Strength and conditioning experts from across the state recently gathered at McHenry High School to learn from each other at a recent Illinois Family Day conference for the National High School Strength and Conditioning Association.
More than 90 coaches from over 70 schools visited the McHenry Strength facility on October 29 to hear from experts in the field, including Katie Guillory, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Illinois, and Drew Potthoff, executive director of Illinois Coaches. Association.
The other presenters were Matt Gifford, director of OAW Sport Performance; Adam Vogel, Illinois principal at NHSSCA and coach / educator at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School; Tommy Christian, owner and founder of TCBOOST; and Kevin Benages, coach and educator at Naperville North High School.
Hosted and hosted by Dr John Beerbower, Principal of McHenry Strength at McHenry High School, the event was the first in-person gathering in some time.
“It’s really good to be together,” Beerbower said. “The whole concept is that we are here to help each other. “
The day included presentations, question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions. Topics included supporting student-athletes, improving speed, and preventing injury.
Presenters and attendees said they appreciated the opportunity to collect and share information. McHenry Strength students helped facilitate and demonstrate during the presentations.
Chris Maxedon, a teacher at Huntley High School and coach of the boys’ track team, said he appreciates the opportunity to learn from other coaches. He looks forward to putting the information into practice when his sports season begins.
“All of us, as educators, are always on the lookout for new ideas,” said Maxedon.