Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast


Sports and Fitness





May 2015
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Elitefts SPP: Ted Perlak Interview

Ted Perlak

Assistant Athletic Director for Strength & Conditioning

University of Delaware

  1. How Ted Got Started in
  2. Development of Your Staff
  3. Sport Coach Relationships
  4. Starting Over of as a New Coach
  5. Durability
  6. Five Things every coach wants and every athlete needs
  7. Adjusting the facility
  8. Communication at the beginning of the year to add buy-in
  9. The lost art of technique
  10. Not what you emphasis it what you tolerate and what you allow
  11. Its about Progress
  12. The Four "Knows" of Programming
  13. Why you Eat the Frog First
  14. Fitting exercises in the Training template
  15. Back to Front Approach
  16. The Conjugated Tier System under Prilepin's Table
  17. Training Schedules
  18. Two 2-Week Microcycle
  19. Collision vs Contact vs Non-Contact Sports
  20. Preparing for Practice
  21. Using Velocity Based Training In-Season
  22. SS Yoke bar and Chains for squat progressions
  23. Expecting the Worse to be surprised
  24. Nutrition with Athletes
  25. The added benefits of Velocity based Training
  26. What is the biggest challenge with Freshman
  27. What Coach Perlak does to make himself a better coach
  28. The internet and strength & conditioning
  29. There are two types of strength coaches
  30. Advice for Young Strength Coaches
  31. What Ted Learned from Joe DeFranco
  32. Personalities and Communications

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Articles by Ted Perlak

The Ted Perlak File

Ted Perlak, who spent the last 12 years as a strength & conditioning coach at the NCAA Division I level, has been named head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Delaware, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady announced Friday.

Perlak, who most recently worked as strength & conditioning coach at Colonial Athletic Association newcomer Elon University, will begin his tenure at Delaware on May 19.

“We are excited to have Ted join the Blue Hens family and serve as the leader of our strength and conditioning program,” said Ziady. “This position is critical to the success of our athletics teams here at Delaware and we are confident that Ted’s knowledge and innovation in this area along with his hard work and dedication will help prepare our student-athletes for great success on the playing fields.”

At Delaware, Perlak will be responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for Delaware's 21 sports programs and nearly 600 student-athletes, designing and implementing strength and conditioning plans for all of the Blue Hen men's and women's athletic teams. His primary role will be working with the UD football and volleyball programs.

“It’s a great honor to be named the head strength & conditioning coach at the University of Delaware,” said Perlak. “During the interview process I had the opportunity to see the vision of the administration and it is something I’m excited to be a part of. The opportunity to work with Coach (Dave) Brock and his staff along with all the other coaches makes this 100 percent a place my family and I want to be. I can’t wait to get started.”

Perlak spent the 2013-14 season at Elon, a current member of the Southern Conference that sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports, including football. The Phoenix will join the CAA as a full-time member in all sports this fall.

“I am really excited to welcome Ted and his family to the University of Delaware,” said Brock, who will begin his second season as head coach this fall. “This hire represents a great opportunity to upgrade one of the most critical areas of all successful football programs. I can't wait for Ted to get going with our players as we enter the summer phase of our strength and conditioning.”

Perak previously spent eight seasons at Fordham University, including the last six seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach. While at the Bronx, N.Y. school, he worked closely with the football, basketball, soccer, softball, and track and field teams.

Prior to his stint at Fordham, Perlak served as the director of strength and conditioning at Iona College for two years. While at Iona, he was responsible for the design, implementation and coaching of all varsity athletic programs. He also supervised and organized staff participation in off-season and preseason workout sessions.

Perlak served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2004 where he designed and executed the strength and conditioning program. He was also responsible for off-season and preseason workouts.

Perlak has been involved with the United States Olympic Training Center, serving as a strength and conditioning resident intern from January until May of 2004. In that role he assisted the staff in developing and implementing programs for Olympic, Olympic hopefuls, Pan-American, and Paralympic individual athletes and national teams.

A 2001 graduate of Worcester (Mass.) State College, Perlak was a four-year starter and two-time captain with the football team before earning a bachelor's degree in health science with a concentration in exercise science.

