FNF Coaches Talk — Manny Diaz on Nutrition, a Strength Coach’s Impact, Bill Parcells Sensitivity Training

FNF Coaches Talk

Good afternoon, Coaches. Here are some stories we’re discussing today.

1. You want to be elite? Then you have to eat, train, rehab and recover at an elite level. (Canes Football)

New University of Miami head coach Manny Diaz is taking a 360-degree approach to helping players improve in every aspect of their lives. That starts with nutrition and includes strength training, rest and recovery. Diaz says in this video how important it is to surround players with a support system that can maximize their potential in all things in life. He gives credit to strength coach David Feeley for establishing long-lasting relationships with the players.

Take a listen, and see what you think.

How do you stress to players the important of nutrition and recovery?

2. In College Football, No Player Escapes the Eye of the Strength Coach (New York Times)

The role of the strength coach is among the most underrated in college football, according to many coaches and players, particularly the valuable contribution such a coach can make as an ambassador for the rest of the coaching staff to the players.

Strength coaches are around the players the most, day in and day out, on the field for wind sprints and in the weight room for squat thrusts. They are there when intangibles like desire and attitude are more difficult to fake.

That dynamic holds particularly true during the summer months, when, for nine weeks (one of which must be an off week), N.C.A.A. rules bar head and position coaches from doing much more than checking in on their players. No conversation may include what the N.C.A.A. deems a “countable athletically related activity” — for example, no talk of X’s and O’s, much less actual practices. It is also a prime time of year for those coaches to go on recruiting trips or vacations.
Strength coaches, by contrast, spend hours with players every day over the summer, engaging in physical activities that, at least in their pace and intensity, frequently mimic practices.

But during those crucial preseason weeks, which include the first exposure that freshmen have to full-time college life, the strength coach has the chance to assess players’ character and to fill the place of head coach in the players’ eyes.

The strength coaches, in turn, define their jobs over the summer less around conditioning and more around character, which, as hokey as it can sound to the unseasoned ear, may end up defining how a team performs under late-season pressure.

How do you make sure your strength coach shares your vision and philosophy?

3. NFL Head Coach Bill Parcells on Sensitivity Training (NFL Network)

Bill Parcells talks about sensitivity training and how important it is for a coach to develop mental toughness within his players. We recommend this one for good advice and a few laughs.

What is your philosophy on communicating with sensitive players?

What’s driving the conversation in your locker room? Email Managing Editor Dan Guttenplan or Tweet us @fnfcoaches. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #FNFCoachesTalk!