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good article on what rich rod does. i think the strength and conditioning profession is too competitive and the only ones who make it are the ones who have the resources to intern or who are lucky to know someone in the field. There are some great coaches at the lower levels DIII NAIA High school who are probably better, more knowledgeable than some DI coaches, however, they may not be considered for a job just because of where they are. I think some of these guys deserve a shot to at least an interview. I've spoken with many guys who would love to be in the field but there are coaches out there who will put them down for not working in a certain setting or sport. Frankly, I think some of the training at a certain level is complete bull. If you took the training/programming/etc of coaches from different levels, they might all be very similar. I think the higher up you go the less you kind of have to do because of the athleticism of some of these athletes; it sometimes may become rule #1 for strength coaches= DO NO HARM. I have spoken with pro coaches high school and college guys. Training very similar, except the higher level college guys or pros have some conservative approaches because they dont want to hurt these guys. 

Not that any one is going to really care or might not want to agree here but its just what I think. Feel free to respond in a message or on the blog.

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Comment by John Weatherly on August 30, 2012 at 4:35pm

Not much job security, move all over in many instances, etc.  Just curious about data on salaries, job satisfaction, for D1, other divisions including small schools, pro etc.  I've seen a few studies but not much on this.  It seems to be a very almost transient field to be a strength and conditioning coach.  How many have a long tenure with the same school or team, retire at the place, etc?

Comment by Ted Perlak on August 30, 2012 at 9:17am


I read the same article and I agree w/some of the stuff coach says, it is tougher when you are the only guy working with 21 teams vs. 5 guys working w/ 1 team.  This to me makes you a more resourceful "out of the box" type of coach.  However there are trade offs...and this is the big one -- way way way less pressure at a smaller school, if the head sport coach gets fired at a small school you have a great chance of it NOT affecting you at all.  If the head coach gets fired at a big school so do you.  

Also, the "do no harm" shouldn't that be the goal of every program? injuries happen, its a fact, but a strong dude who gets hurt all the time is less valuable than a player who can go 100% all the time.

great topic, I hope others reply too

Comment by Bing Fu on August 29, 2012 at 3:17pm

Yeah man, it's always going to be competitive when you only have 100 or so BCS and 100 or so more FBS schools that have the budget to hire strength coaches. Some FBS schools only have 1 or 2 paid staff and whoever they can get to work for free.. Most people will naturally want to hire "there guy" or someone they feel they know and trust, often times this is someone that has done a lot of free labor for them. On the other hand, like other coaching jobs, there isn't really any money in it so people either do it because they absolutely love it or they move on to the private sector and open a D1 or Velocity or something like that. I do agree that injury prevention is a big concern, I've heard stories about guys like Vick or DeSean Jackson in college where the head coach says, 'whatever you do, don't hurt them or make them any slower' lol

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