them?” 25:09

“One thing I would always recommend is, hey, you should get around people you consider great coaches.” 26:28

“Where I got good at coaching was putting my feet on [that] turf and coaching 1,000 sessions.” 26:41

“The way I got better was by making a lot of mistakes—but learning from them.” 26:58

“[Work-life balance is] about being present… when you are there be there.” 30:19

“The thing that breaks my heart is watching a lot of people leave our industry because they couldn’t make it.” 39:41

“Should you own a business? Because not everybody should.” 40:19

“If you are not fired up, you’re not getting anyone else fired up.” 42:22

“Coaching is not writing a workout on a wall, they come in and do it, and you just stand there and watch them.” 43:26

“Coaching is this non-stop of just being all over everybody and really showing an individual interest in getting somebody… a little bit better than before you met them.” 43:34
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 27: Martin Rooney


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 26: Kevin Cronin

Kevin Cronin, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado College, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about his career path, sources of quality information on social media, and the realities of working at a college that has both Division I and Division III sports.

Kevin Cronin, MS, CSCS,*D, has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado College since 2012, where he oversees the strength and conditioning programs for all 17 varsity sports and 330 student athletes. Previously, Cronin served as the Assistant Strength Coach, Performance Center Coordinator, and Education Coordinator for the NSCA along with stints at Western Washington University, Stanford University, and the University of Texas.

Find Kevin on Twitter: @KJCroni ‏ | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“My time at the NSCA was great—I think it really set me up to kind of slide into that role [at Colorado College].” 1:55

“You walk into a room and you don’t know the kids, you really don’t know their training background, you don’t have any help.” 4:16

“It wasn’t super hard to get the programming going right away, it was hard to get the kids in the door.” 5:29

“We had a track lift at 6:30 pm, and there were nights we’d get one or two kids, and now… the groups of two or three turned into groups of twenty and thirty.” 6:10

“We have five [sport] coaches in our building that are CSCS.” 8:30

“We’ve done a pretty good job of saying ‘hey you’re not the University of Texas Men’s Basketball—we don’t need to be doing what they’re doing, our kids are different.’” 10:06

“Everybody says ‘you don’t want to take an internship where you’re just going to clean and fill fridges,’ but for me you’ve got to be able to clean and fill fridges.” 12:18

“I had a CSCS, a USAW, and a Master’s degree—and I don’t think I got a call back for a single job.” 13:38

“Bryan Mann said it on Facebook the other day… ‘Don’t worry about famous… worry about being effective.’” 15:30

“Even now, if kids that come in and intern with us spend the first 15 minutes in the room just kind of standing there and not helping set up… or not asking us what we need, automatically get dinged.” 15:55

“I think some of the conversations you and I have had, or anybody that was here when I was at the NSCA—that’s the kind of stuff you can’t forget about.” 19:00

“One of the main things we see is… kids’ inability to generate pertinent conversation about training.” 20:50

“There’s so much content out there that sometimes kids are like, ‘Oh I know what that is,’ but they don’t ask questions.” 22:00

“Ryan Horn always has these great little knowledge bombs he throws out [on Twitter]… I think Tim Pelot posts some pretty cool stuff every now and again.” 28:44

“We test a decent amount. We look at verticals, we look at 5-10-5s, we looks at 10-meters, we look at front squat, we look at reactive strength index.” 33:12

“Winning…. injuries, and if you’re actually improving performance.” 33:58

“When I took my job, there was a very large disconnect… you could feel the rift between the Division I sports and the Division III sports.” 35:43

“The cool part about the Division III kids is they’re not on a scholarship, so they show up because they want to show up.” 37:48

“I think they all now respect each other a little bit more because they all go through the same things.” 38:27

“We’ve taken that pseudo quadrennial approach and are saying, ‘Hey by the time these kids are seniors, we’re going to be doing some really fun stuff.’” 39:38

“The kids are what draws me to [collegiate strength and conditioning].” 40:10

“The process of being a strength and conditioning coach can be hard.” 44:40

“You apply to all these internships and you get denied, or you apply to all these jobs, you get denied—you know it’s a ding to the ego.” 44:45

“You apply to fifty jobs, you don’t hear back from any of them, and you’re like, ‘Do I really do this?’” 44:52

“If you don’t have a network that has a connection to a job, it might not even be worth applying for.” 45:00

“There’s some sacrifices that people gotta make—and if you’re not willing to make them, it can be a hard business.” 45:40

“Andrew Altoff said something like… ‘If you’re going to say hello to someone at a conference and not follow up with them, don’t even say hello to them.’” 46:17

“I don’t think we should really put anything down unless people are hurting kids.” 52:00
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 26: Kevin Cronin


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 25: Steve Hess

Steve Hess, Chief Performance Officer at Panorama Orthopedics and Spine Center, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about creating buy-in with sport coaches and athletes, becoming one of the first National Basketball Association (NBA) strength and conditioning coaches, and staying current in an ever-changing field.

Steve Hess, MS, MATm, RTSm, CSCS, RSCC, is a 20-year professional basketball strength and conditioning coach based in Denver, CO. He is a co-owner and Chief Performance Officer at Panorama Orthopedics and Spine Center. Hess is a former co-owner of FORZA Fitness and Performance Center and is one of 12 trainers worldwide who sits on the Under Armour Performance Training Council. He is also the official spokesperson for the National Sports Center for the Disabled and is a member of National Basketball Association (NBA) Team Fit. In addition, Hess has been featured on NBA Inside Stuff, All-Access with Ahmad Rashad, NBATV, The Eating Network, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Celebrity Sweat, and the Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network.

Find Steve on Twitter: @steve13hess | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“If you don’t have coaches’ buy-in, it’s hard to run a program—especially in professional sports.” 2:18

“I hate to use terms like ‘greatness’ because those are unattainable goals.” 2:37

“To be authentic, you have to have a knowledge base behind what you’re saying.” 3:52

“Once you have more tools, you become more accountable for the things you do.” 4:30

“If you‘re a true leader in your field, the buck stops with you.” 4:42

“I got the job after calling Allen Bristow every day for 3 months, so I know when they looked at the phone they were like, ‘It’s this dude again, my gosh just hire him!’” 6:05

“I gave stuff up, I worked 90 – 100 hours per week—not embellishing, these are facts.” 6:19

“In order to achieve goals, you have to understand things are going to be hard.” 6:35

“Unbelievable opportunity but took a big pay cut, but these are sacrifices, did they work out? I really think they did.” 7:00

“I never ever have any regrets on anything because I’m always moving forward.” 7:15

“If this is a field you choose, please understand it’s not going to look the way you think it’s going to look, but if you have a specific goal, get to that goal.” 7:25

“Do what no one else is doing, stay pertinent, keep studying, and understand you’re never going to get to the top of the hill because there is no top of the hill.” 7:49

“I’ve got a lot of learning to do. I’m going to peak at 70 years old, so I’ve got 20 years to peak.” 9:15

“Can I go to a desert island and train an athlete with nothing? Yes, I can. Can everyone? No, they can’t…” 11:12

