Ep 21: Coaching Student-Athletes, Fundamentals Matter, Technique is Range with Coach Joe Connolly

In the latest episode, I speak with Joe Connolly Head Coach Football Sports Performance at Arizona State University Sun Devils Football.

We have an awesome conversation on a variety of topics that include how he started out in coaching, having strong mentors. Establishing programs for over 120 athletes, the fundamental movements are critical to success.

How he takes the ‘Athlete dictates the programming’ meaning a good coach needs to have the skill to adapt the program based on what the athlete needs at that time. The minimum effective dose, incorporating variability in programming to allow for flexibility and adaptability for the coach and athlete.

The common threads seen across all athletic pursuits be it distance running, football or ballet.

Coaching Student athletes requires strong relationship and leadership and the skills to understand human dynamics, it’s not just fitness. Growing trust. Consistency is King, Personal Accountability. Your words & Actions must align.

The importance of sleep quality vs. sleep duration and maintaining sleep hygiene

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Music: Jazz, Metallic, AC/DC, Techno, Hip hop, Rap, country etc.

Favorite R&R: Sleep, Nutrition, Hydration


*Anything discussed in this episode is not medical advice and you should always check with a health professional prior to taking any actions.

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