Loved this piece from ESPN’s Myron Medcalf titled, “How Strength Coaches are Taking Over College Basketball.” It’s a great read on the evolving role of the strength coach within a basketball program. Medcalf writes that more than ever is there a synergy between the strength coach and the head coach. The strength industry has shifted away from the meathead image and its value within a staff has increased significantly.
The growing significance of Rolinski and his peers in college basketball demonstrates the philosophical shift within the game that has made strength coaches pivotal assistants, not the stereotypical meatheads who just scream at players while they throw weights around a few days per week.
“Each athlete is different,” Rolinski said. “You want to get to know them. I want to climb inside their soul and figure them out. They all have different attributes, and everybody’s got different needs. … I have their best interests in mind. I know they’re not coming here on a weightlifting scholarship. They’re coming here to play basketball, so let’s look, and let’s identify your weakness and teach you how to turn it into a strength.”
For more on the strength industry:
-Inside Mississippi State’s strength program (LINK)
-Basketball Strength & Conditioning: Above the Rim with Jon Sanderson (LINK)
-Weight room key for Maryland Hoops (LINK)
-Virginia Basketball’s weight room philosophy (LINK)
-Oklahoma State’s Strength Program (LINK)