The rest of story on Joe T on UGA’s restructured strength program

In case you missed it, I wrote a story about Georgia’s new strength and conditioning program under director Joe Tereshinski, which appeared in the Sunday paper and was uploaded online over the weekend. It made for an interesting challenge since I was  unable to talk to Tereshinski for the story. I’d been requesting interviews with him all summer, but he kept respectfully declining through the sports communication office. I actually ran into “Coach T,” who I’ve known for years, at a retail store back in June and we had a nice off-the-record chat about everything. At that time, he said, “just give me until after the Fourth of July and I’ll talk.” But that came and went and we I never did get a chance to pick his brain. In the meantime, I continued to interview players and coaches and other folks about Joe T and what he was doing with the strength program this summer and I got a lot of feedback. So with the off-season program ending this past Wednesday and preseason camp starting this week, I felt I should go ahead and share what I’d gathered. And the fact is, I’d gathered way more than I was able to share. I just wasn’t able to fit it all in. So this morning I’m just going to clean out my notebook on this subject as the Bulldogs turn their attention to the business of getting ready on the football field. Hopefully we’ll still get a chance to hear from Coach T  between now and the Boise State kickoff. I’ll let you know if and when that happens. In the meantime, as Paul Harvey might say, and now for “the rest of the story” . . .


Clearly between Coach T and Mark Richt they wanted more Georgia flavor in the weight room. They hired two full-time assistants and both were recent lettermen and NFL veterans: Former running back Thomas Brown (2004-07) and linebacker Tony Gilbert (2000-02). Former linebacker Kendrell Bell (1999-2000) and fullback Verron Haynes (2000-01) also have been helping out this summer as student assistants. Brown, as most Georgia fans will recall, was pound for pound one of the strongest Bulldogs ever. Still is, as I understand it. Gilbert, too. So not only are they able to tell the players what to do, they can show them in many cases.

Everybody I talked to says don’t overlook the decision to bring John Kasay Sr. out of retirement. Kasay, also a letterman (1964-66), has had an almost 50-year association with UGA. And apparently has had and will continue to have a profound effect on these proceedings. While he’s only a part-time assistant, word is he is bringing the same fire and intensity he did as a position coach and strength coach in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. I can’t wait to find out if he’s still wearing the pants and long sleeves jackets in the peak of the summer heat.

Associate director Keith Gray remains on staff, as does assistant Rex Bradberry, who also splits his time as a nutritionist. However, former assistant Clay Walker has moved on. So with the additions of Brown, Gilbert and Kasay and the subtraction of Walker the staff grew by 1 1/2 employees.

While Georgia has made a lot of changes in its strength and conditioning department, it hasn’t necessarily thrown a lot of money at it (unless you count the $38 million addition to the Butts-Mehre Complex, which includes training space and equipment). I didn’t have a chance to survey other SEC programs but it would appear the Bulldogs’ staff came together fairly inexpensively.

Tereshinski signed a one-year contract that expires Dec. 31, 2011, that calls for a $150,000 salary. Nobody else on the current staff makes more than $45,121 and the average salary of the five assistants $36,000 a year. That includes Kasay’s salary as a part-time — or 49 percent — employee/retiree.

Athletic director Greg McGarity has also added two full time nutritionists to the payroll. Jen Ketterly comes to Georgia from North Carolina as the director of sports nutrition and Maria Breen has come over from UGA’s Family and Consumer Sciences College to help out. They started in early July and will monitor players’ diets aswell as educate all student-athletes on eating right


The one constant theme I heard with regard to Tereshinski and the new staff is their “love of Georgia.” Numerous players and coaches in various ways separate of each other used that to describe their coaching style.