“I don’t believe in balance and I’m not balanced, I’ve got an unbelievable family.” 12:13

“It’s not what you have, it’s what excites you.” 13:08

“You have one responsibility—make yourself happy. If you’re not happy, you can’t help anyone else.” 13:18

“If you’re authentic in your beliefs, do as much as you can. Everything I’ve done is because I’m excited and I want to touch as many lives as I possibly can.” 15:28

“I’ve absolutely unequivocally never been motivated by money.” 15:40

“Everything I’ve done in my life has set me up for this point.” 16:45

“Half the time I’m in a room with people so much smarter than me and I’m like, ‘This is the coolest thing!’” 17:01

“But here’s the thing—no one is better than me because while I may be replaceable, I’m not repeatable.” 17:08

“If you’re authentic in your approach you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not—so you can wake up every day and be who you are.” 19:37

“Everyone I hire has things that I don’t have and are way better than me in certain aspects, and I look to that so that I can grow. I don’t want to hire clones of myself.” 21:23

“My selfish goal is that I want to hire you to make our program better because this program is not about me and it’s not about you, it’s about the athlete.” 21:56

“Be authentic to who you are, especially with social media… just get it out there and be authentic in your approach.” 23:30

“If you have truly chosen this field, it’s going to take you 15 years to become relevant.” 23:56

“Instagram’s not real, Facebook’s not real, Twitter’s not real; I love posting positive stuff on there but that’s not who I am.” 25:11

“If you have 24 million followers and that authenticates who you are, you may want to re-look at who you are.” 25:35

“The realness comes out of a selfless action to get people better and the thing is don’t be scared to fail.” 25:45

“How you affect people and how you adjust their lives and make them feel without you is really, really important.” 26:55

“A lot of times you’re half dead too and you don’t want to be there but it’s not about you, so you got to find a way to platform it so they buy in.” 28:00

“Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously and think ours is the only way—if you don’t interject other ways you’re going to have problems.” 28:41

“You have to make a plan and you have to make it about them [the athletes].” 29:05

“I learned I’ve got to integrate other people’s opinions because there are a lot of people way smarter than me and I know enough to know I know enough.” 31:15

“I don’t just integrate other opinions. I listen and I assimilate it, and I make it my own.” 31:33

“Be in the moment—some of the stuff you’re going to do you’re going to hate because it’s going to be challenging, but be in the moment.” 33:02

“I drove to Florida with $20 and no phone.” 35:25

“I’m learning new stuff every day.” 36:44

“If you’re going to work as a strength and conditioning coach in professional sports, you’re going to have to have the CSCS.” 37:00

“I’m not saying you have to agree with everything, but you have to learn from everything.” 37:19

“People don’t see this it’s not all glamorous—we’re in Minnesota and its 23 below freezing and we just lost a game and guess whose tagging bags? We are tagging bags.” 37:50

“If you have a perspective and it’s who you are and it’s what you’re made up of, then you can handle anything.” 38:28

“In the professional realm, it’s wins, losses, and how you’re able to keep people on the field.” 39:58

“If you don’t have a thick skin and you don’t have an ability to think through some of the tougher situations, you absolutely cannot last.” 40:10

“It’s the same as life, the same people who are going to be successful in life are going to be successful in professional sports.” 40:40

“If you’re not adaptive, you’re not creative, and you don’t continually evolve, you absolutely unequivocally have no shot of lasting as a professional strength coach at any professional level.” 41:18

“It’s the same excitement year 1 as it is year 21 with those guys [Bill Foran and Dwight Daub].” 42:55

“The one common thing we have is that we live for this field.” 43:25

“The reason I write is that I hate writing… but what it does is it makes me sit down and think through the process.” 44:13

“I think the NSCA does a really good job of creating a broad spectrum of views that you can incorporate.” 44:45

“I think we have an obligation to give back to our younger professionals.” 45:59

“Get out of your comfort realm, do stuff that scares you, that’s the stuff that makes you learn.” 48:15

“A lot of times we’ve become so enamored with the fact that we’re so smart that our programming is pre-existing in our heads and we program before we even see our athletes.” 50:30
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 25: Steve Hess


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 24: Brett Bartholomew

Brett Bartholomew, founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, The Bridge Human Performance, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about learning what drives people, how to interact effectively with others, adapting to change, and the value in learning from other fields.

Brett Bartholomew, CSCS, RSCC, is a strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, and Founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, The Bridge Human Performance®. His experience includes working with athletes both in the team environment and private sector along with members of the United States Special Forces and members of Fortune 500 companies.

Taken together, Brett has coached a diverse range of athletes from across 23 sports world-wide, at levels ranging from youth athletes to Olympians. He’s supported numerous Super Bowl and World Series Champions, along with several professional fighters in both professional boxing as well as the UFC.

Follow Brett on Instagram: @coach_brettb | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“People think the private sector is more personal training; some people think team coaches get comfortable in their roles and it’s kind of glorified, and I think there’s a lot more commonalities between the two than most realize.” 1:17

“You see that a lot—people battling over who’s got the best training and who’s got the best this. I’m not trying to sit here… and say ‘My training is the best training.’” 5:21

“I think it comes down to three aspects: the physiological, the psychological, and the cultural element… you need to know what drives people… these guys don’t care about getting under 85% and what that does to the nervous system the same way that we do… you need to get them to adhere to it.” 6:25

Book: Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In 8:10

“People are the ultimate performance variable, and if you don’t know what makes them tick, you’re gonna be a pretty poor coach.” 9:58

“Somebody can be smart but not intelligent.” 11:16

“I think sometimes we push principles and practices too much and not enough of just the intangibles of coaching.” 13:45

“There’s this notion that unless you’ve coached ‘x’ amount of years, that you’re not skilled… you have to be able to find talent everywhere.” 14:09

“Do the simple things savagely well.” 16:27

“… Seek outside influences—if you’re only learning from strength and conditioning, you’re not broadening yourself to the best of your ability.” 17:21

“You’re constantly trying to cater to a demand while staying true to a craft.” 17:37

“We have to be the multidisciplinary learners we say that we are… learn from everybody. Don’t just learn from other strength coaches.” 18:24

“The number one thing I look for… you have to have some level of consciousness of what you’re looking for and how to talk to people.” 19:12

“I just look for the basics: do you have a good handshake, can you look me in the eye, can you send a thoughtful email?” 19:43

Book: Robert Sapolsky’s Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst 27:37

“People have agendas… you just gotta understand how to balance that.” 28:06

“Our job is very important, but we’re not heart surgeons.” 29:18

“You have to adapt yourself to the world or you can’t complain when the world happens to you.” 30:45
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 24: Brett Bartholomew


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 23: Gary Boros

Gary Boros, Assistant Sport Performance Coach at the University of Denver, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about being flexible in your programming and with your staff, not always grinding your athletes into the ground, and the need to learn from others.

