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  Kettlebell training at NBC.
Coaches get some hands-on training of proper technique for using kettlebell weights Saturday [March 18, 2017]. About 100 coaches from eight states attended the clinic at NBC

Coaches flock to NBC to stregthen their programs

by Nathan Arneal
Published 3/29/17

NBC strength and conditioning teacher Rob Brokaw has spent many, many hours on the road travelling to hear the best in his business speak.

Those road trips included jaunts to destinations like Michigan, Minnesota and Atlanta for a chance to hear about the latest philosophies and techniques in training athletes for peak performance.

Boy, Brokaw thought, this sure would be easier without traveling across the country.

“I’ve been kind of all over the place, and I thought there’s nothing like that here,” Brokaw said. “We’re Nebraska, Boyd Epley, right here, this is where it all began. So it seems kind of fitting that we bring it back to Nebraska.”

So he did.

Two years ago Brokaw inaugurated the Nebraska High School Strength Clinic in Fremont. Brokaw, 30, is now in his first year at North Bend Central, and when he made the move to NBC, he brought the clinic with him.

About 100 coaches representing 60 high schools from eight states met in North Bend to see and hear nationally known speakers as well as local experts discuss strength training and conditioning. The roster of speakers included the basketball strength coach for Clemson University and Dan John, who is well known on the strength circuit in both the U.S. and Europe. The clinic also featured presentations from top high school strength coaches from Minnesota, Indiana, Georgia and Nebraska.

Some of the proceeds of the clinic were donated to the NBC strength program.
NBC boys basketball coach Jon Baehr said he’s excited about incorporating some of the things he heard at the clinic into his own program.

“As a coach you really need to ask yourself what your athletes need to be good at, and then work towards things that allow those athletes to be good in their respective sports,” Baehr said. “I think after hearing (Dan John) speak, it will lead me to try and marry activities we are doing in practice to what they are doing in weights by picking coach Brokaw’s brain a bit more.”

Baehr gave the example of improving his players’ defensive stance and lateral quickness on defensive slides with training techniques he can take from the weight room into basketball practice.

Ron Mimick is the athletic director, football coach and boys track and field coach for David City Aquinas and has been involved in training athletes for 37 years. He attended the clinic as he tries to reshape the strength and conditioning program at Aquinas. Instead of individual coaches coming up with programs for their athletes, he wants to have a program all Monarch athletes, male and female of all ages, can follow.

“I’m learning a lot,” he said. “We’re trying to get to where we say, ‘This is the Aquinas program.’ It’s kind of like a basketball coach: this is what we do, and we pick up a little bit here and a little bit there, and it works for us. That’s what we want to get to.”

Mimick has seen strength training philosophies change a lot in his decades as a coach. What once involved a lot of machines is now shifting more towards free weights, exercises done with the athlete’s feet on the ground and a focus on core strength.


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