Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast


Sports and Fitness





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Chris Doyle
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Football
University of Iowa
Topics Covered in This Podcast
How Coach Doyle got started
  1. Strength & Conditioning and Football
  2. Same characteristics lead to success for any coach
  3. Sport Coach - Strength Coach Relationship
Biggest area of concern with 1st year players
  1. Be on Time, Listen-learn-apply, and work hard
  2. Teach athletes how to think
  3. Counter the recruiting process
  4. Adopt the team mindset
  5. We create habits and our habit creates us
  6. Teaching the program
  1. Hybrid to FMS, back to a hybrid assessment
  2. Commonalities of Corrections
  3. The stack joint approach
Basic Off-Season Template
  1. The mistake of peaking everything at once
  2. 3 phases of the off-season
  3. Speed Training set-up
  4. Higher exposure, shorter volume
  5. Competitive Speed work. Measure it, rank it, post it
Exercise Selection
  1. Exercises must be: ground based, multi-joint,  and three-dimensional
  2. Five different levels in the program
  3. Block Periodization with older athletes
In-Season concerns
Two different groups are either playing or not
It's important to know who we are
Iowa Football
  1. We don't find talent we build it
  2. How little can we train and still gain in-season
  3. Technology to Modifying behavior vs modifying training
  4. Uncommon discipline, uncommon maturity
Developing rapport with athletes
  1. Everybody wants someone to believe in. Our job is to get people to believe in themselves - Dan Gable
  2. Flexibility with athletes
  3. Never allow your athletes to set the standards they don't know what they're capable of - Joe Moore
  4. Get in the rack and not hiding in your office
Staff Development
  1. Coach has learned more from his staff than they learned from him
  2. Read together, program together, think together
  3. Loyalty through the intern program
Advice for young coaches
  1. Maintain a beginners mindset
  2. How thirsty are you for knowledge?
  3. Read on a variety of subjects
  4. Go and visit good people
  5. Watch the best work in your field
  6. We don't coach weights we coach people - Johnny Parker
  7. Want to get paid well, offer something money cant buy
  8. Successful people aren't innovators they are early adapters - Mike Boyle
The Chris Doyle File

Chris Doyle is in his 16th year as strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa football program.

As the head of Iowa's strength and conditioning program, Doyle has helped the Hawkeye program participate in 11 bowl games since 2001, including the 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes posted an 8-5 overall record in 2013, including a 5-3 Big Ten record to tie for second in the Legends Division. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 12 seasons.

Iowa has appeared in seven January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won 6-of-11 bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).

Iowa has won 97 games over the past 12 seasons, including 57 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 11 of the past 13 years.

Doyle is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCCa). He was presented with the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach in May, 2013. The certification is considered the highest honor that can be achieved in the coaching profession of Strength and Conditioning, and represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field.

The NSCA named Doyle the Big Ten Strength Coach of the Year in 1999. He was one of 20 nominees for the Professional of the Year Award, given annually and selected by the NSCA membership. The award recognizes college professionals who have shown excellence in strength training and conditioning programs.

He served as director of strength and conditioning for the University of Utah in 1998. Under Doyle's direction the Utah basketball team played in the national championship game. While in Utah, Doyle also served as state director for the NSCA.

Doyle was assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin from 1996-98. He oversaw the training programs for football and hockey teams during this time. The Badger football team participated in two bowl games (Copper and Outback) and the hockey team won the WCHA championship during his tenure.

As a strength and conditioning professional, Doyle has tutored 180 student-athletes who have advanced to the professional ranks in the NFL, NHL and NBA. Iowa has had a total of 40 players selected in the past 10 NFL drafts, including six in each of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 drafts, and three in the most recent NFL Draft.

Overall, 49 Iowa players have been drafted in the past 12 years, with six first round selections and nine players being selected among the top 50 picks. In addition, 53 additional Hawkeye players signed free agent contracts in the past 10 years. Iowa, since 2003, has seen five former walk-ons selected in the NFL Draft.

Over the past 12 years, 114 of 128 (89 percent) of Iowa's senior starters were selected in the NFL Draft or signed to an NFL free agent contract. Six Hawkeyes were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, while six additional seniors signed free agent contracts immediately following the draft. Iowa and Alabama were the only two programs to have a first round draft selection in three consecutive years (2010-12).

Doyle has mentored 49 former assistants who have advanced in the field of Strength and Conditioning, with 19 becoming head strength and conditioning coaches.