Gary Boros, CSCS, is the Assistant Sport Performance Coach at the University of Denver, where he constructs performance programs for men’s basketball and women’s basketball, women’s soccer, and women’s lacrosse. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, Boros served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Bemidji State University for the past three years. While at Bemidji State University, Boros oversaw the strength and conditioning programming for men’s and women’s hockey, football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s soccer, among other teams.

Follow Gary on Twitter: @GaryBoros or contact him by email: Gary.boros@du.edu | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“Eliminate the ‘old school’ mentality of we need to grind our athletes into the ground.” 2:09

“Not everything is set in stone; if you see something that doesn’t work, be able to change it.” 8:05

“Be flexible. Just because you write something down doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.” 8:46

“If you’re not educating yourself, you’re really doing your student-athletes a disservice.” 10:16

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” 10:23

Book/article recommendations:
Laying a solid foundation—The Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. 12:00
The Science and Practice of Strength and Conditioning 12:14
Supertraining 12:38

“You don’t want to grind those kids into the ground all the time.” 17:00

“There needs to be some sort of platform certification all the way across the board.” 18:14

“Always take a step back to evaluate yourself… nobody knows everything.” 21:50

“Go the extra mile… you’re going to have to work for free for a while.” 25:25

“The common misconception is ‘Oh, you just have your kids lift weights.’” 28:14
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 23: Gary Boros


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 22: Joel Raether

Joel Raether, owner of Authentic Performance in Denver, CO, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how to get started and then progress as a strength and conditioning professional. Early on, it takes plenty of long hard hours to get to a high level in this profession, but as you find your way, you must find a balance between work and life. Developing relationships is the biggest part of moving forward and being successful with high level athletes.

Joel Raether, MAEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, serves as the Director of Sport Performance at Authentic Performance Center in Denver, CO. He is also the Director of Sports Performance for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) since 2007. He served as the Education Programs Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) from 2009 – 2011. Raether is also the co-founder of Performance Sandbag Training Systems (PST). His coaching career includes stints as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Denver from 2002 – 2009 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2000 – 2002.

Find Joel on Twitter: @Compete4Life ‏ | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

Three things for a new gym/facility: “open space… I’m a big fan of med ball work… and then variation of a lot of bands… not necessarily the top three, but those are the first three that come to mind.” 1:54

Bruce Lee - “Resist that which is not, and use that which is useful.” 4:56

“Staying in your lane a little bit I think is important.” 7:00

“You have to start with understanding that you need to get in a position where there are good mentors around you.” 8:02

“You’re gonna make mistakes… and learning from mistakes is the biggest thing.” 11:50

“If you are going to go that route [writing/getting published], you have to be accepting of the fact that people are going to scrutinize.” 16:22

“It requires getting better at the craft of writing itself.” 17:17

“I think that it’s important to share with folks.” 19:40

“Working on balance is a big part… I have to become better at delegating.” 24:31

“Being able to retire as strength and conditioning coaches.” 28:38

“It goes back to the path… starting at a place where you’re going to get good experience… you have to put in the time; I think there’s no substitute for that.” 32:12

“You’re kidding yourself if you don’t think the practical experience is where the art of coaching begins.” 32:42

“Unfortunately, at a young age… you’ve gotta be willing to be mobile.” 32:56

“A continual growth mindset has to be your mission.” 33:55

“It takes a lot of years, a lot of time, a lot of investment to become an overnight success.” 34:28

“Some people assume it’s the best job in the world… you have to understand, it’s very demanding.” 34:53

“Develop relationships… to me that’s the biggest challenge at that [pro] level.” 35:52

“Some of those guys [professional athletes] are the best compensators in the world.” 36:36

“It can be very rewarding to work with those guys, but it’s not always as glamorous as everyone sees it to be.” 36:50
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 22: Joel Raether


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 21: Lawrence Herrera

Lawrence Herrera, owner and founder of LH Performance, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how strong is strong enough, keeping the training simple, and relating to athletes and coaches.

Lawrence Herrera, CSCS, has been a strength and conditioning coach since 2003 and is the co-owner and founder of The Performance Ranch in Albuquerque, NM, and he is also the NSCA State Director for New Mexico. Over the last decade, Herrera has worked with professional endurance athletes, National Football League (NFL) players, United States national team athletes, collegiate athletes, and some of the best age group athletes from the region. Over the last four years, he has also had the opportunity to work with some of the best Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters in the world. He has even helped several to title contention.

Follow Lawrence on Instagram: @laweranceherrera | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“Collaboration and communication with the other coaches.” 4:55

“My passion has always been to see people excel.” 5:47

“I try to minimize as much pain as possible… get them to move better… and then get them stronger.” 8:05

“Getting that person strong ENOUGH [for their activity or sport].” 8:20

“Being able to watch those fights with them [coaches and athletes]… and then I go ‘Okay, how am I going to fit that into how I train them?’” 15:10

“… the big thing with fighting… is you’ve got to be able to do different types of movements.” 15:25

“Conditioning—for these guys—it’s absolutely paramount; if they’re not conditioned to go in the ring—they can be the best fighter in the world, but if they don’t have that gas tank they’re not going to last long.” 15:53

“Benchmark: we use the air bike; the assault air bike is our mainstay… I have them do a test on that, it’s usually a mile and a half… generally it takes about anywhere from four to five minutes… we use heart rate a lot and then we rest for a minute, because that’s usually the typical rest period and I see how the heart rate comes down from that effort.” 16:44

“Lots of grip strength work.” 17:56

“I try to make it simple.” 18:47

“I’m not looking at max squat or max bench, because again, they just need to be strong enough.” 18:53

“Talking a common language.” 19:44

“Communicate in the same language.” 20:20

“With any sport, you need to watch it, you need to talk with the sport coach.” 20:39

“I don’t do a lot of sport-specific stuff.” 22:11

One coaching practice to eliminate: “using exercise as punishment.” 32:04
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 21: Lawrence Herrera


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 20: Michael Doscher

Michael Doscher from Valdosta State University talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how to thrive for many years at one institution and work well with those around you, as well as how strength coaches should be evaluated.

Michael Doscher, CSCS, has served for 20-plus years as Speed, Strength, and Conditioning Coach at Valdosta State University. He has been honored for his work on several occasions, including in 2005, when he was named the College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He followed that by being named the Samson National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Weekly in 2007.

Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“Are wins and losses down to the weight room if progress is made in the weight room?” 2:06

“Are you coaching, are you hitting the right people, are you spending too much time with the kids that are doing it right and not enough time with those that are trying to hide?” 3:58

“Use informal evaluation more as a teaching tool than purely as an evaluation.” 5:25

“As a head guy, you have to humble yourself.” 5:44

“‘Understand what he’s trying to say’ when an athlete comes to you and tells you he would prefer you to treat him a certain way or do something a certain way.” 7:04

“I can’t be status quo if I want to make that one percent difference for our athletes and make them better.” 8:49

“I love what I do… but at the end of the day, it’s a great family spot.” 11:36

“‘Time and honesty… fighting the battles you should fight and compromising when you need to compromise’ when educating sport coaches.” 12:55

“Make them [sport coaches] always think it’s their idea… I don’t want the recognition. The kids should get the recognition.” 14:15

“Everybody I meet I try to learn something from.” 15:38

“When they leave you, they have to be their own person.” 16:16

“If you ‘gotta’ do something that’s not good; you have to ‘want to’ go do something.” 17:00

To his graduate assistants: “You’re going to learn a lot from me—you might learn some good stuff, but you’re also going to learn what not to do sometimes… and that’s more valuable sometimes than knowing what to do.” 17:57

“You learn more from failure than you ever do from successes.” 18:12

“Not every athlete loves to lift because he’s an athlete.” 20:20

“That’s what a true champion is—they work hard at things they don’t like to do.” 21:11

“People are people… at the end of the day, we’re all more similar than we are not.” 22:58

“You have to be intelligent to do what we do.” 29:03

“It’s not all just lifting.” 30:52

“Hire people smarter than you and stronger in your weaknesses.” 31:25

“You want to hire somebody for their next position.” 32:22

Number one reason people fail: “Ego.” 33:30
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 20: Michael Doscher


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 19: Boyd Epley

Boyd Epley, founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and one of the most decorated strength coaches of all time, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how the NSCA was founded, how Coach Epley talked Nebraska into letting him weight train all football athletes (most of whom never lifted before), and growing the profession for female strength and conditioning coaches.

Boyd Epley, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA, is the one of the most decorated strength coaches in history and is the recipient of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) Lifetime Achievement Award. Lindy’s National College Football magazine named him one of College Football’s Top 100 Most Important People of the Century after his training program helped produce five National Championships and 356 wins in 35 years of University of Nebraska Football. He is the founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and continues to be an advocate for strength coaches.

Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“There was no way I could ever have imagined the growth of the NSCA.” 1:12

“I don’t think anyone could have seen the growth.” 1:27

“It used to be about strength coaches but changing the name opened the door for researchers and anyone else who has an interest.” 5:05

“We coined the term strength coach.” 5:26

“Ultimately, that’s what we do—we improve performance.” 6:40

“My career [as an athlete] ended and they asked if I would help other injured athletes in the weight room… So I did that and it caught on.” 7:55

“I would get paid two dollars per hour, two hours per day, three days per week but instead of taking it for what it was, two hours a day, I came in and worked full days and I took it serious and it caught on like wildfire.” 8:16

“The second year they went 6 – 4 it was alarming and there were rumors the head coach would be replaced.” 9:08

“Then he [Tom Osbourne] says, ‘Boyd thinks we should have the whole football team all lift weights.’” 11:39

“He [Bob Devaney, University of Nebraska Head Football Coach] said, ‘We’re going to give this a try because Tom thinks it’s important, but if anybody gets slower you’re fired.’” 11:59

“Nebraska went from a 6 – 4 season to 9 – 2 season (after our first year lifting) and then the next year, National Championship, and then again the next year we won the National Championship.” 14:32

“We were doing periodization back in the early 70s before it was formally called that.” 15:27

“The way athletic programs work today are even tougher schedules than when I started as a strength coach.” 19:45

“I don’t agree that athletes should be training early in the morning. They need to sleep.” 20:52

“The award that means the most to me is the NSCA’s Lifetime Achievement award.” 22:56

“The great ones adjust.” 25:44

“We have 14 Registered Strength and Conditioning Coaches at Nebraska.” 29:45

NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 19: Boyd Epley


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 18: Ashley Jones

Rugby strength and conditioning coach Ashley Jones talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about early involvement in the NSCA, working in professional sports, why it is important to write as a strength and conditioning coach, building your network, and avoiding burnout.

Ashley Jones, MSc, CSCS, RSCC*E, is a rugby strength and conditioning coach who has worked with the elite of the game. He was involved with the physical preparation of the Canterbury Crusaders (Super Rugby competition), New Zealand All Blacks (New Zealand National Rugby Union), Australian Wallabies (Australian National Rugby Union), Edinburgh Rugby (Pro14) and Scotland National Rugby Union teams. He was awarded the NSCA Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for 2016 and holds the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® Emeritus (RSCC*E), recognizing over 20 years of professional coaching.

Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“First and foremost you’ve got to train yourself.” 6:07

“I’d like a young coach to have some competition experience in either powerlifting or weightlifting to understand the planning and processes going through it.” 6:32

“It’s also coming down to the ability to talk to people and communicate and organize them.” 7:41

“Experience, certification, and personality, that’s basically going to make a difference every day they walk in the weight room.” 7:57

“For me, writing [for websites like EliteFTS.com] is all about sharing information.” 8:48

“Developing other people makes you feel better about yourself in the process.” 9:42

“It’s extremely important to get to conferences.” 11:18

“It’s a great way of improving your network by standing around and talking to people.” 11:38

“My goals/vison for my athletes is process driven and outcome based.” 13:53

“We might have 47 different ways to squat.” 15:12

“In a contact sport like rugby, there’s always going to be people banged up, so we’ve got to find options along the way.” 15:22

“I think people who don’t train are more open to gimmicks than those who actually do train.” 20:40

Book – Legacy, about New Zealand All Blacks philosophy. 24:11

“Character will always find a way to win, lack of character will always find a way to lose and take shortcuts and cheat the system.” 24:33

“I want people that are working for the organization to be 100% there for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back of it.” 24:44

“Knowledge I can teach—character is formed long before I’m ever going to meet anyone.” 25:04

“I think the art of strength and conditioning is compromise.” 26:10

“Meditation is very important [for coaches].” 30:48
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 18: Ashley Jones


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 17: Andy Galpin

Andy Galpin, Associate Professor and Co-Director of Center for Sports Performance at Cal State Fullerton, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about the roles of science and technology in sport.

Andy Galpin, PhD, is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton. Galpin received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Linfield College, a Master’s Degree in Human Movement Sciences from the University of Memphis, and a PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University. He currently teaches and runs the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Lab at California State University, Fullerton.

Follow Andy on Twitter: @DrAndyGalpin | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“I really hate it when the scientists say, ‘It’s my job to give them the science. It’s their job to read it.’” 5:35

“You need to adjust and deliver to them in a message they can deliver.” 5:47

“We’ve only got a few more years, or maybe 10 more years, when information itself is no longer a commodity.” 6:26

“I can find literally anything I need to know online, but what I can’t find is somebody to walk me through, somebody to show me what it even looks like. So in my mind, the value of a coach is going to explode when the robotics really start to take over.” 6:38

“I thought, if I can learn those advanced skills and still bring those back to training questions… We could answer some really cool questions.” 8:35

“I barely passed chemistry as an undergrad and here I am, I have a PhD in molecular biochemistry.” 9:37

“I personally identify as a coach than anything else.” 9:56

“You’re not going to say you took a class from Andy Galpin and don’t know the difference between powerlifting and weightlifting.” 12:32

“I’m going to always, as long as I can, give back to this field as much as possible.” 17:45

“There’s so much technology in the training and performance field and there’s only more coming, we want to do what we can to help people understand how technology can be helpful or it can cause harm.” 21:01

“They can be helpful but they can also be problematic if you’re outsourcing your own coaching intelligence to some piece of data.” 21:28

“If you think it’s bad with technology now, just wait.” 23:15

“We need to have an infrastructure in both our coaching practice and our own personal health that allows us to deal with things when it becomes very bad.” 23:55

“There’s a difference between using technology as a task and letting it become a task master.” 25:28
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 17: Andy Galpin


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 16: Micah Kurtz

Micah Kurtz, Director of Strength and Conditioning at AC Flora High School talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about high school strength and conditioning, and how to break into the field.

Micah Kurtz is in his eighth year as Director of Strength and Conditioning at AC Flora High School, which has won 14 state championships in the past five years, including the 2016 boy’s basketball and boy’s golf championships. He also serves as the Strength and Conditioning Consultant Coach to the nine-time high school basketball champion Oak Hill Academy. Kurtz was named the NSCA National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year in 2016 and the South Carolina High School Strength Coach of the year in 2013 and 2014.

Follow Micah on Twitter and Instagram as @KurtzM3 or visit his website at: www.TheAthleteMaker.com |Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

On breaking into a high school where there is not an existing program: “You really need to go to a school and introduce yourself to the coaches and the athletic directors. Let them know what you do.” 2:05

“More and more schools are understanding the value of having a full-time certified strength coach.” 7:40

“Can you live pretty comfortably being a high school strength coach? Yes, definitely.” 9:00

“Your job security is much, much higher at the high school level.” 9:15

“We have to meet the athlete where they are. You can’t have them all doing the exact same movements.” 10:52

“We’ve been able to expand our program to where we are bringing fourth and fifth graders over a few days a week… and they are learning those fundamental movement skills at that young age.” 14:45

“If you spend time cultivating a good relationship with [your athletes], and they understand everything that you’re doing is to improve them as a person and as an athlete, they’re going to buy in and do what you say.” 22:40

“You’re not in it for yourself. You’re not in it to get rich. It’s all about making your athletes better and giving back to the profession.” 30:30

“Kids need to understand that you’re going to have failures in life and you should not get rewarded and get an award for everything you do.” 35:22

“Don’t place an overemphasis on winning, but don’t devalue the importance of having success and winning.” 35:35

NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 16: Micah Kurtz


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 15: Jay DeMayo

Jay DeMayo, strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about training within a system but having flexibly, empowering athletes to make decisions in workouts, staying at one institution for 15+ years, books every coach should read, and knowing your role within the team setting.

Jay DeMayo is in his 15th year as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond, and his eighth year working with the men’s basketball team. DeMayo is directly responsible for the strength training, conditioning, and flexibility development of the men and women’s basketball teams. He also educates the student-athletes on the proper nutrition to make sure their bodies are performing to their full potential. DeMayo has presented at numerous seminars and clinics in five different states and has coached and lectured for a month at Ningbo University in China. He came to Richmond from Indiana State, where he was a graduate assistant during the 2002 – 2003 academic year.

Follow Jay on Instagram and Twitter: @cvasps | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“It’s kind of time to stop fighting and bickering about exercise and this and that and start talking about principles and results and performance and things that we can do to make sure we’re doing things better for the people we work for—and that’s the athlete.” 9:21

“We tend to look at people (coaches) differently because they’re American.” 11:11

“I have no problem with an athlete saying ‘I don’t want to deadlift, I want trap bar deadlift or sumo deadlift’ because until you can show me research that shows if you deadlift X amount of bodyweight, then you’ll go to the NBA, then who cares? It’s general exercise, keep getting strong at it until you’re stuck.” 14:55

“You have to own the position… If you want your kids to hit squat depth or whatever it is but you don’t teach them how to be in that bottom position, I think you’re asking for problems.” 21:53

“The principle behind everything is to get a little better each time.” 24:41

Suggested reading:
Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew 29:24
1 x 20 by Michael Yessis 30:02
Supertraining by Mel Siff 30:11
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe 31:50

“I think if you’re starting… the one thing you have to be willing to do, and a lot of us have done wrong, is that we don’t have the ability to say no.” 32:41

“Shut up and listen.” 33:39

“There’s nothing like a Buddy Morris rant.” 34:46

“The Rock said it best; ‘sometimes you just have to know your role and shut your mouth’”. 35:39

“It’s years of work to just understand what you’re doing.” 36:57

“What we do is really important but what we do does not trump what the sport coach does or what the athletes do.” 38:12

“When there’s a job that’s posted that means that other people are working more because it’s open so calling and emailing isn’t probably your best bet to inquire about it.” 42:35

“There’s got to be something better we can do than use exercise as punishment.” 45:46
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 15: Jay DeMayo


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 14: Loren Landow

Loren Landow, Director of Sports Performance at Landow Performance Denver, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about beginning your coaching career, having longevity at one institution, where and when to “pick your battles” (or not), and learning to listen.

Loren Landow, CSCS,*D, is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. His goal is to maximize human performance, while decreasing the likelihood of injury. Landow has trained thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities, including over 500 professional athletes in the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and Olympic athletes. Landow has worked with over 30 NFL All-Pros and over 20 first-round draft selections in the NFL. He recently published “My Offseason with the Denver Broncos: Building a Championship Team (While Nobody’s Watching).”

Find Loren on Twitter: @LorenLandow | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“We know our ‘why,’ but we’re trying to evolve our ‘why’ and truly grow as coaches each and every day.” 4:01

“We’ve put together this team of practitioners (the Resilience Project) and everything we do is data driven.” 13:52

“My ‘why’ is to be a source of direction to guide your path, help you find your way, I want to be that person to help guide a path.” 16:43

“I want to show coaches that you make a living in this industry in the private sector and you can make a very nice living… you can do all those things… you just have to get up every morning and push.” 17:56

“I think I’m equivalent to a greyhound dog because if I’m not coaching, I’m going to lose my mind.” 18:41

“Most of my employees have been interns for me and I don’t care about your resume, I do not care about what you’ve done… what I care about is how you interact with our team… are you a ‘me’ or a ‘we’ guy?” 19:40

“During the internship I’ve got 400 – 600 hours that I can evaluate you, I can watch you. If you walk into the bathroom and there’s water all over the sink are you going to wipe it down or are you just going to leave it? If you see some paper on the ground are you going to pick it up and throw it away?” 20:22

“Just watching who you are from a character standpoint and a value standpoint that tells me all I need to know.” 20:50

“I can’t teach you to be a good person, I can’t teach you to be a person who has good relationships, I can’t teach you to be a good team player, but if you are those things I do believe I can teach you how to be a good coach.” 20:58

“Our time is limited in everything that we do, so to me it makes no sense to do anything half-hearted.” 23:05

“I want to be able to share a passion of mine and something that gives a purpose to our industry.” 25:45

“We talk about putting ourselves in vulnerable positions to make ourselves grow.” 27:12

“If you have a question ask it, don’t be intimidated, don’t be afraid to go up and talk to a speaker or someone you look up to.” 29:21

“Mentorship is a two way street.” 29:42

“Don’t just take, take, take. Provide and give.” 30:05

“Always pay homage to those ‘who have set the table for you.’” 30:36

“With all the mistakes I’ve made within the industry, I would not change a single one because I’ve truly learned from them.” 33:01

“Working with the middle school athletes, that’s where you really learn a lot.” 37:10

“People give up way too soon… it’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be a grind (to become the best).” 38:07
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 14: Loren Landow


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 13: Matthew Van Dyke

Matthew Van Dyke, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Denver, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about professional development, working as part of a comprehensive sports performance team, and developing additional knowledge in the field.

