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Strength Coach

Postby T-fan on Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:36 pm

I think it would be in the best interests of the Wofford athletic program if they would make a committment to a strength and conditioning program.
Their previous strength coach was paid peanuts and was better off taking
an assistant position at a school in the same conference. Let's give our athletes a chance to be as good as they can be and give them the resources to succeed.
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Postby WoCo32 on Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:41 pm

They have had this problem since before I played. Every resemblence of a strength coach has been paid peanuts and they usually have to do some other job most of the time to make ends meet. They will have to do maintainence or grounds crew work all day to keep afloat. This and the fact that there isn't an "athlete only" weight room and workout facility is really holding the program back. These types of things fly under the radar usually but they rear their heads on gameday and during recruiting season.
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Re: Strength Coach

Postby gofurman on Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:00 pm

T-fan wrote:I think it would be in the best interests of the Wofford athletic program if they would make a committment to a strength and conditioning program.
Their previous strength coach was paid peanuts and was better off taking
an assistant position at a school in the same conference. Let's give our athletes a chance to be as good as they can be and give them the resources to succeed.


where did this guy go to be an assistant - wow, that has to be tough not to have an athelete only weight room, esp in recruiting
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Postby Terriertime on Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:41 pm

To me, the weight room is really the only dissapointing facility Wofford Football has. The trianing room, practice fields, Locker room, coaches offices, and stadium are all first-class facilities. I too, would like to see them upgrade the weight room in the future; however, I think the weight room is serviceable, just not flashy (which does appeal to recruiting). I would also like to see more of a committment from the administration as far as a strength coach. I would hope the only reason we lose a successful coach is because he's going to a bigger school in a more prestigous conference. I don't want to lose a coach who takes a lesser position in the same conference because he was being paid a good deal more money.
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Postby appstfan on Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:44 am

Robertson on opposite side this time
TODD SHANESY, Staff Writer

It was an awkward time to leave, but nobody could blame Wofford strength coach Josh Robertson for going to Appalachian State.

Robertson, who had been with the Terriers for two years, packed up and left for Boone, N.C., just days before the first football game. On Saturday, he'll see his former team on the opposite sideline.

"I'm getting ready to go into a season with the team I've worked with for a while," Robertson said, "and all of the sudden, I'm going to the national champions. A little bit of pressure, wouldn't you say?"

He is assistant strength coach at ASU, working with the football, basketball and baseball programs.

"Josh deserved it," Wofford head football coach Mike Ayers said. "He earned it and we're happy for him. We miss him. He had his own way and it was a little bit different, but he did a great job. I'm looking forward to seeing him."

The Terriers became a little weaker when they lost Robertson. Wofford did not replace him and doesn't have anyone in charge of strength and conditioning. The coaches have been doing it themselves.

"He gave us the program and we're just trying to carry through with it," Ayers said. "The secrets were hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar."

The sleds weren't Robertson's original idea, but he certainly enjoyed the power they brought – both to the players and to himself when he threatened to use them as punishment.
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Postby T-fan on Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:44 pm

I think the strength coach was getting 8 grand a year. If Wofford wants to run with the big boys its time to level the playing field. I wonder if Byrnes High School makes more of a committment?
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Postby Eyes of Old Main on Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:41 am

I didn't know the situation was quite like it is, but I have thought for several years that Wofford was probably behind most of the rest of the SoCon as far as strength and conditioning was concerned.

I don't see the weight room as a big problem considering it must be good enough for the Panthers and they can easily close it whenever the athletes want to use it to keep the general student population out.

But, not having a S&C coach, or not having the resources to keep a good one, is a problem. I'd rather see other budgets trimmed or something because no amount of recruit talent is going to be good enough to compete if they can't be brought up to shape through a disciplined training program.
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Postby TDOG21 on Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:02 pm

I agree this is really a problem. A good strength and conditioning coach can raise the level of play for so many different sports. The part-time/groundskeeper approach is definitely not the answer. Nobody would ask a French professor to cook meals in Burwell. While that example maybe a little extreme, the point remains that Wofford needs a specialist in strength and conditioning, who can focus on his area of specialty. Wofford has plenty of teams to keep that coach busy.

As regards to the weight room, a separate student workout facility is definitely needed. It would benefit both the students and the student athletes. The general student body does not need four power clean station and eight squat racks, while the football team does not need four elliptical machines. While the panthers do use the Richardson building during training camp, it is setup differently and spills over into the racquetball courts. For recruiting purposes and simple convenience, a separate area is needed for students to work out.

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Postby Eyes of Old Main on Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:13 pm

I don't know much about this topic, but if Wofford's weight room and S&C coach situation is really at the bottom of the SoCon, then something should be done.

Whether that is a move to get more toward the middle of the pack or to duplicate or improve upon what the big boys are doing would have to be decided based off space, budget and desire. But, if we really want Wofford to compete for conference championships, then something is goint to have to be done.

Perhaps one conference title in all sports in 10 years highlights this best (although I will note that Wofford has made up lightyears of ground since joining the SoCon).

So I guess the real question here is what does Furman and The Citadel have in these areas? What about Appalachian and Georgia Southern? What about smaller I-A's like the Sun Belt schools? Once those questions are answered, then it's a matter of defining what Wofford needs and raising the money to get it.
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