Aaron Willits: Knox College Football

Aaron Willits, the newly appointed Head Football Coach at Knox College (Galesburg, IL), says that the Hulk image is not only a talking point with players, but serves as important metaphor for the Knox athlete. “It represents the ideal Knox football player,” says Willits. “You have to have some of Professor Banner in you to get into a school of this quality, and to succeed in the classroom,” he says, noting that “you also have to be able to flip the switch come game day and let the Hulk come out.” It is a metaphor for balance.

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Lessons from Lauren Chamberlain

by Krystal Harris Krystal Harris is an all-star member of the Good Athlete Project. She provides incredible insight to both our Podcast Committee and our Education Resource Committee. By day, Krystal is a softball coach and Alumni Relations Manager at Saint Viator High School (Arlington Heights, IL). Before joining the Project, she played college softball…

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Starting a High School Powerlifting Team, Pt. 2

by Chris Dertz Competition Review: In Part I, I outlined a general plan for promoting, recruiting, and organizing a high school powerlifting team. In Part II, we will talk about competing in a meet. Finding a Meet Not all of the kids on our team here at Eastland High School compete. Some of them are…

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Starting a High School Powerlifting Team, Pt. 1

by Chris Dertz Planning and Considerations The year was 2016. My son, Eli, was in 8th grade. A multi-sport athlete, Eli had been working with athletic performance specialist Jeff Lyrenmann since the 4th grade. One day after we were done training, Jeff showed Eli a photograph from years before. In the photograph, a young Jeff…

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Illinois Return-to-Training Support

Illinois, we’re heading in the right direction! There are so many exciting moments to come as we seemingly turn a corner in this pandemic. That is, if we take up the charge of ensuring a thoughtful return to training. Coaches across the state agree that the goal of the spring athletics experience in Illinois is…

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Strategies to Connect During the Pandemic

with Nicole Brinker, by Chris Dertz Nine months after first emerging in the United States, it is clear that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are both unprecedented and wide-ranging. The raw data is grim. Currently, 22,000,000 Americans have been infected with the virus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is projecting…

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Will COVID Curb the Browns’ New Culture?

Cleveland Brown’s Head Coach Kevin Stefanski just tested positive for COVID-19 and will sit out of the Browns’ playoff game against Pittsburgh. His response? Don’t complain; take the next step. “The players understand they have a job to do. They know that this thing isn’t stopping me or anyone… we’ve got to find a way.…

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The Fitzgerald Effect

In 2009, Northwestern University battled Auburn in the Outback Bowl. They lost 35-38 in overtime. It was Pat Fitzgerald’s second Bowl Game as NU’s head coach, and his second consecutive overtime loss (they played Missouri in the Alamo Bowl the year prior, and lost an 23-30 in OT). In today’s Citrus Bowl, Northwestern University dominated…

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Be Aware of Your Body Language

by Spencer Boehm, Student-Athlete at Washington University (St. Louis) You walk into an auditorium to watch a classmate’s presentation. The classmate walks onto the stage with slumped shoulders. He addresses the audience and immediately crosses his arms. After a few minutes, he clutches the railing next to him with his hand. Within the first five…

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Will the Undefeated Big 10 Champs Miss the Playoff?

Texas A&M just beat Tennessee 34-13 to finish the SEC regular season with a record of 8-1. In his postgame interview, Jimbo Fisher made it clear that he believes the Aggies deserve a shot at the College Football Playoff. He has a point. The Aggies’ only loss was to the Alabama Crimson Tide, who has…

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