  • Said redshirt freshman running back Ken Malcome: “There’s no reason to doubt what Coach T’s doing. He’s not here to hurt Georgia. He loves Georgia. All you have to do is sit there with Coach T for a minute and you know he koves Georgia. So he’s not going to do anything to hurt Georgia.”
  • Said junior wide receiver Tavarres King: “Joe Tereshinki loves Georgia more than anybody. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. He loves the Bulldogs and he loves us.”
  • Said UGA fundraiser Mike Cavan, a former Georgia player and assistant coach who is good friends with Tereshinski and Kasay: “Everybody talks about it’s ‘old school’ and ‘it won’t work’ and all that stuff. But one of the things they don’t understand about Joe and John, and I think you have to talk about both of them when it comes to this, is they are in this thing 100 percent. And it doesn’t take kids long to figure that out. . . . They realize that these guys, Joe T and John Kasay, love the University of Georgia and ‘they love them and are just trying to make them better. I see those guys believing that now.”


It has yet to be proven whether it will translate to more success on the football field, but players are liking the results of their run-oriented regimen this summer.

  • Said senior cornerback Brandon Boykin: “It’s amazing how people’s bodies have transformed and how people are getting into shape. One time I was running around the track with Aron White and Arthur Lynch. Arthur probably weighs 150 pounds more than me and he was only a couple of steps behind me. The shape he’s gotten into is amazing. Every day we’re running around the track, doing speed drills, running hills, tires, sleds, everything you can think of. We’re doing it all and you can tell the difference.”
  • “I lost a lot of body fat. I got a lot more muscle, a lot more tone. The coaches say I look a lot better from the time I first got here. I’m about 220 right now. I was 226 in spring. I feel good.” — Malcome
  • “I’d say we’re working more efficiently right now and we have the mindset we’re not just lifting weights, we’re lifting weights to win a game on Saturday. Coach ‘T’ and his staff have done a great job of providing that vision for us” — LB Christian Robinson


I haven’t gotten a chance to visit with former strength and conditioning director Dave Van Halanger since his appointment as “director of player welfare” last December but I hope to soon. In any case,  it’s not like Georgia didn’t know what it was doing under his direction. Van Halanger, a certified “Master of Strength and Conditioning,” is the one who coined the phrase “finish the drill” at Georgia. He’s a hall of fame strength and conditioning coach who oversaw Florida State’s strength program when it was making 14 consecutive Top 5 finishes. He followed Richt to Athens and brought those infamous “mat drills” with him and it was his battle cry of “Finish the Drill” the Bulldogs used during the SEC championship runs of 2002 and 2005. Sometimes, though, change for change sake can be a good thing. We’ll all see soon enough.


Players report for preseason camp Tuesday evening, testing is on Wednesday and the first practice is Thursday night. So check back regularly all day every day going forward because multiple updates will be coming. It’s football season!

203 comments Add your comment


August 1st, 2011
5:51 am

YO RED PANTIES…..Jacksonville…Oct. 29….3:30 PM….Wear your black bonnets, silver blouses and red panties….Cool fashion statement…Again…..We’re waiting….YOUR BOSS

Brunswick Marsh Dawg

August 1st, 2011
5:55 am

First? GATA!!!


August 1st, 2011
6:14 am

Get mean Dawgs!!! Can’t wait to see my newly revamped dawgs in the dome, with new jerseys, and ready to put a hat on Boise st.


August 1st, 2011
6:30 am

Not much to do with your life boss gator other than to make an ass of yourself? If your going to try and brag, at least keep it on topic. at least we have something to look forward to.
i am excited to see how our players have progressed.


August 1st, 2011
6:33 am

Change is usually a good thing. Go Dawgs!

Coach Steve Spurrier

August 1st, 2011
6:36 am

I still own the dogs.

Kirby Smart

August 1st, 2011
6:37 am

When UGA decides they want a real winner, give me a call.

Coach Vince "Coke Head" Dooley

August 1st, 2011
6:37 am

BOSS is my Bitch

August 1st, 2011
6:51 am

Haven’t the gaytors had uniform modification’s? UGA has fun with their young men! Stop recruiting our State and lets see how good you are? Your wins in football are so tainted with BCS(Biased-Corrupt-System)facts. Look at all the other schools that should have been given the same opportunities. Ever gone undefeated? The tradition of Wake Forrest and the ego of Notre Dame!

