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.”

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Dawg_Mike

December 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

I’m willing to give him a chance, but there better be improvement.

coachx

December 3rd, 2010
12:13 pm

I must say I really like what he is preaching !

Go DAWGS !

Hopefully they become beast in the 4th quarter again.

Brokeback Dave

December 3rd, 2010
12:18 pm

How do I get my hands on those daily workout videos?

Eddie

December 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Love this decision. Pollack said nobody made him work harder. He’s an in your face kind of guy, which is what you need in this role.

Right on about the 4th quarter. Got outscored by almost 20 points, looked gassed against Florida early. Ran out of gas against Auburn late.

Lost a lot of games in the 4th quarter.

Not sure the S & C is the cause of 4th quarter struggles.

The new QB really struggled in most games in the 4th quarter, but maybe he’ll get better, or maybe Georgia can find somebody who’s better, so more coaches don’t have to get demoted.

some guy

December 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

next year is totally the year!

William

December 3rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Let’s also train them to start fast and be explosive in the first quarter so that we can play our back-ups in the fourth quarter.

WinderDogg

December 3rd, 2010
12:28 pm

I will go with Joe T and Mother Kasey….We get back to the basics of hard work and not tricks to “finish the drill” then we will be ok…recruit kids that push themselves and want to to get stronger…not kids that think that hard work is for someone else…

LHardingDawg

December 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

Maybe the “matt drills” should be in August and not in the off season.

Henry D.

December 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Eddie, the new QB didn’t struggle in the 4the quarter because of conditioning. (Not his anyway). He struggled because BoBo had a tendencie to pull the reigns in too tight too often when this team was not up to being a tough inside rushing team. They seemed to have much more success running the ball when they spread the defense all over the field. then, they would take the receivers out, pull everybody in tight and couldn’t gain a yard.

Billy Ray

December 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

“The new QB really struggled in most games in the 4th quarter, but maybe he’ll get better, or maybe Georgia can find somebody who’s better, so more coaches don’t have to get demoted”….Eddie, are you serious?

Dawglvr

December 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Gotta love that quote-Tereshinski: ‘We’re going to prepare this team for the fourth quarter’-

I for one am sick of getting dominated on the line of scrimmage.

Frank Lane

December 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

All games are either won or lost in the 4th quarter because that’s when the cut the scoring off.

TheEdgeWooder

December 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Seems like a decent S&C coach, but for this to work he really needs to shake things up. And with him previously being an assistant, I’m not so sure how much he will be able to change the players mentality. He needs to make them feel uncomfortable, sore, and wondering what’s next. Really the only way to prep them for a 4th quarter win of a hard fought SEC game.

truly diappointed

December 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

My god nobody lives in the past like most UGA fans. I guess I’m in the minority when it comes to the fans who want too look towards the future. It would have been nice to bring in some new blood with an outside hire who is actually up to date with new innovative techniques. But what does Richt do? Trade one 57 year guy for another. But old dawg fans are fired up cause ole Joe T is from the Dooley days of the 80’s. Can we please quit living in the past.

I hope some of you got to read the sports illustrated article for preseason 2010 college football. One writer wrote that Georgia has the most delusional fan base in the country. He said they think their some kind of elite football power but in reality they have become irrelevant. I’m sorry to say that this is a true statement. Bama and UF fans laugh at us people. Please wake up.

Reality

December 3rd, 2010
12:44 pm

I am liking this choice more and more….Being stronger in the 4th quarter both mentally and physically is the difference in close games.

jdjd

December 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Coach “T” is a first class guy who LOVES Georgia. No one will outwork Coach T..

MacNamara

December 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

He has been the assistant strength coach for 29 years and he has a pretty fresh perspective on the strength program?

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Billy Ray- I totally agree with you.

Eddie–What planet are you on? Murray- the new QB was the only constant we had all year. Yes he had his worst game against florida. Look at his numbers. Trust me Aaron Murray is not going anywhere.

jsmithc

December 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

i think i would have hired some new blood that is up to date with all the new methods of strenght and conditioning. but i guess mark richt and the new A.D know best

GW

December 3rd, 2010
12:51 pm

So Kasay is not official. Just blogger’s gossip I guess.

robodawg

December 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Nutrition, technology, conditioning for endurance … he’s saying the right things. We don’t need an outside person for this position, we just need someone who will find and incorporate the latest advances. The people implementing the program don’t need to be the scientific experts, they need to be motivators who will push kids and who will learn from the scientific experts.

volfan

December 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

volfan

As a Vol fan I think this is a great hire! I can’t imagine why Coach D. Dooley didn’t think to hire the video guy to do our S&C. Plus I LOVE Coach Mark Richt and I hope uga keeps him forever. But I was sorry to see Wille M. gone. But Todd the choker looks like a fine repacement. GO VOLS!!!!

