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January 6, 2014

Okay. You may be ready to panic and scream if you saw this:

KolodziejS&C

CoachingSearch.com doesn’t do permalinks, so it is in their ticker for today.

Naturally Ross Kolodziej played at Wisconsin and spent2012 as a grad assistant at Wisconsin before becoming Pitt’s Assistant S&C Coach (PDF, pg. 35).

But, no way. No way could he be made the Strength and Conditioning Coach at ANY 1A school. Not these days. That would be gross incompetence. The job is too important these days. He’s had one year of experience as an assistant. That would be like promoting a young guy after his first year as a position coach to be a coordinator…

Oh. No.

Per his Pitt bio:

“He owns a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wisconsin and also has a certification in USA weightlifting, level 1.”

Okay, maybe “level 1″ is something significant. Surely it means something good:

Level 1 Sport Performance Certification

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to take all participants through complete technical progressions of the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and all associated movements including Power Snatch, Power Clean, Power Jerk, Squat variations, and pulling progressions. Participants will gain base line knowledge about the programming of training and technical rules. The course includes theoretical classroom, and practical hands-on portions. Course duration is over one weekend and lasts approximately 13-14 hours with up to 9 hours being practical and 4-5 hours lecture based. It is suitable for Strength & Conditioning /Sports Performance, Health & Fitness and beginning level competitive Weightlifting Coaches alike.

Included Materials: Course manual, video and one (1) year USAW membership and certification.

 

 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course and no level of education or coaching background required.

I really, really, really hope this is a bad source. In the mean time I need to hyperventilate into a paper bag for a few minutes.





Ok its happening. Get the hell over it

Comment by nope 01.06.14 @ 1:30 pm

Chryst is a guy that obviously like to use a lot of freshman.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.06.14 @ 1:33 pm

Again… Todd Rice had the “perfect” resume ON PAPER… and Andrew Taglianetti called him “incompetent.”

Ross Kolodziej was a Two-Time Captain at Wisconsin and performed really well at the NFL Combine, pretty damn athletic for a D-Lineman.

Just about anyone can learn the techniques used for Strength and Conditioning. I’m sure there are loads of conferences S&C Coaches can attend and books to read.

But the one thing you can’t NECESSARILY learn is how to be a MOTIVATOR.

If Kolodziej can motivate kids to push themselves… then he’ll probably get results.

One thing for sure, kids will respect him due to the fact that he’s been there and done it… especially the Combine and the NFL.

With that alone… he’s got an edge going in even without the resume.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.06.14 @ 1:54 pm

Lord forbid we should hire a strength and conditioning coach who was qualified to hold the job. Oh well I guess is doesn’t matter as long as we have smart kids ,maybe they can teach him.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.06.14 @ 1:55 pm

spirit… kind of like having Jamie as a recruiter?

Comment by PittofDreams 01.06.14 @ 1:57 pm

PITT still not ranked in either poll.

30th in the AP, 26th in coaches.

..Iowa loses last night and goes up 3 spots

Comment by rhyno527 01.06.14 @ 1:58 pm

@Pittofdreams, Before Dixon was head coach he was considered Howlands best recruiter. If Chryst has half the success as Dixon has had at Pitt he will be adored here. He won’t though because of decisions like this. Couldn’t he have found someone less qualified?

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.06.14 @ 2:03 pm

Man what got into your craw this morning 22? Somebody is grumpy…

If Chryst were Dixon we’d average 9 wins per season with 5 conference wins (.759 / .669 winning percentage) and lose all of our BCS bowls.

I could handle that.

link to en.wikipedia.org

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.06.14 @ 2:11 pm

OMG, Ross Kolodziej is BALD! So much for the Samson factor.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.06.14 @ 2:18 pm

Spirit, knew I could count on you to mount a defense for Jamie.

Seriously, Chryst has been here how long? He deserves the opportunity to see just how all of his pieces come together.

Granted, I was really disappointed with the House promotion. But this is not nearly the same.

