For whatever reason, this morning I felt compelled to do more research on Brady Hoke and the football program he's implemented at SDSU in his time there.
Originally, I was trying to find highlights of the 2010 season, but somehow I managed to run across a video montage of San Diego State's Football Strength & Conditioning program on YouTube.
You can watch it here:
Now, I am no certified expert, but as someone who trains for and competes in a variety of sports, I see a TON to like in this video, such as:
- Lots of free weights - hits large "mirror" muscles and small stabilizers
- Some Olympic lifts and compound movements - develops full body strength, power, AND coordinated movement
- Functional training - takes the strength and power from lifting and APPLIES it to simulated football movements before the first snap
- Sled work - also builds on any lower body weight training work, helps athletes near their maximum potential in terms of speed and quickness
- Ropes & towels used as grips - develops hand, wrist, and forearm strength
- Kettlebells - helps develop dynamic power, also assists with coordination
- Sandbags - shifting, irregular shape develops coordination, strength, and the ability to latch onto an opposing player
I really liked the mix of supportive and competitive tasks the players dealt with. That always promotes team unity.
I also dug the quote from who I assume is Aaron Wellman, the
Football Strength & Conditioning coach for SDSU. Note that he has worked with Brady Hoke since 2004.
You don't have a right to hurt...
You don't have a right to be tired...
All you have...is the right to play your ASS off...every DAY!
That's your RIGHT!
Mr. Wellman's bio and CV is available here:
Wellman spent his collegiate career at Indiana and his professional stops are Indiana, Michigan State, Ball State, and SDSU. I'm sure he likes it out in SD, but he would probably be very interested in heading to Michigan if Hoke turns out to be the guy.
Okay, so I've posted all of this, and many people who've read to this point are thinking, "Great, but what does this mean for Michigan?"
Based on my research, I believe that Michigan Football's Strength & Conditioning situation is in good shape if Hoke is hired as the head coach. To me, the video posted above is clear evidence that Hoke and Wellman understand how to run a modern, effective football S&C program. I state this because everything I've heard and read indicates that Barwis has been using similar methods in Ann Arbor.
Thus, if Hoke turns out to be the guy I believe that he will understand and approve of Barwis' methods, ultimately retaining him. If Hoke declines to retain Barwis, based on the video above, I believe that Mr. Wellman is capable of continuing and building on Barwis' work conditioning Michigan football players.
Nowhere do I see evidence that Hoke will take us back to the days of Gittleson and PIZZA!