NSCA's Coaching Podcast | Season 1

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.

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

by Scott Caulfield and J. Aggabao
Monday, May 08, 2017

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

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