Kolodziej is a PROVEN commodity in a College Lockerroom. Also has gone further than the majority of players will ever go by being invited to the Combine, being drafted… and playing Pro Football for several years.

Do you think this guy ever had any exposure to Strength and Conditioning coaching? No, of course not.

Even on paper with just the one year as Ass’t S&C Coach… this makes a lot more sense than the House promotion.

To not see that… is being pretty shortsighted.

It all comes down to “Is this guy a Motivator and do the players respect him?”

I’m guessing the answer to the second part of the question is an ABSOLUTE “Yes.” We’ll eventually learn about the other.

Comment by PittofDreams 01.06.14 @ 2:19 pm

If this guy is in fact the hire for the S&C Coach, if he dares shows up at the Iron Works in a frickin sweatshirt his first day, I’m going to be pi$$ed!

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.06.14 @ 2:22 pm

Atlanta, sorry Pittofdreams knows how to get me worked up. I am sure Chryst has a lot of faith in this young guy being a plus to the staff. I only wish he would have got someone who knew how to help us get stronger. I’m anxious to see what he does about special teams. Let’s hope he has something more substantial planned in that area.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.06.14 @ 2:25 pm

What? Not sure what everyone is upset about. Strength and conditioning is not rocket science. Any Army or Marine drill seargant could whip Pitt into shape and that’s after spending five hours nightly in the NCO club. You guys worry to much. Athletes today have been lifting weights since they were ten years old. If they need motivation to get into football shape they should join the band.

Comment by MariettaMike 01.06.14 @ 2:39 pm

Really nice win, 79-75 over UVa for Susie and the Lady Panthers @ JPJ! Cudos to wbb for posting the win first! Good luck to our swimmers on Friday the 11th @ Cheat Lake CC. Better have their wet suits on as wv can’t afford a pool so they literally string lanes up in Cheat Lake! Brr! Busy weekend for the #12 ranked Panther wrestlers @ Fitz! NC State up first on Saturday with the Pitt Duals on Sunday! Go Panthers! H2P! UPone

Comment by UPone 01.06.14 @ 2:43 pm

Our hoop team is really getting snubbed by the polls. 26th vote getter in one and 30th in the other. That is pretty absurd when Kenpom has us at 8. The eye test says they are wrong and that will make it that much sweeter when they have to recognize us. A couple more wins this week and they won’t have any more options. The best part is that they waited until NC lost 4 games before they tossed them and Duke had to lose 3 to get removed from the top 10. Those teams are very overated and we have a real opportunity to compete for the ACC title. That’s a long way from what we expected last summer. I can live with the snub and hope it motivates our kids to keep kicking butt.

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.06.14 @ 2:44 pm

Dr. Tom what’s wrong with sweatshirts? This job is not a dress for success job, it’s about sweat and more sweat. I could care less what someone wears as long as they can get the job done. If coach Chryst believes this guy can get the job done why are we so upset?

Comment by MariettaMike 01.06.14 @ 2:52 pm

SofS22, have you not been paying attention? Of course our BB team is getting snubbed in the polls now. Don’t even try to tell me that the entire nation hasn’t already heard who just got hired for Pitt’s footballs S&C Coach. Our BB team probably won’t be ranked the rest of the season because of this travesty hire of a S&C coach.

I’m not renewing my season tickets, I can tell you that!

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.06.14 @ 2:54 pm

LMFAO @ Dr. Tom

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.06.14 @ 2:59 pm

MariettaMike,

S,,,,A,,,,R,,,,C,,,,A,,,,S,,,,M

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.06.14 @ 3:03 pm

The S&C coach is huge these days. He is the contact during the entire offseason. The only coach that can actually oversee the players.

It is more than just motivation or lifting weights. It’s about putting the right program in place for players to develop. It is about helping to develop that program.

It is also about liability. We’ve seen players at Iowa pushed too hard for mass Rhabdo.
link to usatoday30.usatoday.com

Erick Plancher at UCF is died during conditioning drills.