Tech Guy

August 1st, 2011
6:56 am

Hell, it ain’t important, it just jawga.


August 1st, 2011
6:58 am


Frank Lane

August 1st, 2011
7:02 am

Before Mark Richt got to UGA, I asked a former player and colleague, Jamie Dukes, if Richt would be a good coach for the Dawgs and he replied, “He will if he remembers that the SEC is a strength league, not a finesse league like the ACC. You don’t win the SEC by fooling people. You win the SEC by beating people, by going straight at them.”

Maybe Mark is coming around to that realization this year.


August 1st, 2011
7:14 am

Good article Chip,allways better than that Junkyard blog!And football season is allmost here,how sweet is that.Tech fans on here allready what a joke! HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS!

Destin Dawg

August 1st, 2011
7:18 am

this year will be coming out party for Todd Grantham….. 2nd year of the 3/4… he has the players… a great Junkyard Dawg defense this year and next will insure his future in college football… we’ll win the field position/turnover war… this new improved S&C program was necessary for success….. Go Dawgs !!!!!


August 1st, 2011
7:24 am

This will end well. Considering how great of a college QB Tetrazinni was. Oh well….at least our bowl game will be within driving distance again.

Bring Back Wally Butts

August 1st, 2011
7:25 am

Yo, Boss Gator.

You don’t have Urban Crier anymore and we don’t have red panties anymore. Bring it on! It’s a whole new day!


August 1st, 2011
7:27 am

Must be getting closer to kick off time. All the jerks are out in force and can’t wait for a new article with anything about UGA, to spout their pathetic attempt at being witty.
If any of these negative blogger had half an ounce of brains, they would realize that psychological warfare, only works when they person can deliver it in person to a captive audience. Like a prisoner for instance. Interestingly enough, they are the prisoners of their own stupidity, so they are actually the ones being persuaded in their own minds, not the UGA fans. UGA fans have already won, because the prisoners are are already so worried, that they are trying to form barriers and platforms for their defense. In other words, you are gonna get your butt handed to you when UGA plays you, so you have set up your defensive mechanisms ahead of time. Fear is your motivator, not superior skills or intelligence. You fear UGA and are jealous of the players, the team, the coaches, the fans and the great institution it is. I feel sorry sort of in a way, a soldier feels, just before he pulls the trigger, to end the enemies life. It leaves such a mess if you do it right.
I don’t think it is right to call these folks Trolls, anymore. I think I will just call them “Prisoners Of UGA”. It has a nice ring to it.

Love conquers all

August 1st, 2011
7:39 am

Gotta beat boise state in the GEORGIA dome.

Destin Dawg

August 1st, 2011
7:55 am

with QB problems at USC ( Garcia and coach )… and Gators… is Brantley is the best Fla.. has ??… looks good to me… Can’t wait !! we have 3 good QB;s.. Go Dawgs !!!


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August 1st, 2011
8:27 am

Gators lost their coach, five games and need a QB. Muschamp is a great screamer. Can he coach. All that tearing down the door coming out of the locker room ends after the first series and coaching takes over. We’ll see.

Troll Power Ratings

August 1st, 2011
8:28 am

@RedandBlackDAWG: “I don’t think it is right to call these folks Trolls, anymore. I think I will just call them “Prisoners Of UGA”. It has a nice ring to it.”

Perfect….well said!!! Sums it up exactly.


August 1st, 2011
8:32 am

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August 1st, 2011
8:36 am

@RedandBlackDawg…….Good Dawg! Well Said!!!!
Can anyone tell me about Our Beloved Mascot? Has he been working out with Coach T.also?


August 1st, 2011
8:46 am

Bring Back Wally Butts

August 1st, 2011
8:48 am

I think that the jury is out on Brantley with Muschump and Weiss being better than Cryer/Tebow. Frankly, I like our chances in Jacksonville. We will know soon.


