Talking about Performance with Matt Nein

Tim and Matt discuss the job of a strength and conditioning coach, and philosophies around strength & power, speed & agility, energy systems development, and mental game.


NSCA 2018 College Strength & Conditioning Coach of Year

Completing his fourteenth year as the Coordinator of Sports Performance at Salisbury University, Matt oversees the training programs of 21 varsity teams, 3 graduate assistants, and an intern and volunteer staff of about 10. During his tenure as Coordinator, Matt has had the opportunity to work with 12 National Championship teams, 8 individual National Championship athletes, and over 300 All-Americans.

In 2016 & 2017, Matt was a finalist (Top 3) for the NSCA College Strength Coach of the Year award given annually to the top strength coach across NCAA DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA divisions. Since 2004, he has been certified as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC*D). Matt serves on the NSCA Advisory Board for the State of Delaware as well as the chair for the NSCA Lacrose Special Interest Group (SIG)

In this episode Tim & Matt discuss:

  • Matt’s start as a strength and conditioning coach
  • Matt’s success as a college level coach
  • Mentorships and the progression from athlete to coach
  • The role of a strength and conditioning coach
  • Matt’s opinion and practice for strength & power, speed & agility, energy systems development, and mental game)
  • Training age and using progressions and regressions
  • Transfer from the weight room to the playing field
  • Athlete Recovery
  • Mindset and attitude
  • Setting team mission, vision, values, and standards
  • Team commitment

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