Strength & Conditioning

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1. To change the mindset of each student-athlete by changing the way they think, which will allow them to change the way they train. As a result, these changes will without a doubt lead to better performance and a greater understanding of strength & conditioning.

2. Provide all student-athletes with the most competitive-edge training.

3. Keep all student-athletes in great mental & physical health throughout the year.

4. Educate & cross-train each other as well as our student-athletes on cutting-edge training techniques, which will better the athletes and coaches at this university.

Keys to Successful Performance

Maximal Physical Preparation

Sound Nutritional Practices

Optimal Mental Training

1. Intense training (progressive overload)

2. Proper recovery (rest and therapeutic modalities)

3. Daily healthy nutrition choices

4. Being completely focused and detailed about the task at hand

The Role of the Strength Coach

(very intrinsic to an athlete's success)

Improve Performance

Decrease Chances of Potential Injury

1. Daily interaction with student athletes (motivation, guidance, encouragement)

2. Assist with mental training

3. Strength gains occur by the overload progression of the strength & conditioning cycle. Training will cause one to generate a neuromuscular response so that the athlete can gradually increase their level of strength and power during the duration of the year. As an end result, you must overload the muscle to train at the highest level to get maximal results.

Strength & Conditioning Coach Goals

Minimize Injury Occurrences and Avoid Overtraining

Motivate Our Student-Athletes

1. Bring energy and demand more (never settle). Escalate to the next level.

2. Each coach must be sharp and alert to immediately correct all flaws seen in technique by any athlete. If the lift is executed in the right way, positive gains will come and the results will show.

3. Anyone can write a workout, but you have to get your athletes to believe, be fully committed and give maximal effort each training session (even when it is not game day).

Daily Strength & Conditioning Program Goals

  1. Maximize genetic potential: Speed, power, quickness, balance, kinesthetic awareness.  Don't compare yourself; prepare daily!
  2. Athlete/sport specific: Speed, metabolic, strength and explosive power training, specific joint actions, correct bad compensation patterns & also injury prone areas.
  3. Create a safe controlled environment for the athlete: Good supervision & correct instruction.
  4. Prevent injury: An injured athlete cannot help us win.  Any area of the body that can be injured will be trained. 
  5. Intensity: The athlete must put a strain on the body in order to grow.  Success is an uncomfortable process.  You have to become uncomfortable for growth to occur.
  6. Variety:  Keep the athlete tuned in.  Make your programs as sport specific and efficient as possible.  

 Wildcat Strength & Conditioning Values













The strength and conditioning staff's greatest concern and biggest emphasis is to increase your strength and power output.  In any sport, the player that produces the most amount of power in the shortest amount of time will win.  The strength staff strives to help each player transfer the weightlifting and conditioning that is done on a daily basis into exceptional play and victories.  Nothing will be accomplished unless the mindset of each student-athlete is not transformed, trained and educated.

"Tough times never last, tough people do." - Robert Schuller


Corliss Fingers - Director of Strength & Conditioning

James Whitener III - Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Tom SusewitzAssistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Chris Collins - Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant