LISTEN: Wisdom from a Renowned High School Strength Coach

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In 2012, Gary Schofield won the NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year honor. Two years later, Greater Atlanta Christian School, where Schofield is the Director of Sports Performance, received the Strength of America Award from the same organization. Schofield is the first to admit those awards are not about him, but about the athletes he is able to interact with on a daily basis.

I have been privileged to see Gary present at multiple conferences and have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from our correspondence. Coach Schofield has the rare combination of humility and wisdom when sharing all his experiences and knowledge.

The common theme that has solidified our friendship over the years is a common vision to empower our athletes and other coaches. Selfless sharing of ideas, mistakes, and the clarity to identify a rationale are characteristics you will always find in Gary Schofield.

Schofield is one of the most well-rounded coaches I have ever been around. This well-roundness does not stop at his equally thorough understanding of training, programming, and performance — his ability to understand athletes, coaches, and administrators with an equitable amount of compassion and conviction is a quality rarely seen in the agenda-based constructs of the fitness industry.

Topics in this Podcast

  1. How Gary Schofield Started
  2. From D3 Baseball to the NBA
  3. Think Different, Make A Difference
  4. High School Strength and Conditioning in the Southeast
  5. A Typical
  6. Adapting the Training for In-Season Athletes
  7. Monitoring Athletes at the High School Level
  8. What Gets Measured Matters
  9. The Role of an Educator in a Physical Education Setting
  10. Five Premises for Every High School Strength Coach
  11. What Does a High School Plan Look Like?
  12. Three Factors When Developing A Plan
  13. Speed and Agility Progressions for Athletes
  14. Rest and Recovery: The Best Thing Added to the Program
  15. Four phases of Agility Training
  16. Four Phases of Linear Speed Development
  17. Sports Are Not Played for Sports; Sports Are Played for Scholarships
  18. The Criticism of CrossFit. Why?
  19. Coaches Rock, Experts Rule
  20. Can’t Have Impact Without Connection
  21. Coach Schofield’s Biggest Influences

 

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Gary Schofield, Jr. ATC/L, CSCS

Director of Sports Performance Training - Greater Atlanta Christian School

NSCA Southeast Regional Coordinator

Director of Sports Performance Training, Gary Schofield is a nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainer (NATA) and strength & conditioning specialist (NSCA). Coach Schofield’s unique background of athletic training and strength and conditioning has allowed him to coach and assist in the athletic development of athletes with teams and organizations such as the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Georgia Force (Arena Football), Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), Atlanta Trojans (USBL), WCW Wrestling, Atlanta Silverbacks Pro Soccer (A-League), Georgia State Olympic Development Program, USA Track & Field Indoor Championships and many other pro and amateur organizations.

Also, he has worked individually with over 500 high school athletes that have gone on to NCAA D1 scholarships, over 100 professional athletes, and even 3 Olympians! Coach Schofield received a BS in Sports Medicine, with special emphasis in athletic training, from Marietta College (Ohio) in 1993. He continued his education with the graduate program in athletic training at Georgia State University. He served as an athletic trainer with Georgia Sports Medicine from 1994-95.

During that time he was also an assistant athletic trainer for the Atlanta Hawks (1994-1999) and WCW Wrestling (1995-1996). In 1997, Coach Schofield was named Director of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Eastside Medical Center and served in that role until co-founding a private training facility in 1999. Coach Schofield is a sought after speaker and has presented at several local, state, and regional clinics and conferences. He has hosted the NSCA Georgia Fall and Spring Conference’s for the last three years. A GAC parent himself, he and his wife Amanda, son Brett (12) and daughter Savannah (5), live in McDonough, Georgia.

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