Preparing for Collegiate Strength Coach Interview

1)  Phone interviews

Be prepared for conference call with whole strength staff, supporting staff, sport coaches, and/or administrators

Know who they are!!!!

Not knowing this is the easiest way for them to disqualify a candidate.

  • i.e. If it’s for football… know every single coach’s name, position, history
  • Know the general analysis of the team (offense & defense)
  • Know what conference they play in and who’s in the conference
  • Know their schedule, know their last couple year’s results
  • Know the strength staff and their experience, their philosophy, their program
  • Know the staff… AD, AT, Compliance, Equipment, etc.
  • Know the university
  • Know the facilities
  • etc. etc. etc.

2) Prepare to answer questions

  • What is your philosophy
  • What are the last three books you read to get better
  • At the end of the day what is important to you
  • How do you incorporate pre-hab into your program
  • What are your goals (now, 5yr, 10yr, etc)
  • If had to pick one exercise what would it be and why
  • What is your demeanor on the floor
  • How do you communicate
  • What is your program design
  • How do you modify an injured athlete’s program
  • How do you analyze or screen an athlete’s shoulder
  • What is your weakness
  • What would you add or bring to our staff
  • This is our program… this there anything you would change or do differently
  • What energy systems do you stress, when, why, etc
  • Nutrition…
  • Weight-gain, weight loss, etc.
  • etc. etc. etc.

3) On-campus Interview

Prepare a packet or manual

  • Know and define your philosophy and apply it to the job
  • Call people!  Find out if it’s an Olympic program… if so then stress Olympic.  If for some stupid reason they’re pseudo Navy Seals… stress beach workouts, log presses, and raft paddling.
  • Define your mission statement
  • What you bring to the table
  • Why that university
  • Your program
  • etc. etc. etc.

Be prepared to demo/coach

  • Clean progression
  • Squat progression
  • PC progression
  • Sprint progression
  • Bound progression
  • Skip progression
  • Agility progression
  • 3-pt start
  • etc. etc. etc.

Be prepared to interview or chat-chit with multiple sport coaches individually or group

Wear your suit!

Be you, be sincere, be real




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My Favorite Shoulder Readiness Routine (10 Minutes)

  1. Pec Fascial Release:
    1. LAX Ball Pec Major for 30sec-1min
  2. Active Release of Pec Minor 30sec-1min
    1. Low Arm Back/Head Rotation
    2. 90 Arm Back/Head Rotation
  3. Lat Fascial Release
    1. General Foam Roll
    2. Deltoid and External Rotators
      1. General LAX Deltoid
      2. Active Release “Chicken Wing”
      3. Active Release “Flexion to Chicken Wing”
  4. Thoracic Spine Bench Extensions 2×6
  5. Thoracic Spine Rotation (Slide & Air Guitar) x6ea
  6. Shoulder Stick Mobilization (Circles)
  7. Below 90 Rack Stretch (Upper Back C/ChC/UBC) 5 second Isometric
    1. Chin Tuck/Posterior Pelvic Tilt
  8. Prone ATW
    1. “A” External Rotation – 5 sec
    2. “T” Thumbs Up – 5 sec
    3. “W” Thumbs Up – 5 sec
  9. 1-Arm Serratus Anterior Wall Press -3x 5 sec
  10. Band External Rotation Activate 3×5
    1. External Rotation
    2. 90-90 External Rotation
  11. Shake It Out Mobility – 1-2min
    1. Little Circles
  12. Arm Swing
    1. XCross
    2. Chopping
    3. Out Diagonal
    4. In Diagonal