Tereshinski: ‘We’re going to prepare this team for the fourth quarter’
Joe Tereshinski, named Thursday to take over as the Georgia football program’s director of strength and conditioning, started his new job by meeting with the players at 6 a.m. Friday.
Five hours later, he talked with reporters on a conference call.
Here’s some of what he had to say:
- He thanked Mark Richt for the opportunity, thanked the position coaches who have called to express support and thanked all the strength coaches he has worked with over the years, including predecessor Dave Van Halanger (”the second winningest strength coach in America”).
- He said he understands the responsibility and importance of the job to the school, the players and the Bulldog Nation. “This job is not taken lightly by me in any way,” he said. He also said: “Everybody realizes that we have to go in a different direction and become stronger, become quicker and turn this program around.”
- As for changes, Tereshinski said a nutritionist and graduate assistants will “closely monitor” the players’ meals and record what they are eating. “I told them nutrition is one place we’re going to be very candid about.” Also, new technology will be introduced into the weight room, where all workouts will be videotaped and reviewed by strength coaches.
- “The whole culture we’re going with is, we’re going to prepare this team for the fourth quarter,” Tereshinski said. “Georgia used to be known that in the fourth quarter, they won. . . . We’re going to press and challenge these kids every day to overcome. They’re going to have to overcome.”
- Even the fabled “mat drills” – the grueling off-season conditioning sessions brought to Georgia from Florida State by Van Halanger – are on the table. “Coach Richt and I are discussing the mat drills,” Tereshinski said. “No decision has been made on the mat drills as of yet.”
- An assistant strength coach at UGA since 1982 and video coordinator since 1987, Tereshinski strongly disagrees with those who opine that Van Halanger’s replacement should have been brought in from outside for a new perspective. “First of all, I have a pretty fresh perspective of our strength program,” he said. He added that his familiarity with the players and his long exposure to SEC football will be beneficial.
- Tereshinski said he is “talking to some other individuals that may join the staff.” One of those people is John Kasay, a former Georgia strength coach who retired this year after a long career in the athletics department. “He is a tough, hard, knowledgeable, unforgiving, pointed, disciplined man that loves to train kids,” Tereshinski said. “I will visit with John Kasay.”