And Pitt is going to let a beginner oversee and be responsible for over 100 kids and their workout regimens?

Just look at S&C coaches even at low 1A programs.
Toledo:
link to utrockets.com
7 yrs prior experience. Masters degree in education.

Louisiana-Lafayette:
link to ragincajuns.com
Masters in Kinesiology from Texas while he was a GA, and more than 10 yrs experience.

This is not just bad for the football team. This strikes me as reckless and dangerous.

Comment by Chas 01.06.14 @ 3:03 pm

Well Chas you make some great points as usual.

Keep in mind that nothing official has been announced.

Maybe it is all just a rumor after all…

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.06.14 @ 3:31 pm

Here is the other top candidate for S&C coach:

link to en.wikipedia.org

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.06.14 @ 3:31 pm

Guys, It doesn’t matter who they hire for a special teams coach. Every season some sports writer writes an article about conditioning. Every year we hear how wonderfully condition these athletes are and how tight they are as a team and how closely be stuck together during conditioning in the off-season. We hear endless stories about how they wake up early and go running together how they work out together and invariably we hear how they in in the best shape of their lives! And then they turn around and go 5-7 or 6-6. Who cares.

Comment by Td 01.06.14 @ 3:36 pm

#30 in the AP poll and #26 in the Coaches poll. Damn.

Comment by TonyinHouston 01.06.14 @ 3:36 pm

Terrible hire but come on did you guys expect anything different from Paul? Smug Probably said I will pay this guy 125K where most schools (Top in Football) pay 300-400k. Paul said, hell I got a guy that I know that will do it for 50k and free grad school.

Chas is VERY right here guys the kids spend all year with a S&C Coach not just football time. It’s a VERY important position.

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.06.14 @ 3:39 pm

If S&C Coach isn’t important, why did PC (of all people) fire his? He doesn’t give me the impression of one who goes around dismissing people.

FYI – Chas Alexcih just signed 1 year deal with KC Chiefs

UPONE, Brianna Kiessel, who averaged 23 pts and 7 assists, was named ACC player of the week

Comment by wbb 01.06.14 @ 3:41 pm

Although I must say I found Tino Sunseri’s criticism of the previous strength coach to be pretty funny. Would he have gotten rid of the ball quicker if he was in better condition? Would he have made better reads with a better strength and conditioning coach? Would he have looked less autistic during a game if he had a better workout schedule? Todd Graham was right about one thing and that was the fact that Tino was a career killer and he was right to jump ship

Comment by Td 01.06.14 @ 3:41 pm

@ Td, the short answers, No. No. & No.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.06.14 @ 3:58 pm

I cant see this being true. I know HCPC hired House last year but S&C actually has very serious issues that can come if the S&C coach isnt fully qualified and someone gets hurt or killed.

Comment by Shawn 01.06.14 @ 4:17 pm

Strength and conditioning is, you know, one of those really neat things about college football.

Comment by DD 01.06.14 @ 4:37 pm

Our good friend Joe D got a new friend today: EJ Borgetti.

link to twitter.com

Comment by Justin 01.06.14 @ 4:38 pm

Oops, missed the h. Sorry EJ.

Comment by Justin 01.06.14 @ 4:39 pm

Just for information…Strenth & Conditioning coaches work with a lot of people in the Academia side. Whom for all intents and purposes are going to be waaaaaaay more qualified to suggest workout regimens, diets, etc…I would’t be worried about his credentials. His main priority is to relate to the gentlemen and ensure they are following the plans that are in place for them. Yes motivational tactics are traditionally used by S&C’s but they do it more by placing the players in proper position then words.

