Restoring a Championship Culture at a Former National Powerhouse | with Miami Hurricanes Strength Coach Dave Feeley

Back in the day, the University of Miami Hurricanes were a dynasty and dominated college football for many years. But the last decade has brought many dark days. A year ago, they hired Manny Diaz to run the once-storied program and be the head coach. However, the man behind Manny Diaz that’s turning these young men into national championship-caliber players is a man named Dave Feeley.

Interestingly enough, Dave Feeley and I have a lot in common. We are both from Brick, NJ. We both played football for Coach Wolf. We both are in strength & conditioning. And we both LOVE turning people into champions. 

As someone who has mentored Dave now since his high school days, it’s incredible to see the IMPACT Coach Feeley is having on the university, the football program, and these athletes.

Let’s go down to Coral Gables, FL, now after Coach Feeley just got done training his athletes. Buckle-up your boot-straps and get ready to get better. You’re going to get an inside look at what commitment, effort, drive, and sacrifice is needed to not only turn-around a program, but to turn it back into national prominence again.

Enjoy the episode and I look forward to hearing your feedback. 

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1:08- Meet Coach Dave Feeley
University of Miami Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.

7:35- The Catapulting Moment of His Strength & Conditioning Career

8:12- Follow Your Calling
How decisions form who you are today.

10:45- The Beauty of “Sink or Swim” Moments
“If it’s gunna be, it’s up to me.”

11:53- Dave’s Journey Through College Programs

16:32- How Dave Has Impacted The Culture of Miami Football Strength
Some crazy routines… including a hurricane siren. 🙂 

19:09- Creating The Environment To Celebrate Teammate’s Success

20:04- The University of Miami’s Unique Game Day Routines 
“When you get into pre-game… you should already be ready to go.”

25:00- Some of The Most Important Lifts for Offseason 

26:15- Specific Movements For Top-End Speed on a Weekly Basis

27:57- The Importance of Flexibility

29:00- Most Important Things College Kids Should Be Doing To Fortify Their Nutrition

31:23- The Best Part of Dave’s Job
Helping people.

32:08- The Art of Working of All Kinds of People
“Everybody’s important.”

33:33- Biggest Lesson From Coaching At Many Different Universities
“The kid’s needs are the same…”

34:31- Difference-Making Technology In The Weightroom 

36:26- Meet With Your Athletes More
Encourage real social-interaction.

38:00- “Have You Met The Rock Yet?!”

38:58- Advice To Aspiring Strength & Conditioning Coaches
“You have to become such an impactful servant…”

41:41- “Become Irreplaceable.”

43:02- How To Continue To Learn When You’ve Reached A High Level
Implementation is everything.

45:33- Dave Feeley’s Legacy– What Drives Him

Thank you Dave Feeley for being a guest on the IMPACT Show!
He can be contacted on Twitter: @coach_davefeeley

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