Major: Kinesiology and Health
Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science
Company/Organization: Gilbert Schools - Tiger Strength
Company/Organization website: https://tigerstrength.org/strength-training/
Destination: Gilbert, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring 2019
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
1. Lead various activities including middle school and high school strength and conditioning classes and before/after school activities 2. Conduct programming for students pertaining to warm-ups/workouts that prepare athletes for movement requirements in sports 3. Create relationships with athletes that allow you to be both a coach and a counselor if needed
1. Developing relationships with the students and realizing that the athletes really trust me as a coach and a leader 2. Being kept on as both an assistant high school strength coach and as the head middle school strength coach while studying in graduate school for the next two years
1. The best lesson I learned was that with each day and each new class you have to be willing to adjust to the group of students and the circumstances of the day. What I mean by this is, if the students have a game or meet later that day for example, they may be distracted and they may need you to be more a cheerleader than a coach. 2. Another lesson pertains to the athleticism seen at the middle/high school level. The vast majority of the athletes try their best to perform the exercises, but as coaches we need to understand that not all of the athletes will always do things perfectly. Coach Graham Lundt likes to say their technique needs to be acceptable, not impeccable.
Advice for others...
1. Realize that it will take time for students to warm up to you as a coach and even longer for them to trust you a a leader. 2. It will be very beneficial to jump into leading them in warm-ups and classes and to greet each student during each class right from the start. 3. Realizing that these kids are middle/high schoolers and understanding that this means they are not always going to be focused and effortful or make the best decisions each class.