Comment by JBizz 01.06.14 @ 4:39 pm

@Td
Just to play devil’s advocate, maybe Tino could have done some of those things if he played behind stronger or less injured offensive lines, or had more effective defenses to require less of Pitt’s offense

Comment by Ghost of Hornman 01.06.14 @ 4:42 pm

Pittofdreams, Dan Marino probably wouldn’t be a good QB coach. Jason Kidd is a horrible NBA coach etc etc. Just because you played in the NFL doesn’t mean you are qualified to administer the lifting program for an entire football team. I personally would rather have someone really studied weight lifting and knows the current science as opposed to an ex-football player. Strength and conditioning is more than just lifting, I feel you should have an expert in charge.

Comment by Wardapalooza 01.06.14 @ 4:44 pm

Poor EJ. My Lord. What is wrong with that dude?

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.06.14 @ 4:45 pm

Agree with Chas and disagree with those of you who say S&C can be easily learned and there isn’t that much to it.

You probably aren’t aware that due to NCAA rules the S&C staff are the only ones in the off-season and particularly the summer, who can supervise drills. The top programs hire experienced, strong leaders who run the on-the-field drills from spring until fall. It is HUGELY important for the program to be a program, and to compliment what the positional coaches need implemented, from route running to throwing to coverage, etc. The last guy didn’t know jack and worse yet tried to bullshit his way through it and make crap up and it showed.

Comment by PittMan 01.06.14 @ 4:50 pm

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to take all participants through complete technical progressions of the Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and all associated movements including Power Snatch, Power Clean, Power Jerk, Squat variations, and pulling progressions. Participants will gain base line knowledge about the programming of training and technical rules. The course includes theoretical classroom, and practical hands-on portions. Course duration is over one weekend and lasts approximately 13-14 hours with up to 9 hours being practical and 4-5 hours lecture based. It is suitable for Strength & Conditioning /Sports Performance, Health & Fitness and beginning level competitive Weightlifting Coaches alike.

Included Materials: Course manual, video and one (1) year USAW membership and certification.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course and no level of education or coaching background required.

I really, really, really hope this is a bad source. In the mean time I need to hyperventilate into a paper bag for a few minutes.

Too funny Chas……lmao

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 4:55 pm

So our S & C coach has taken a weekend course.

This is so so PITT football ! The Black Comedy continues.

Maybe I’ll apply after taking a 30 day course at the local Community College or YMCA. Yes/No

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 4:58 pm

I do have relative in Fond Du Lac who went to Wisconsin-Platteville, wonder if that will help my resume.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 4:59 pm

Hey this is definitely a bonus:

Once the course is processed, you will receive an email with your score and instructions to log on to your membership account to print your membership card and coaching certificate.

I always like to be able to print out my coaching certificate. In case any D1 jobs open up.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 5:05 pm

They’ll probably rank us, right before the Syracuse game. As a way to protect one their favorites, in case they lose.

It won’t be to an unranked team and therefore Cuse won’t drop as much in the polls.

Seen this ploy done plenty in the past, both football & hoops.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 5:12 pm

Wow, can’t Borghetti cut him off.

That dude needs to end up in the East River.

That was incredibly taxing just glancing at it for a couple minutes.

Comment by Dan 01.06.14 @ 5:19 pm

Erick Plancher at UCF is died during conditioning drills.

And Pitt is going to let a beginner oversee and be responsible for over 100 kids and their workout regimens?

Just look at S&C coaches even at low 1A programs.
Toledo:
link to utrockets.com
7 yrs prior experience. Masters degree in education.

Louisiana-Lafayette:
link to ragincajuns.com
Masters in Kinesiology from Texas while he was a GA, and more than 10 yrs experience.

This is not just bad for the football team. This strikes me as reckless and dangerous.

Comment by Chas 01.06.14 @ 3:03 pm

This is in keeping with the theory that PITT BOT and idiot Cornhole are very happy with mediocrity or worse.

How could the great Cornhole sign off on yet another Wisconsin crony with no experience to run the S & C year long program with a BCS football storied history.

