High School Training
Having a full-time strength and conditioning coach at a high school displays a commitment to its athletics department and to its athletes that have yet to be demonstrated by most.
Having two full time strength and conditioning coaches at a high school is unprecedented and demonstrates that a school district has a full working knowledge of how beneficial strength and conditioning can be to a program's athletes mental and physical well being.
Deer Park ISD is one of the only school districts in the country that has two full time strength and conditioning coaches that devote all of their time to enhancing the athletic performance of its athletes. Deer Park ISD understands that young athletes can be and need to be molded into developing good habits in terms of work ethic, fitness training, nutritional intake, and other determining factors of athletic development.
The strength and conditioning staff is also responsible for instructing and educating the junior high coaching staffs in movement technique so that optimum neuromuscular development occurs before the athlete reaches high school.
The process here at Deer Park began with the innovative thinking of current Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director, Chris Massey. In Coach Massey's first year he willingly gave up a football coaching position to create the full time strength and conditioning position. His insight of the need to have a qualified professional designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs came from playing and coaching at the college level, along with 30 years of coaching high school football.
In today's day and age, schools are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on new training facilities, speed and agility gadgets, but without having a qualified professional who knows how to teach the proper technique and progression of speed, agility, plyometric, and strength training, many are simply finding new and costly ways to injure their student athletes.
Below are some articles that support the commitment being made by Deer Park ISD.
- Requiring Certified Strength Coaches in High School Weight Rooms
- Making a Strength and Conditioning Coach Indispensable to the Athletic Program