Matt Van Dyke, MS, is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Denver where he is responsible for the speed, strength, conditioning, and mobility workouts for the men’s lacrosse, alpine ski, volleyball, tennis, and swimming teams. Prior to his position with the University of Denver, Van Dyke was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota. During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Van Dyke was responsible for performance programming for men’s and women’s hockey, baseball, track and field, and the women’s golf team. He has presented at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) National Conference and has presented at the Minnesota Sports Performance Clinic. Additionally, he is a co-author of Triphasic Training: A High School Strength and Conditioning Manual and author of several articles on xlathlete.com as well as his professional website, vandykestrength.com.

Find Matt on Twitter: @Matt_VanDyke | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“The idea that we are stress managers is how I’m going to focus my time with athletes.” 2:28

“How the athlete is perceiving stress is always going to be a more critical piece of the puzzle than anything else.” 6:17

“We’re on a quarter system at DU, so basically every 10 weeks our athletes are having finals and the likelihood of injury is increased because the body views stress as stress. So how can we vary our training program to ensure we keep our athletes performing at a high level?” 7:30

“Make the most of every opportunity you have. Regardless of what school you’re at, you’re all going to be tasked with different responsibilities. Whether it’s taking out the trash or restocking the fueling station, whatever it is you have to do the absolute best you can do at that because as you progress at those, you’ll be given more responsibilities.” 13:55

“As a young coach, I knew how to get guys strong, but you learn quick there are so many more variables than just that.” 16:14

“For us, nothing is ever set in stone.” 18:10

“Time management and understanding how important your network is to this profession is key.” 20:30

“Writing is a tremendous method to explain the methods that you’re using with your athletes.” 24:30

“I think a roadblock is knowing there’s always going to be the work to personal life ratio. Going into this profession knowing this isn’t a ‘9 – 5’ is key.” 28:25

“What are you doing for your continuing education?” 29:55

“It never feels like work, you’re not stuck in a cubicle, you’re moving every day.” 34:40

“It’s more about development in the long run, because the majority of our athletes aren’t going to play professional sports.” 35:31
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 13: Matthew Van Dyke


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 12: Katie Fowler

Katie Fowler, from the University of South Carolina, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about being part of a National Championship team/culture, successful intern qualities, being a female strength and conditioning coach in a male dominated profession, and the influence of data in strength and conditioning.

Katie Fowler, CSCS, is in her third season as the strength and conditioning coach for the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, she spent three seasons as the assistant director for basketball performance at the University of Maryland, where she worked with women's basketball and helped them to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sweet 16 (2013) and two NCAA Final Fours (2014 and 2015), in addition to continuing to work with Maryland alumnae playing in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Fowler is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and holds Precision Nutrition Level-1 Certification and a Fascial Stretch Therapy Certification.

Find Katie on Twitter: @_KatieFowler ‏ | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“It’s a six game win streak to win a National Championship.” - 1:30

“Having the ability to ‘turn it off’ and have interests outside of [strength and conditioning] is important.” – 7:14

(Regarding successful interns) “They have confidence but yet humility and they want to keep learning.” – 11:45

“Have the confidence to go up to other coaches and introduce yourself, and not be afraid to go out on a limb sometimes.” – 12:46

“Don’t be discouraged [at a competitive profession], there are opportunities and it is a really rewarding profession.” - 16:15

“If you want to work at the college level, go work at the college level, if you want to work in the NBA, go work in the NBA. There at no limits.” – 16:40

“How do we decide what data is going to be useful [to our sport coaches]?” - 20:20

Books – Pete Egoscue (anything by him), Extreme Ownership, Give and Take, The Feminine Mystique - 25:00
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 12: Katie Fowler


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 11: Cal Dietz

Cal Dietz, from the University of Minnesota, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about putting new learning into application, and many aspects of professional and personal development.

Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning Coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000, including men’s hockey, men’s basketball, women’s hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s swimming, track and field, baseball, and wrestling. During his tenure, Dietz has trained a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, as well as athletes that have achieved 450 All-American honors, 31 Big Ten/Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Championships teams, and 10 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship teams. Previously, Dietz was the strength coordinator at the University of Findlay.

Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“We’re all in this together, we’re trying to make people better.” - 3:37

“I got into [strength and conditioning] because I think I can help kids have a great experience.” - 5:30

“I've had a huge influence on kids that I didn't even know I had.” - 6:28

“You can train, have a process, and get better.” - 7:41

“Even if it's not a good job right away, make it the job you want it to be.” - 12:03

“Don't get frustrated. Keep making the job better.” - 12:30

“The most developmental times I've had are when I've had assistants who question me.” - 22:12

“Adaptability in a young coach is important.” - 23:01

“After a coaching change, don't rip on the other staff.” - 26:03

“As a young coach, the most important thing is your networking.” - 36:50

“This business is about people, and you'll win with people.” - 39:38

“You can't have everything all the time.” - 52:45
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 11:  Cal Dietz


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 10: Jim Davis

Jim Davis, Director of the Good Athlete Project, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about developments in high school coaching, options for how to structure and fund a high school position, coaching for kindness, and the application of cognitive neuroscience to fitness and exercise.

Jim Davis has studied at Harvard University, Northwestern University, and Knox College. He is the Founder of the Good Athlete Project, Director of the Illinois High School Powerlifting Association, and the Staff and Student Wellness Coordinator at New Trier High School. He presents internationally on human development in athletics; and his written work has appeared in The Harvard Crimson, American Football Monthly, and This is AFCA; and was recently recognized as one of the National Interscholastic Swim Coach Association’s (NISCA) Magazine’s Best of 2016.