Following a year in which he served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at his alma mater, Perlak worked at Temple University as an assistant and earned his master's degree in sport administration there in 2004.

A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Perlak and his wife, Christine, have a daughter, Rueby Mae.

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Direct download: SPP_56_Ted_Perlak.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Elitefts SPP: Cory Schlesinger Interview

Cory Schlesinger

Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement for men's basketball

University of Alabama-Birmingham

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1.  The Nautilus Checklist
  2. A Strength Coach at age 19
  3. Intern to Director
  4. The advantage of being an assistant
  5. General and Foundational Strength
  6. Noon ball to a new job
  7. The Coyote Kettlebell Club with Dan John
  8. Primal Movements - Motor Skills
  9. Movement for Body Awareness
  10. Complexes for multiple modalities
  11. Assessments for basketball players
  12. Joint by Joint from the ground up
  13. Don't need to be a genius to see dysfunction
  14. Modifications by height
  15. Olympic Lifting Variations for taller players
  16. Multiple squat variations
  17. the Wingspan Phenomena; Training Spiders
  18. Off-Season = Should be most variation
  19. Changes in the culture of Basketball
  20. Physicality can dictate the way players play
  21. The beauty of the younger sport coach
  22. The Southern culture in basketball
  23. Players are not education and it's not their fault
  24. Technology in sports performance
  25. Technology reinforces what you already know
  26. How weight training can turn into regeneration
  27. Experience beats technology
  28. Perceived maxes based on velocity: Fast and Smooth
  29. Programming  strength training in-season
  30. Off-Season Training
  31. Linear periodization using RPE
  32. Olympic Complex
  33. Conditioning throw extensive complexes and sled work
  34. Key to communications need to be transparent
  35. Find the universal language
  36. Mentoring
  37. Learning how to learn
  38. Identify how others learn
  39. Feel to replicate
  40. Give credit where credit is due
  41. How to reach Cory.

The Cory Schlesinger File

Cory Schlesinger is an Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement to work with the Blazers' men's basketball program along with the men's golf program.

"Coming to UAB is a dream job and it is a destination," Schlesinger said. "Mainly because I get to work specifically with Coach Jerod Haase. I believe in Coach Haase, and I believe that he will win and win at a high level."

Schlesinger served a pair of internships at the University of North Carolina, in 2008 and 2009, while Haase was an assistant coach on Roy Williams' staff with the Tar Heels.

“Cory’s knowledge for strength and conditioning is something that I love,” Haase said. “He is always trying to learn and grow as a coach, but what he brings with his knowledge is what already really sets him apart from others. He is young and energetic like the rest of our staff and will fit right in.  We have a chance to be really good in a lot of different ways and I think strength and conditioning is in good shape.”

Schlesinger plans to not only get the Blazers' men's basketball players in best possible shape for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign, but also have their bodies ready for the long, grueling season.

"One of my major goals is to impact the team in the offseason but also in season, when traveling with the team on the road," Schlesinger said. "Whether it be training, nutrition, supplementation or regeneration sessions, I want the guys recovered and ready for the next game."

Schlesinger, a native of Hillsville, Va., spent the last three years as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Santa Clara University, working with student-athletes on the men's and women's basketball teams.

Prior to joining the staff at Santa Clara, Schlesinger spent time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition, he was a sports nutritionist for the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) along with being a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and also earned certification in United States Weightlifting.

Schlesinger earned his master's degree in education with a concentration in exercise science at Campbell University in 2011. During his time as a graduate assistant, he worked with the volleyball, men's soccer, swimming and diving, golf and tennis programs, while also assisting with football.

A former basketball player at Berea College in Berea, Ky., Schlesinger graduated with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in exercise science and sports medicine in 2009. During his time as an undergraduate, Schlesinger completed a pair of internships at Wake Forest in 2007 under strength coach Ethan Reeve and a pair of internships at North Carolina in 2008 and 2009.

At UNC he worked under strength coach Jonas Sahratian where he helped train the men's basketball team.

"None of my experiences and I would not be where I am at today without Coach Jonas Sahratian," Schlesinger said. "He's my mentor and biggest influence and I owe everything to him for helping and guiding me."


Direct download: SPP_55_Cory_Schleshinger.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT