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Elitefts SPP: Ross Bowsher Interview

Ross Bowsher, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Arkansas Tech University

Topics in this Interview

How Ross got started in the profession
Networking through powerlifting
Mentors that allow their assistants to grow
"You can make it other ways"
Training is training no matter where you are
Motivating athletes: "You have to want to have to train”
Running a DI program at the DII level
Why hasn’t small schools adapted this model?
Trusting your assistant by trusting who they learned from
Velocity based training
Using Force plate to determine strength & speed qualities
Weak point training at the highest level
Brian Mann is the man using VBT for preparedness
Knowing your athletes: jousting preparedness by bar speed
Developing high force at slower speeds
Differences in technique based on body types
From Charlie Francis to Dwayne Carlisle; From the weight room to the field.
The speed work and the weight room are married
Working with Throwers
Weak Point training with throwers
The Law of Individual differences
You have to survive it to be great at it
The best of advice for young coaches? Compete
I am my best coach when I was training
If you have not pushed yourself, these kids do not believe you
Three things to learn from Johnny Parker
Harold Nash Moses Cabrera Box Squat
Max Effort DL with Pat Ivy
This does happen if you do not live the life

The Ross Bowsher File

Ross Bowsher, who has spent the last nine years as a strength and conditioning coach at the Division I level, has been selected as the first Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Arkansas Tech University, announced Director of Athletics Steve Mullins on Tuesday.

Bowsher, who most recently served as Sports Performance Assistant at Big Ten member Purdue University, will officially begin his duties at Arkansas Tech on July 1.

"We are excited to have Ross join the Tech family and serve as the leader of our strength and conditioning program," said Mullins. "The addition of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program will benefit all of our student-athletes and programs here at Arkansas Tech, and we are confident that the knowledge and expertise that Ross brings to this position will help prepare our student-athletes for great success in competition."

At Arkansas Tech, Bowsher will be responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for Tech's 10 sports programs and nearly 300 student-athletes, designing and implementing strength and conditioning plans for all of the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns athletic teams.

"I feel privileged to be at Arkansas Tech," said Bowsher. "I feel like I've worked under two of the best strength coaches in the nation in coach Jim Peal and coach Duane Carlisle. I spent time at Purdue under coach Carlisle building a sports performance program from the ground up that is considered one of the nation's best, and I'm excited to bring what I learned under both coaches to Arkansas Tech."
 
Bowsher has served as the Sports Performance Assistant at Purdue from 2011-14, where he oversaw the sports performance programs for baseball and the track and field throwers while assisting with football. Previously, he spent 2005-2011 at Butler University on the staff of veteran strength and conditioning coach Jim Peal, who worked with four national championship teams, four Final Four squads, and one FCS national championship team in football.

Prior to joining the staff at Butler, Bowsher served as the Associate Director of Sports Performance at Athlete's Edge in Indianapolis from 2003-05.

Bowsher received an associate's degree in health and human performance from Vincennes University in 2001, before completing the NSCA 18-credit hour certification program in 2004 from IUPUI. In 2008, he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Indianapolis. He is currently certified through the CSCCa.

He played baseball at both Vincennes and the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Bowsher has attained elite powerlifting totals in both the 242 and 275 weight classes, and is a member of the International Powerlifting Association and American Powerlifting Federation. He is currently in the top 50 in the world Power Lifting USA rankings in the squat and deadlift, and is in the top 100 in the bench press.            

Courtesy Arkansas Tech University

www.elitefts.com

Direct download: SPP_50_Ross_Bowsher.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

Brian Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Director of Strength and Conditioning

Springfield College

Topics in this Podcast

How Brian Got Started
Managing the Duel Role
The Springfield Curriculum; 3 major components
What are the key requirements for every student
Looking in the Mirror
Advice on Internships
How does Coach Thompson evaluate graduate assistants
Coach Interactions with Athletes
The responsibility of carrying the torch
Coaches reacting to criticism
Scheduling teams in the small school setting
Traveling to China and observing training
Assessments
Programing Templates
What you should know by the time you earn your BS
The role of Nutrition in Coaches
Advice for young coaches
How to reach Dr. Thompson

Brian Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Office: ATES 206
Email: bathomps@springfieldcollege.edu
Phone: (413) 748-3495

Courses Taught

  1. Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  2. Strength and Conditioning
  3. Strength and Conditioning Applications
  4. Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations
  5. Stress Management
  6. Measurement and Evaluation

Biography

Brian Thompson is the director of strength and conditioning/head strength and conditioning coach, a professor of exercise science, and the graduate strength and conditioning program director at Springfield College, where he has worked since 1998. In addition to teaching in the applied exercise science program, he is responsible for the strength and conditioning program design and implementation for all 24 teams at Springfield College as well as teaching and advising in the graduate strength and conditioning program.  Thompson first started working in the field of strength and conditioning in 1987 and has trained athletes at the elementary school, middle school, high school, collegiate, professional, Paralympic, and Olympic levels. He has presented and/or conducted strength and conditioning related workshops in Australia, China, Mexico, Taiwan and throughout the United States. Thompson received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Ball State University and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.