August 1st, 2011
8:57 am

Seems like they are doing better in this area. Not hearing as many injury reports as we had in 2007-08 pre season.


August 1st, 2011
9:02 am

I didn’t have a chance to survey other SEC programs but it would appear the Bulldogs’ staff came together fairly inexpensively.

I hope the old addage that you get what you pay for is not applicable in this instance!


August 1st, 2011
9:15 am

Sometimes “Change for change sake can be a good thing”. UGA has changed eveything about program, except the real problem, and that would be Richt & BooBoo. Doesn’t matter what else they change, until this 2 headed monster leaves, UGA will be mediocre. Every team in the SECE has made changes in the past couple of years with their O.C., and most head coaches except UGA. The results show on the field, and UGA with Richt&BooBoo have a .500 record in the East over that period. Seeing is believing, and RIcht&BooBoo have shown nothing for UGA fans to believe in. The NIGHTMARE in Athens continues, sept.3rd. One other thing, for UGA fans to continue to rave about Murray and trash Brantley, if i’m not mistaken, Brantley beat Murray in their only matchup, and Brantley didn’t kill his team with 4 turnovers. Amazing what UGA fans come up with.


August 1st, 2011
9:16 am

Hope you knocked on wood when you wrote that, Gary.

Sorry, just superstitious.

If Richt and Co somehow figure out a way to beat Boise, UGA gets back on the national media “map.” We’ve been off it for a couple years.

Beast from the East

August 1st, 2011
9:19 am

“One other thing, for UGA fans to continue to rave about Murray and trash Brantley, if i’m not mistaken, Brantley beat Murray in their only matchup, and Brantley didn’t kill his team with 4 turnovers. Amazing what UGA fans come up with.”

Well said, but you have to remember that many folks don’t like to face facts when it doesn’t suit their arguament. When do they kick-off?


August 1st, 2011
9:27 am

Anyone that knows anything about the game of football knows that strength and conditioning will minimize the injuries. I used to tell my guys when you go half speed you increase your chances of injury.


August 1st, 2011
9:33 am


You want Richt fired now, a week before fall practice starts?

If so, you are an idiot.

If not, why not let’s see how the season plays out and stop with your negative nellie nostradamus crap.


August 1st, 2011
9:33 am

That was witty.


August 1st, 2011
9:34 am

Beast don’t think the Gators have anything to worry about again this year in Jax. Just heard an interview with Richt and he said “I hope i don’t lose my nerve” when it comes to practicing in fullpads, and tackling to the ground. He was once again referring to lack of depth at every position on the team. He even went so far as to say “I’m praying about it, and hope we don’t have many injuries”. Are u fu—— kidding me. This is what UGA’s coach does, he prays, while opposing coaches work and develop the freshmen players they recruited to develop depth. Seems i heard this same excuse back in 2008 when UGA was preseason #1, and now this clown is already setting up the fans for another disaster. When will UGA get enough of this guy, and his puppet BooBoo. And BooBoo is already crying about how unnerving the attrition on O.L and running back have been. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Two peas in a pod.


August 1st, 2011
9:39 am

DawginLex, i don’t stoop to your level and call other bloggers names like you always do. You are so immature, and you are a badass behind your keyboard. Just because someone tells the truth about Richt and his terrible record the past 5 years, doesn’t mean they should be called names. If you don’t agree with someone, bring facts to disagree, but i forgot, you don’t know how to do that, you only know how to call people names. You are funny, and i have never done anything but state facts about the terrible state Richt has made the UGA program, that is much more than i can say about you. Bring facts to defend your boy, or just shutup.


August 1st, 2011
9:40 am


Why won’t you answer the question?

Or do you get your kicks by griping and moaning?

How do you know Richt is not going to develop the freshmen players for depth? Are you on the dam coaching staff?

God almighty you really need to find another team. This UGA team is going to cause you to stroke out or have a heart attack.

Just go for a drive on game days and don’t listen or watch. Your health is more important.