What are we training all these neophytes so then they can back to Wisconsin some day, having done their ‘on the job training’ and experimenting at PITT. It’s like the Wisconsin Proving Grounds for anyone in Wisconsin who ever wanted to coach in college at a D1 school. The disorganization has been apparent at many levels with this staff. And now it be all the down to the S & C level.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 5:21 pm

Cheap comes to mind as well Chas.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 5:23 pm

Here is the other top candidate for S&C coach:
link to en.wikipedia.org

Comment by Atlanta Panther 01.06.14 @ 3:31 pm

Calhoun is another neophyte. 29 years old.
lol

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 5:29 pm

Why so much negativity without even knowing who he is. He may be perfect for the job. I like having another NFL guy who knows what it takes to get there. What were Buddy’s credentials until someone hired him.

Comment by JP 01.06.14 @ 5:30 pm

Who cares.
Comment by Td 01.06.14 @ 3:36 pm

Only the kids who develop chronic back & knee problems.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 5:32 pm

So in your theory JP, you just hire anyone off the street. Because they MIGHT be perfect for the job.

I’m guessing you’re not involved in ever recruiting, hiring and training ppl.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 5:39 pm

Pitt coaching questioaire: 1) Have you ever taken any courses that might qualify you to coach? 2) Will you work cheap? 3)Do you like to vacation in exotic places like Birmingham and Detroit? Penn St coaching questionnaire: 1)Would you object to the return of the Paterno statue? 2)How do you feel about coaches showering with children 3)Do you know of anyone else who might need a coaching job we could interview?

Comment by spiritofsection22 01.06.14 @ 5:45 pm

Hire Tim Beltz, s/c for men’s bball among other Olympic sports at pitt for maybe 15 yrs. He has a MS in exercise physiology, you need to know your stuff

Comment by Pants 01.06.14 @ 6:03 pm

For whatever it’s worth, some posters at panther’s prey have mentioned that the Pitt website lists him as ‘assistant s & c coach’.

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 01.06.14 @ 6:10 pm

Pants – I know Tim really good and he would have been a great fit. He is a good guy and cares about Pitt. Pants – you play ball at Pitt?

Comment by Upittbaseball 01.06.14 @ 7:52 pm

Funny thing…I was eating some Wisconsin cheese this AM while wearing a sweatshirt that was 1 size too small. The phone rang. I am now on the coaching staff for Pitt.

Comment by Yeti 01.07.14 @ 8:14 am

Another possible candidate for S&C… and another Wisconsin connection.

Hopefully 13 years experience and accolades from players such as Russell Wilson will be enough to calm some of the critics.

link to host.madison.com

Comment by PittofDreams 01.07.14 @ 11:30 am

stop it stop it it could have been worse it could have been the ball boy from the wisconsin basketball games o wait he is in line to be the new RB coach my bad.

Comment by Frankcan 01.07.14 @ 11:42 am

YETI a free piece of advice, never go to Texas for any reason. AOL yesterday had a story about a Texas hunter that shot a BIGFOOT in 2012 and then had it sent out to labs for testing. This year the hunter plans to take it on tour and show it across the Country. You cannot make this stuff up.

Comment by joel 01.07.14 @ 12:08 pm

INFO for you if franklin takes the penn state job we are screwed as far as recruiting goes if he wants a kid and we want same kid he will get him.

he will take who he wants he is very good i kind of wish golden had got the job.
chryst could hang with golden but not with franklin

Comment by Frankcan 01.07.14 @ 2:19 pm

Russell Wilson saying he was an ok GA is pretty worthless. These guys get to the NFL almost every comment is positive to do no harm and move on. He probably barely knew the kid. Russell Wilson was only at Wisconsin for a three or four months. The continuing Wisconsin thing is really bothersome. The infatuation is leading to the situation that could occur in another season or two – Wisconsin comes open and “Wisconsin South Campus” located in Pitt departs en mass. It appears we aren’t searching far and wide to bring in the most qualified or anyone who might bring in a new ways of thought.

Comment by PittMan 01.08.14 @ 11:59 am

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