Find the Good Athlete Project on Twitter: @Coach4Kindness | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“Chase the work that you’re willing to do.” - 2:48

“Under 1% of the [HS] athletic population will get money to go play... What we really try to instill in [our athletes] is that it’s not about the end game. We’re not doing this because there’s a pro contract sitting out there for you. We’re doing this because there are so many other life lessons to learn from this.” – 10:51

“Promoting health and wellness in a community: that on its own is worthwhile.” – 11:23

“There’s value in consistency. There’s value in showing up every day. You’ll see progress... In all of education, there’s probably no more clear demonstration of ‘you put in this much work and you’ll see something on the back end.’” – 11:49

“You show up every day: you work, you improve. There are very few areas of life where you can see so cleanly how that works.” - 12:12

“‘Sports gone wrong,’ that’s a headline every day. ‘Sports gone right,’ that doesn’t make headlines but it’s something we’re pretty heavily involved in.” - 15:07

“We’re actually deliberately trying to coach for kindness.” – 14:21

“I think exercise-induced neuro-enhancement... is what will change education for the better, once it is fully adopted and practitioners understand how to implement it. And I think it’s going to save physical education.” – 18:28

On managing stress and competing demands: “When you are doing the thing that you are doing, do that thing.” – 28:52

On changing culture: “If [one thing] strength and conditioning does is support people and make them more safe on the field, then we need to break down the barrier between female athletes and the weight room.” – 38:00

“Open dialogue has to start from the top down. Otherwise what you do is... put the top on top and everyone else talks among themselves, and that can be a toxic environment.” – 41:23

“The Good Athlete Project aims to help people realize their potential through athletics.” – 42:50

“One of the biggest keys to leadership is listening.” – 46:30
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 10: Jim Davis


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 9: Bryan Mann

Bryan Mann, from the University of Missouri, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about the future of velocity-based training, work-life balance, and getting a PhD while being a full-time strength and conditioning coach.

Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS, RSCC*D, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Director of Performance Research for Intercollegiate Athletics, and Director of Research for the University of Missouri-Human Performance Institute. He has been involved in strength and conditioning since 1999. He has experience working with athletes at all levels, including many Olympians and professional athletes. Mann earned his Doctorate in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Missouri in 2011 with an emphasis in Sports Psychology and Fitness.

Find Bryan on Twitter: @jbryanmann | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~ Show Notes ~

“The better you are at something, the slower you can go and the heavier loads you can lift.” - 6:59

“If we go where the research is leading us, we’re going to look at special exercises.” - 8:18

“The effect of the feedback from velocity is so crucial.” - 8:29

NSCA College Coaches Special Interest Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NSCA.CollegeCoachesSIG/ - 16:40

“If I heard an interview with somebody that said something I liked, or that I wanted to know more on, I called them up.” - 21:41

“Shaking hands... it’s a lot different than using your thumbs on Twitter.” - 23:25

“I thought I had something to contribute, so I had a responsibility to contribute.” - 30:31

“I make people angry all the time, I'm good at that—that means nothing to me.” - 33:23

“Sometimes people fail because they don’t really want it.” - 38:05

“I’m a product of the people who have been around me.” - 40:13

“If you claim yourself as an expert, you’re not. It just means you don’t know what you don’t know.” - 41:03
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 9: Bryan Mann


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 8: Ron McKeefery

Ron McKeefery, Vice President of Performance and Education for PLAE, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how he got started with the Iron Game Chalk Talk, his involvement with the NSCA, the value in attending and putting on events, the future of the profession, decision paralysis, and creating culture in the weight room.

Ron McKeefery, MA, CSCS,*D is the Vice President of Performance and Education for PLAE and has been working as a strength and conditioning coach at the professional and collegiate level for over 20 years. McKeefery was named the Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2016, and has had the privilege of working with over 80 players that have gone on to play in the National Football League (NFL). In addition to a successful coaching career, McKeefery is also the best-selling author of “CEO Strength Coach.”

Find Ron on Twitter: @rmckeefery | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“I’ve gotten so much more out of it than I could ever give to anybody.” 3:19

“I went to [my first] conference and literally talked to one person.” 5:40

“There’s a big difference between Coach Mac and Ron McKeefery. They’re two totally different people.” 6:03

“You don’t have the time to build really meaningful relationships in your own life, you’re so focused on your athletes’ lives.” 8:16

“Going to conferences and events and participating is a way to surround yourself with like-minded people.” 8:35

“Fortunately we have lots of different people who are doing some great things, that are putting on events, that you should be able to get to something.” 12:20

“I think the biggest challenge in our profession is making it so strength coaches retire being strength coaches.” 13:21

“We need to find ways to grow our profession.” 15:01

“We should be focused on getting a strength coach in every high school.” 16:19

“We need to be creating a degree in strength and conditioning specifically.” 17:07

“I want to be called ‘Coach.’ That’s something that really resonates with me.” 21:27

“The biggest thing that strength coaches can bring to sports medicine is that accountability—they have the ability to hold the athlete more accountable.” 28:03

“We have complex problems so we try to provide complex solutions... the challenge is to think of the simplest way to correct a problem.” 32:19

“Your athletes are never going to love the weight room as much as you do. You just have to provide the framework for an accountable program and make sure you enforce that consistently.” 35:30

“If we can coach coaches, I don’t think there’s any higher calling than that.” 37:44

“As a leader, you need to have a giving heart.” 38:21

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage, by Brene Brown. https://www.amazon.com/Power-Vulnerability-Teachings-Authenticity-Connection/dp/1604078588. 47:45
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 8: Ron McKeefery


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 7: Clayton Kuklick

Clayton Kuklick, coaching researcher at the University of Denver, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about what it truly means to be a master coach. Topics under discussion include motor learning, practice design, mentorship in coaching, and coaching standards.

Clayton Kuklick, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts in Sport Coaching program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. His research interests revolve around coaching development and improving athletic performance. His focus and passion is on developing ways to help coaches enrich their current coaching approaches with the intent to enhance their athlete’s performance on and off the field.

Clayton can be reached at clayton.kuklick@du.edu. Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

“The master coaches that I have great respect for, the diversity of their knowledge is absolutely amazing.” 6:35

“Getting good mentors and connecting with coaches that possess different forms of knowledge in a diverse range of areas is really important.” 8:50

“There are so many little ingredients that matter.” 12:55

Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach, by Frans Bosch (https://www.amazon.com/Strength-training-coordination-integrative-2015-10-01/dp/B01N2GIXEC to find it on Amazon) 13:46

“I constantly reflect on my previous experiences and where I fit in there. It’s not one person or one thing. It’s a multitude of people, a network.” 16:13

“I can have this informal network... I’m still constantly calling coaches to bounce coaching ideas and problem-solve together.” 16:25

“There should be a standard for where we are going.” 22:13

“If this is your value system, then how do you demonstrate it? What are the behaviors that go with that?” 22:53

“If you look at my teaching philosophy compared to my coaching philosophy... they are exactly the same.” 25:58

“Implement strategies to help people develop.” 27:39

“We’re trying to help coaches win more games and improve their athlete outcomes by connecting research to their professional practice.” 30:43

“Coaches look for the magic sauce... it might be coaching education.” 30:56

“We get stuck in our previous experiences sometimes, and we’re socialized to do certain things.” 31:40
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 7: Clayton Kuklick


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 6: Megan Young

Megan Young, Performance Coach at Auburn University, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about the data revolution and combining science and coaching to validate the “coaching eye.” They also discuss the importance of your professional network, building a strong performance team, and the need to unify the profession.