Doyle served as offensive line coach at Holy Cross from 1992-95. He also worked as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 1991 and Syracuse in 1990. Notre Dame won the 1992 Sugar Bowl following the 1991 season and Syracuse won the 1990 Aloha Bowl.

Doyle was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Boston University from 1986-88. He served as a student assistant for the football program there in 1989.

Chris earned his B.S. in human movement from Boston University in 1990 and his M.Ed. in education from Boston University in 1991.

Doyle was born June 30, 1968. Chris is from Quincy, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College High School. He was inducted into the Boston College High School Hall of Fame in November, 2004. Chris and his wife, Tia, have three sons, Declan, Donovan and Dillon.

Strength and Conditioning Mission Statement
The University of Iowa Football Program is committed to providing the ultimate training experience for each student-athlete. Our focus is to build the total athlete while reducing the risk of injury through individual evaluation and program design. Developing strong relationships with each athlete is a fundamental building block essential to the success of Iowa Football.

Doyle's Coaching Career
Iowa Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, 1999-present
Utah Director of Strength & Conditioning, 1998
Wisconsin Assistant Strength Coach, 1996-97
Holy Cross Offensive Line Coach, 1992-95
Notre Dame Graduate Assistant, 1991
Syracuse Graduate Assistant, 1990

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Evan Marcus

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Minnesota Vikings

Topics Covered in this Podcast

How Coach Marcus got started

  1. Getting an edge in athletics
  2. D3 to DI
  3. Meeting Rock Gullickson
  4. Not just Xs and Os but communicating with Athletes

Challenges at coaching at the professional level.

No matter what level, coaches are there to help athletes

Character Development
Your assessments, the biggest issues you face with athletes

  1. Don't assume anything
  2. Breaking everything down to its implest terms

Communication with private sector coaches

  1. Player would preferably train with former college coaches
  2. Expectations with more buy-in

Communication with the Medical Staff

  1. Point A to point B
  2. Overall goals for the players

Training before and during OTAs

  1. Working with professionals
  2. Knowing what to expect
  3. "Go-to" exercises with progressions and regressions
  4. Giving freedom to choose exercises
  5. Focusing on movement speed for older athletes

In-season training

  1. Maintain = good enough
  2. Being the strongest during the season

Technology in terms of readiness

Staff development

  1. No mixed messages for athletes
  2. The trust factor with staff
  3. Everyone believes in the same things

Advice for young strength coaches.

  1. Just because you are in the NFL doesn't make you a good strength coach
  2. Taking advantage opportunities
  3. Young coaches don't want to pay their dues
  4. Trying out what you read

 The Evan Marcus File

Having joined the Vikings in 2014 as Head Strength and Conditioning coach, Evan Marcus enters his 9th NFL season this fall and has been in the field for 25 seasons.

In Marcus’ first offseason with the Vikings, he oversaw a complete transformation of the club’s weight training facility and revamped the strength and conditioning philosophies. Under Marcus’ direction, the club now uses a free weight based program, which places an emphasis on power, speed and quickness.

During his NFL career, Marcus has been a part of 2 Division Champions- New Orleans in 2000 and Miami in 2008. The 2000 Saints won their NFC Wild Card playoff game over St. Louis at the Superdome to give the franchise their 1st playoff win in the 34-year history of the club before advancing to the NFC Divisional Round against Minnesota. The NFC West title for the Saints was their 1st since the 1991 season and marked the 1st winning season for the club in 8 years. The 2008 Dolphins went 11-5 to win the AFC East, completing one of the great turnarounds in NFL history after going 1-15 the previous season. The 10-win improvement tied the biggest single-season jump in NFL history. The AFC East championship was the Dolphins’ 1st Division title since 2000.

Marcus oversaw strength and conditioning efforts at Virginia from 2011-13 as Director of Football Training and Player Development for the Cavaliers, marking his second stint in Charlottesville, the first coming as Head Strength Coach from 2003-06. Combined with his leadership at UVA, Marcus was head strength coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10 and held the same position in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons, where he worked with then DC Mike Zimmer.

Marcus began his NFL coaching tenure from 2000-02 as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints. His start in the field came at the college level with positions at Arizona State (1991-92), Rutgers (1993), Maryland (1994), Texas (1995-97) and Louisville (1998-99).

A 1990 graduate of Ithaca College, Marcus earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science. As a student-athlete he lettered 3 times as an OL with the Bombers and was a starter on the NCAA Division III national championship team in 1988.

