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All Shore Media Sports Review
Power Without Steroids: Leading the way By Joe McAuliffe M.A., C.S.C.S – Head Strength & Conditioning Coach-Edge Sports Academy, Drug Free World Record Holder Squat & Bench Press
An old friend of the immortal Vince Lombardi once told me how proud he was of the fine young coaches he had mentored. Hall of Fame NFL coaches like George Halas, Paul Brown and Bill Walsh all had lots of branches sprout from their coaching tree. Locally, coaches like Vic Kubu and Warren Wolf have been the inspiration to many of the Shore Conference's elite football minds. When I look at the fine young men that I have helped along the way I feel happy to know that more kids will get quality professional training in the world and become inspired to do great things. When current Colts running back Donnie Brown (Red Bank Catholic) decided to major in exercise science at the University of Connecticut, it warmed my heart to know he would study under the greatest scientist in America, Dr. William Kraemer. When I asked him where he wanted to be when his NFL career was over he said, “I don’t want to have to go to work . I’ll just help kids like you coach.” Now he has the degree and credentials to do whatever he wants in this field and his passion is genuine. My response was, “Maybe someday you could train me.” All of my athletes know I love this career and never see a day at the gym as work. It is a blessing to help people improve sport performance and lifelong health. When Bobby Smith (Monmouth University) came to me as a junior in college I met him as a post-surgical
rehab client reconditioning his knee to play football. After four surgeries and subsequent rehabs and training, his determination never wavered and he always had a smile on his face. He truly loves training. He finished his degree , won a javelin title at the NCAA nationals and then passed the hardest trainer exam in the country (CSCS). When I saw him take 10 minutes of his time to coach current Manasquan defensive end Dan Sullivan at The Edge on a special technique he learned, I was so impressed to see what a great coach he has become. Peter Athans (Ocean Twp.) had come to me to rehab an injury while playing football at Sacred Heart. Here was another super young man who loved to train and never gave up. Even a broken back could not stop him from becoming an All American. After obtaining his masters degree in sports psychology, Pete interned with the Giants and is now a full-time assistant strength coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Kyle Kiss came to my gym as a shy eighth-grader. He left Ocean Township High School as the winningest wrestler in school history. He placed in the top eight during all four years at the NJSIAA Individual Championships and received a full ride to go to North Carolina, where he is majoring in exercise science. This is the kind of person I want my son to be coached by. He even has asked me to help him with some projects at school. In a couple of years I know coach Kiss will be enthusiastically leading kids in the
right direction. One of the greatest softball players in Shore Conference history, Wall’s Cara Vitale, who has been learning from me for five years, might declare exercise science as her major at North Carolina, too. The fitness bug has bitten her hard. Kim Klein, a gymnast from Howell, came to me for knee strength about 15 years ago and ended up a fitness champion with a national championship and winner of The Arnold Classic. She is completely dedicated to fitness and nutrition, and after teaching for years, Kim now owns a gym in Hazlet, where she is continuing to help people reach their goals. Now there are over a dozen CSCS that I have mentored throughout the area doing well working at gyms or their own facilities. Although I know I have created my own competition (I do love competition), it makes me happy to know about the quality training and teaching going on out there. Each one of us have different styles and methodology. All of us are dedicated to the mission of empowering our future leaders with the health and fitness they need to succeed. If any of you athletes out there are interested in this fulfilling career just call me at 908433-9584..Coach Mac.
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