The Role of Strength and Conditioning Coach During Crisis and Beyond with Matt Johnson, Director of Men's Basketball Strength and Conditioning, Butler University


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On this episode, we go Beyond The Whistle with Matt Johnson, Director of Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning at Butler University.

Matt and I discuss:

  • The role of the strength and conditioning coach during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Using Instagram to connect with athletes during this time
  • The focus on coaching player’s lifestyle - sleep and nutrition
  • Coach LaVall Jordan’s leadership during crisis
  • Breakdowns create breakthroughs
  • Tough times reveal the mindset of elite athletes - resilience in body and mind
  • His career journey - be ready when you get the call
  • “The big time is not a place. It’s the state of your heart.”
  • The importance of the interviews AFTER you get the job
  • How his position, being dedicated to one sport, allows him to play a role to skill development, game planning, practice planning and recruiting
  • Causing adaptation and absorbing adaptation
  • Why coaches need their strength and conditioning coach on speed dial
  • The leadership of Ralph Reiff at Butler
  • Progression - The key to a successful return to normal
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