A native of Union, NJ, Marcus attended Cranford High School. He earned his master’s degree at Arizona State in 1992. Marcus and wife, Lori, have a son, Jake, and daughter, Anna.

Bio from Minnesota Vikings

Direct download: SPP_59_Evan_Marcus.mp3
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Tobias Jacobi

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Assistant Football Caoch
  • Teacher

Strong Rock Christian School

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. The Journey
  2. The family sacrifice
  3. Gong from a a head position
  4. Dealing with being let go
  5. Being humble and
  6. You cannot be successful without an ego in this profession
  7. Becoming a better coach by fitting in with other coaches
  8. The transition from college to high school
  9. The multi-sport athletes
  10. Parents vs sport coaches
  11. Getting kids strong in limited time
  12. As little specialization as possible
  13. Consistency is king
  14. Box Squats for all athletes
  15. Chris Doyle and programming
  16. Assessments for athletes
  17. Coach Jacoby's 5 Specific Assessments
  18. What a typical training week looks like
  19. What Coach Coach Jacoby wants all his athletes to talk with him
  20. Taking pride in your last name
  21. Implementing a leadership program
  22. Communicating with Sport coaches and parents
  23. Face-time is vitally important
  24. Have the best interest of the athlete in mind
  25. E-Mail is the devil
  26. Get out of the weight room
  27. If the only time coaches see you is in the weightrom than that is all you will ever be to them.
  28. Advice for young coaches
  29. Figure out what you don't know and learn it.
  30. Call or visit the best coaches in the industry

Tobias Jacobi File

Past Job Experience
Strong Rock Christian School; May 2014 - Current
East Carolina University; January 2012-May 2014
Charleston Southern; May 2008-January 2012
Kent State; July 2006-April 2008
Western Carolina University; July 2002-July 2006
Elon University; June 2001-July 2002
North Carolina Chapel Hill; August 2000-May 2001
Cumberland University; November 1999-August 2000
Cumberland University
B.S. Physical Education 2000
minor Health


Direct download: SPP_58_Tobias_Jacoby.mp3
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Mike Boyle

Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning


Topics Covered in this Podcast

The Beginnings

How Coach Boyle got his Start

Having Mike Woicik as a roommate

Appointing himself as the BU Strength Coach


Training for Hockey

Getting strong is getting strong regardless of sport

Why there is a steroid problem in Track & Field

Defining strength in an unconventional way

Unilateral Training for Sports

The Bilateral deficit research

The influence of Mark Verstagen

How a coach defines strong vs what is strong for their sports

Youth Training

What we are doing wrong

The Matheny Manifesto

The 10,000 Rule

Greg Rose's Cyclone Circuit

Basic Motor Qualities

Early Specialization

Soccer in Brazil and Baseball in the Dominican

The number 1 problem in youth sports....the parents

The responsibility of the strength coach

Staff Development

Pick the Right People

Get people that want to work

Educating through a solid set of resources

Book club for professional development

Making the coaches do the workout

Advice for Young Coaches

Unlike the rest of the business world

Make yourself invaluable

Whats our conversation going to be like when I see you

Recommending coaches for future jobs

Contact Info


The Michael Boyle File


Michael Boyle is one of the foremost experts in the fields of Strength and Conditioning, Functional Training and general fitness. He currently spends his time lecturing, teaching, training and writing. In 1996 Michael co founded Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the first for-profit strength and conditioning companies in the world. Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning exists for one reason: to provide performance enhancement training for athletes of all levels. Athletes trained range from junior high school students to All Stars in almost every major professional sport.


Prior to Co- founding Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Michael served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University for 15 years, also for the past 25 years he been  the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men's Ice Hockey at Boston University.  Mike also was the Boston Red Sox  strength and conditioning coach in 2013 that won the World Series. In addition to his duties at Boston University and the Red Sox, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Michael was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 1998 US Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Gold Medalists in Nagano and 2014 Silver medalists in Sochi, and served as a consultant in the development of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Michael has been a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the world and has produced 20 instructional videos in the area of strength and conditioning available through M-F Athletic. Michael has also lectured all over the world. In addition, Michael published Functional Training for Sports for Human Kinetics Publishers. Mike and his wife Cindy have 2 children, Michaela and Mark and reside in Reading.

Courtesy of MBSC

Direct download: SPP_57_Mike_Boyle.mp3
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