SC Dawg

December 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

Eddie are you on crack? QB was the only consistant player on the field all year. I agree, our team was out of gas in the 4th all season.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
12:54 pm

UGA needed to make a change. Felt bad for Van because he has had a lot of success in his career but all teams/organizations need to change to stay competitive.

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Truly- Good points, lot of truth. There were a lot of special times in the past and fans love talking about them but the groundswell of people wanting Mark Richt canned (not me) say they are very cogniscent of UF and UA and want to be like those programs

Unleash the JYD (aka: The Sham)

December 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

I like that this will be our main shake up. We may have a few work out warrior on the team, but far and away we need to get stronger across the board! We have great athletes that are Heavenly made, but football players are MADE in the weight room. The laws of physics can’t be denied.

GO DAWGS!!

UNLEASH THE JYD!!!!! PUSH IT, PUSH IT, ONE MORE REPPPPPPPPP… OH YEAH!!! GREAT SET!!! NOW HIT BIKE FOR AN HOUR RIDE AND GET YOUR ARSE BACK ON THIS LEG PRESS MACHINE!!!

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

No it’s official GW

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Rufus

December 3rd, 2010
12:57 pm

Wasn’t he our QB a few years ago? Anyway, I’m sure this will fix a lot of what needs fixin’. Will Aaron Murray participate?

jack bull

December 3rd, 2010
12:57 pm

billy ray, he really wasn’t very good in the 4th qtr, nor on 3rd down..hence a 6-6- record.. i know, the defense has a whole lot to do with that, but, the QB had a little to do with it..

WDE

December 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

I won’t lie, I hate everything about Georgia, and have enjoyed seeing you guys run around with your heads cut off these past few seasons. However, at this point, there’s no more joy at seeing your program continue its decline. I might actually start feeling bad for yall(someone please shoot me)

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Jack bull- You do realize as a redshirt freshman he only needs 1 touchdown pass to pass MATTHEW STAFFORD (1st overall NFL pick 2 years ago) for most touchdown passes by a UGA QB in a season?

Frank Lane

December 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

If our defense had held opposing teams to 20 points or less, I think that we would be 11-1.

WDE

December 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

If the queen had b@77s she’d be king.

JB

December 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

THE TIPPING POINT: Second half in Tech game, fourth and one…..Tech’s undersized and under talented DL stuffs our Veteran OL and offense for NO GAIN…. We need help. Good Luck Coach T.

75-76=DAWG

December 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

Don’t blame Murray for his lack of production in the fourth quarter. Blame Bobo’s lack of the ability to call the right plays or to run what is or was working earlier.
Our problem is Bobo . With the receivers we have one of the girl cheerleaders could have scored 30 points per game if they were our offensive coordinator. If we had a real offensive coordinator UGA would have scored 50 plus points every game. With no running back help , partly because the offensive line was so weak UGA should have thrown the ball 50 plus times every game.

gdawginkalamazoo

December 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

Should have hired Tony Horton.

GoForTwo

December 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

I’m delusional about Georgia like I’m with my women. They look great all the time, no matter the lack of linemen or missing front teeth.

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

Sure Murray struggled some here and there (Redshirt Freshman) . Florida game most notably but remember he accepted complete blame for that loss and spent every waking hour in the film room that he wasn’t on the practice field

we'll see

December 3rd, 2010
1:04 pm

I really don’t think that this is going to help to much, I am a personal trainer with my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist) until i get the full run down of what “latest technology” they are going to use. I have my doubts.

YEEEEAHBO

December 3rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Coach Kasay is the man…get ready boys

JB

December 3rd, 2010
1:06 pm

WDE……I’m sure a techie…………….living on Georgia blogs 2 weeks after the game. Living rent free in your mind and happy with 9 of 10.

Dawg '94

December 3rd, 2010
1:07 pm

Did a Tennessee fan really just talk trash on a UGA blog? Really? Check the score from the game Billy Joe Jim Bob.

MontyP

December 3rd, 2010
1:08 pm

I see Tereshinski as the guy that has wanted to modernize the training program to meet current standards and Van Halanger was the old school guy that refused to change. He has the mentallity that “we have always done it this way and this is the way we will continue doing it!” Van Halanger just wouldn’t change and what he was doing is no longer getting the job done. Tereshinski is probably the right guy for the job.

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

Murray had over 100 scholarship offers people!

WDE

December 3rd, 2010
1:10 pm

Tennessee went 6-6 and was in an ACTUAL rebuilding year. Georgia went 6-6 ont he heal of 6-7 straight top-10 recruiting classes and low coach turnover. Chew on that.

War Eagle

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
1:11 pm

Exactly Dawg 94, The Dawgs baptized the vols this year

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
1:12 pm

WDE, shouldn’t you get back to work at the sewage plant? Your 15 is up man.

Hankie Aron

December 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

You are funny, really, nothing better to do than to hang out in a UGA blog?

WDE

December 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

I’m sorry, I thought a link was posted on the AJC sports section. Didn’t know UGA’s AD bankrolled this website.

Over-under on you being a student/alumni of UGA?