Certifications

  1. CSCS*D
  2. RSCC*D
  3. ATC
  4. LAT
  5. USAW
  6. FMS

Recent Presentations

  1. “Movement Preparation”, BA Thompson, Shandong Sports Bureau, May 30, 2014, Jinan, China.
  2. “Functional Movement Screening”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  3. “Developing Explosive Power”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  4. “Breathing Techniques in Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China
  5. “Functional Training in Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  6. “Individual Differences in Training”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  7. “Periodization for Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 26, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  8. “Strength and Conditioning Roundtable”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 25, 2014, Beijing, China.
  9. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for coaches”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China.
  10. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for athletes”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China.
  11. “Strength Training for Children” via video, BA Thompson, Institute of Physical Education and Sport in Algeria 1st International Conference, May 11, 2014, University of Khemis Milania, Algeria.
  12. “Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, STCC Health and Wellness Club, March 7, 2014, Springfield, MA.
  13. “Upper Body Exercise Physiology”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL.
  14. “Circuit Training for Wheelchair Athletes”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL.
  15. “The Paralympic Athlete”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013.
  16. “Practicum, Internship, & Fieldwork Placement Opportunities in 2014”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013.

Recent Publications

  1. Luk, H.Y., Winter, C., O’Neill, E. & Thompson B.A.  The Comparison of Muscle Force Imbalance in Powerlifters and Jumpers.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013, April 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Ambekonaker, J.P, Redmond, C.J., Winter, C., Nelson, C., Ambegaonkar, S., Thompson, B. & Guyer, S.G.  Ankle Stabilizers Affect Agility but Not Vertical Jump or Dynamic Balance Performance.  Foot & Ankle Specialist, December 2011 (4), 354-360.

Professional Memberships

  1. National Strength and Conditioning Association
  2. National Athletic Trainers Association

Courtesy Springfield College

www.elitefts.com

Direct download: SPP_49_Brian_Thompson.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:57pm EST

Evan Simon

Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach

Oregon State University

 

Topics in this Podcast

The Journey

The most important aspects of arriving at a new school and implementing your program

Big 10 - Pac 12 Stigma

Goals of the Winter phase

An overview of the winter program

individual differences with speed components

Using Prilipen’s chart to adjust volume

rotating auxiliary movements

Indicator Movements

Olympic Lifting Overhead Lifting

Manager of Stress

Assessments of athletes

mobility concerns with prehabilitation

Spring Ball considerations

Staff development (advice for young coaches

2 ways to get jobs

demanor and coaching cues

How can people reach Coach Simon

Evan Simon Bio

 
Courtesy: Oregon State University Athletic Communications
Release: 12/23/2014

Evan Simon was appointed Oregon State’s head football strength and conditioning coach in January of 2015. His duties include the development, implementation and monitoring of all strength and conditioning aspects of the Beavers’ football program.

Simon arrived in Corvallis after two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers to New Year’s Day appearances in the Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl.

Prior to working in Madison, Simon was the director of strength and conditioning at Utah State University from August 2009-January 2013. The Aggies appeared in two Famous Idaho Potato Bowl games – USU hadn’t played in a bowl game since 1997 prior to his arrival.

From January 2006-July 2009, Simon was the associate director of strength and conditioning at the University of Utah. He was part of staff that led Utah to a 13-0 season, a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and a final national ranking of No. 2 following the 2008 season.

The native of Lexington Park, Md.,  also spent 15 months as the head strength and conditioning coach at Davidson College in North Carolina and over two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky.

Simon has been a speaker at several national strength and conditioning conventions. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified strength coach via the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

He is a 2002 graduate of Frostburg State in Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, and holds a master’s degree (2004) from Kentucky in exercise physiology.

He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Abbi and Robyn.

SIMON PROFILE
Assignment: Football Strength and Conditioning Coach
Year at OSU: 1st
Hometown: Lexington Park, MD  
Education:  B.S. in health and physical education from Frostburg State (2002); master’s degree in exercise physiology from Kentucky (2004)
    
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Football Strength and Conditioning Coach - Oregon State, 2015-present
Football Strength and Conditioning Coach – Wisconsin, 2013-2015
Director of Strength and Conditioning – Utah State, 2009-2013
Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning – Utah, 2006-2009
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Davidson – 2004-06
Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kentucky – 2002-04

BOWL GAMES
2015 Capital One Bowl
2014 Outback Bowl
2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2009 Sugar Bowl
2007 Poinsettia Bowl
2006 Armed Forces Bowl

 

Direct download: SPP_46_Evan_Simon.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

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