Megan Young, PhD, CSCS, RSCC, is a Performance Coach at Auburn University and does all performance training for the women’s soccer team there. She has presented multiple times for national organizations on a variety of topics, is a reviewer for The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and is on the Conference Committee for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Follow Megan on Twitter: @coachmega | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield

~Show Notes~

"If you have a good relationship going into trying to create something, it's a lot smoother when everyone is communicating in the same language and is on the same page." - 3:38

"I wanted to know without a doubt that when I have numbers in front of me, is the dataset I'm working with valid, is it reliable? Am I collecting good data?" - 7:07

"Everything always goes back to people and relationships, whether we are talking coaching or life." - 9:30

"The more you can understand people, the more you understand a situation." - 10:06

"I never had a bad day in terms of what my outlook was, and that was surely because of my support circle... When you have really strong people in your circle ... you can handle stuff." - 22:19

"You talk about a saturated field and market ... there are plenty of people standing in line to take that $30,000 entry-level job. Why is it still $30,000? Our value with a Master's Degree, experience, certification, whatever that may be, it has to be a higher minimum." - 25:10

"You have to find value outside of your job. And don't feel ashamed for it." - 29:58

"You're not winning as a strength coach by having the most hours in the weight room. You're losing." - 30:04
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 6: Megan Young


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 5: J. Aggabao

J. Aggabao, former Assistant Strength Coach for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL), talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about coaching in the NFL. Topics under discussion include getting a foot in the door in the NFL, what happens when your head coach gets let go, and misconceptions about being an NFL strength coach.

J. Aggabao spent four seasons as the Assistant Strength Coach for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He interned as a Strength Coach at Washington State University prior to attending graduate school at Illinois State University.

~Show Notes~

"My path for getting to the NFL was to reach out to several different NFL coaches. I heard back from 1 ... I was able to get my foot in the door as an intern." 2:05

"Being certified through the NSCA is definitely important. Having a certification of that caliber is necessary." 2:57

"Communication skills and understanding the sport psyche of these millennial athletes is very important." 3:16

"When they select the head coach, that coach will be able to determine who his head strength and conditioning coach will be. Whether they have someone in mind already that they've worked with ... or if they give me a chance to interview." 5:39

"Everybody thinks it's a glorified job, that you don't work the long collegiate hours -- that's one of the myths." 7:00

"My first year as an intern [in the NFL], I made less than I did as a GA in college." 7:30

"Be the best wherever you are ... While you are in your lane, make sure you are doing everything to the best of your ability." 11:58

"You have to be open to adaptability and change, but within your core philosophy." 17:05

Find J. on Twitter: @jaggabao | Find Scott on Twitter: @scottcaulfield
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 5: J. Aggabao


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 4: Lance Walker

Lance Walker, Global Director of Performance at Michael Johnson Performance (MJP), talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about being unselfish in your work, developing your people skills in order to be a better coach, and mapping out your professional path.

Lance Walker, PT, CSCS, is the Global Director of Performance at MJP in McKinney, TX. He directs global operations for the company in the United States, China, and England, and is also responsible for ensuring product development and implementation for MJP licensed facilities. Walker served three seasons as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Dallas Cowboys National Football League (NFL) team. He has an extensive background in strength and conditioning and sports medicine at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Prior to joining the Dallas Cowboys, Walker held performance trainer positions at the University of Oklahoma, where he worked directly with athletes across many sports.

~Show Notes~

“It's selfishness, I think, that limits us. And also maybe ego.” 2:15

“Make sure you dedicate a piece of your development the rest of your life to your emotional intelligence - your people skills, your ability to be empathetic, your ability to seek first to understand.” 13:00

"Know humans. Know about human interaction. Know about how to respond to people and how they respond to you." 13:30

“So many folks lack a system of arranging information ... I wish I could go back and set up that arrangement system first.” 14:03

“It’s starting to be multi-disciplinary where everybody is coming together, getting on the same page. The youth stuff is exciting, the physio space, they're starting to see the CSCS as a real differentiator for them in their practices, and still being able to pull the applied people into those rooms.” 18:05

“The people part of this business is so important, that’s why that becomes a thing of networks. It’s because they know that the people part of this business, if you don't have that right, none of the other stuff is going to matter.” 20:59

“I set up a yearly sort of professional development program to get to what I want to be someday and those stepwise things, that strategic plan we talked about ... you have to do that. You have to have a strategic plan: objectives, strategies, KPIs, tactics to use, metrics of monitoring all along the way to get there, or you're just hoping.” 22:55

“It was honesty from colleagues ... but it had to me be me pulling them aside and saying, ‘Look, will you be brutally honest with me and tell me what I'm missing. Where are my blind spots?’ ... The epiphany moment was to ask the question.” 25:44

“I’m on a path. I have a good idea where I want that path to go, but knowing exactly where that path is ... I don’t know.” 32:42
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 4: Lance Walker


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 3: Tim Pelot

Tim Pelot, Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach for the United States Olympic Committee, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about coaching Olympic athletes. Topics under discussion include building relationships, the unique challenges of working within national team programs, how to work with other elite professionals, and leveraging social media to expand your network.

Tim Pelot, CSCS, has spent time in the collegiate, professional, and private settings. He is currently a Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Pelot has been involved with the USOC for nine years in the following sports: bobsled, skeleton, luge, alpine ski, aerial ski, freestyle ski, canoe, kayak, freestyle and Greco wrestling, indoor volleyball, track cycling, judo, speed skating short track, water polo, beach volleyball, swimming, and boxing. In his tenure with the USOC, he has helped support the attainment of 20 major international gold medals, two World Cup titles, two World Championship titles, three Olympic bronze medals, one Olympic silver medal, and three Olympic gold medals.
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 3: Tim Pelot


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 2: Matt Shaw

Matt Shaw, Director of Sports Performance at the University of Denver, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield. Topics under discussion include transitioning between jobs, separating yourself as an intern, building strategic relationships, working between departments, and how strength and conditioning coaches should be evaluated.

Matt Shaw, CSCS, RSCC is in his fifth year working at the University of Denver. He was promoted to Director of Sports Performance in August 2016, where he oversees the development of men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s golf. Additionally, he works and consults with athletes from the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS). Prior to the University of Denver, Shaw was an Assistant Coach at Boston University and completed internships at the University of South Carolina, Harvard University, Boston University, and for Mike Boyle. Shaw is the recipient of the 2016 National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award.
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 2: Matt Shaw


NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 1: Brendon Huttmann

Brendon Huttmann, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, the Sports Science Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball (MLB) team, talks to the NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about the role of the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) in MLB.

The 2017 season will be Brendon Huttmann’s second as the Sports Science Coordinator for Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. Previously, he served as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for four seasons and spent four years in the same capacity with the Los Angeles Dodgers team. He worked five seasons in the Cleveland Indians organization as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and also worked as a Minor League Strength Coach in the Colorado Rockies organization in 2002 and with the Kansas City Royals organization in 2001. Huttmann is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he worked with the baseball team. Find Brendon on Twitter: @09_bhutt
NSCA’s Coaching Podcast, Episode 1: Brendon Huttmann

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