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College Strength Profile of the Week: Boise State University

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College Strength Profile of the Week:  Boise State University

Boise State Strength & Conditioning Program

Website: https://www.nmnathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9900&KEY=&ATCLID=611906
Location: Boise, Idaho, USA
Members: 24
Latest Activity: Sep 7, 2011

Program Specifics: Boise State University

Name: Boise State University
Private or Public: Public University
Location: Boise, ID, USA
Mascot: "Broncos"
Size: ~18,850 +/- in 2009 (~17,500 undergraduate, with the balance graduate students)
Director of Strength and Conditioning: Tim Socha

Overview: Boise State University, founded in 1932, competes in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). With 7 men's varsity athletic programs and 10 women's varsity athletic programs Boise State does not field a vast number of athletic programs compared to some of the universities competing in larger conferences (such as the Southeastern Conference, for example). However, when Boise State fields an athletic team, the competition knows it is going to have its hands full. Boise State finished the 2008-09 athletic season ranked in the Top 50 (49th) in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup rankings of the top Division 1 college athletic programs in the country. This represents the highest ranking among any WAC conference athletic program. The modern age of the Boise State athletic program has been presided over by athletic director, Gene Bleymaier. During his 29 years with Boise State, and his 27 years as athletic director, Mr. Bleymaier has led Boise State's transition from a regional athletic program to one that is consistently mentioned in the national headlines. With wins over national powers such as Oklahoma and national rankings as high as #4 in the national Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll during this year's season, credit for this national awareness goes, in large part, to the football team's stellar and consistent performance over the past few years. While football may have led the way to national recognition, the on-field performance of remainder of Boise State's athletic teams have served to reinforce that Boise State's athletic program is not looking back: Now that it's on the national stage, Boise State intends to stay there.

"Iron sharpens iron". Every Boise State football player wears this quote on his wrist via a black armband fashioned by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tim Socha. While one can never capture the true essence of a coach's philosophy through one sentence, "iron sharpens iron" provides a small window into the training methodology Socha impresses upon his student-athletes. These bracelets, symbolizing the fact that each player must strive to reach their ultimate physical and mental football capability in order to push the team as a whole to reach it's premiere performance capability, also includes a daily goal: 2%. By striving to improve themselves a minimum of 2% each day, the team as a whole will grow stronger. Under Tim's tutelage there is rarely a day where physical or mental improvement is not stressed. For those of you who have watched Boise State on the football field, you can see the direct translation of this mentality in their on-field performance where they have dominated opponents in recent years.

Tim Socha began his career in the realm of strength and conditioning following his tenure as a football player at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a degree in kinesiology and a minor in coaching. While serving as a graduate assistant at Auburn University from 1999-2001, Tim earned his master’s of education in exercise physiology. During his tenure at Auburn, the University of Wyoming and the University of Louisville, Tim honed his skills and strength and conditioning methodology by working with a broad range of sports, including golf, baseball, softball, track and field, wrestling and football. Tim took over the helm of the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Boise State University in May of 2006. In his first season the Broncos finished 13-0 and beat Oklahoma 43-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Given Tim's emphasis on the physical AND mental aspects of athletic training/preparation, expect consistent high performance from the athletic teams fielded by Boise State for years to come.

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