Making a Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant Part 1


Today’s post comes from a good friend of mine. Brandon Lee and I played football together in college and have since both gone the way of fitness. We both also got a late start in the game of strength & conditioning, which any one in the industry will tell you how imperative it is that you start early and hustle always. Given his late start, Brandon has done an outstanding  job of catching up with the trends and keeping up with all the new information coming out every day. So, without boring you too much more with boring stories, here are a couple of questions I asked Brandon about his journey to becoming a strength & conditioning GA:


Jerry: When did you decide that going back to school and being a S&C Grad Assistant was what you wanted to do?


Brandon: I have always wanted to be a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level. An opportunity presented itself and I decided it was now or never to start my path in the strength and conditioning profession. I am very glad I made the move. Working with motivated athletes everyday is a great. Being able to push an athlete to there limit and having them push back is a great feeling. Knowing I am making the athletes  mentally and physically stronger for them to succeed is the best part of the job.


Jerry:  How did you go about getting your name out there and getting your face in front of potential schools and coaches?


Brandon: Network, Network, Network.. Being able to go to clinics and talking to other strength and conditioning coaches around the country helps you get a contact to that school. With me I shadowed the University of Kentucky strength program and kept in contact with the coaches through email or just asking questions. I also have created a relationship with the head strength and conditioning coach at Wyoming.  Just being able to get your name out there is huge. Being from a DIII school it is a little harder because a lot of the DIII schools do not have a full time strength staff. So it makes it harder to get connected to people. You just have to be patient and keep working hard towards your goals. At the end of the day, as strength coaches we all are still training athletes, teaching great technique and having lots of enthusiasm and intensity to go with it.


Jerry: Once you knew that you were going to end up at NCCU, what steps did you take to prepare yourself?


Brandon: Once I knew I was going to be running the baseball and softball programs. I started studying the sports themselves. What particular movements are consistent throughout the sport, what major muscle groups to focus on and talk to the coaches and see what there goals for the team are as far as strength and conditioning. I also talked to as many people in the strength and condition profession and got their ideas and pick their brains about programming!


That’s the end of part 1, good stuff from Brandon so far. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact Brandon on Facebook. For any other information you might want send me a message or leave a comment. I hope everyone is having a great week so far during these last couple of gloomy days!


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