August 1st, 2011
9:42 am

You call a DGD like Mike Bobo “BooBoo” yet you don’t call folks names?

Pot meet kettle.

I have not been happy with the last couple of years either but you didn’t answer my question hothead.

You want him fired now? Like UNC just did?

answer my question boy or you STFU

Beast from the East

August 1st, 2011
9:42 am

To be fair, UF has the same problems with depth on both lines. I’m sure it is scary as heck in practice, hoping no one suffers an injury. You have to start a freshman at either tackle spot on the o-line and it could be a disaster. Said it before and I’ll say it again, voth UF and UGA will be battling for 2nd place in the East this year.


August 1st, 2011
9:46 am

1953 says “terrible record the last five years”

2007 we ended up 11-2 and ranked 2nd in the country and we were “terrible”

You are probably one of these “experts” who thinks we should go 14-0 every year just because you say so.

I’m ashamed to say you are supposed to be on our side calling yourself a dawg is a dam disgrace to my university.

UGA Insider

August 1st, 2011
9:49 am

I agree with Beast from the East. UGA and UF are not ready to handle USCe this year. They are loaded with talent and they are actually my pick for the MNC. They have the easiest schedule I have ever seen. If Spurrier blows this one he should retire. But I don’t think USCe can even blow this one.


August 1st, 2011
9:52 am

1953dawg: I know 2 sec championships is mediocre but give Richt one more year. Yes Bobo is too predictable but somehow we still put up tons of points. If you think Brantley is better than Murray because of the 4 turnovers last year you must either be kidding or only looked at the box score. 2 of them were not his fault and arguably 3. His players didn’t help him out in almost every case.

old Dawg

August 1st, 2011
10:00 am

USC will be out of Q.B.’s by mid season 3 road games @ Tenn. @ MSU… @ Ark… ????

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August 1st, 2011
10:10 am

1953dawg: If you remember correctly it took 3…count them 3 UF personnel at the QB position to “beat” Aaron Murray. Last years game was the first time UF brought out 3 QBs in one game. They were desperate and needed some angle on offense to produce. No doubt it worked, but Brantley did not win the game for them. Despite his turnovers, Aaron Murray equaled the production of 3 UF QBs that day.



August 1st, 2011
10:12 am

1953dawg: Your negativity is bothersome. You may choose to go through life the way you are or you can turn the page and let the book unfold itself. Richt see the writing on the wall. He is going to prove you and all the naysayers that he still has it. I am not believing the S. Carolina hype yet. Those guys seem to (you know what) the bed when the pressure is really on. Seriously, you may not believe, there are a lot more TRUE DAWG FANS that believe we have a good thing going now.

Beast from the East

August 1st, 2011
10:15 am

Make that one QB, one tight end and one FB playing the position of QB. Let’s also not forget the punter that kicked the game winning field goal while your DC was making threatening gestures on national TV.
Does that make it sting any less? LOL!
Sorry, I coudn’t resist!

Bobo, Bobo, a Pirate's Life for Me

August 1st, 2011
10:26 am

I think it takes a quarter and a half for the offense to get working, then Georgia (coming from behind) burns boise in the second half to win by 3 or 4


August 1st, 2011
10:27 am

I agree w/Insider about USC east to a certain extent but there is no way Garcia will QB that team to a BCS title. Arkansas and alabama are much better than SC and spurrier has to go to Fayettenam where he will get drilled.

UGA has a shot at Sc only because it is at home. I still say we beat BSU and lose to SC.

I also think the S&C program changes are good but will take another year to really make a difference. Plus, with much less than 85 players dressed out, our lack of depth will be an issue. Playing true freshmen in the SEC is typically not good unless it is for special teams.

Dawg Gone

August 1st, 2011
10:30 am

Beast you might want to remember something here also…Murray did what no UGA QB has done in a long time brought his team back from a 2 score deficient at the half and took the Gators to O.T. as a freshman. Also lets take a look at your HC’s recent performance as the defensive genius I keep hearing is his claim to fame and the reason he was picked to be the Gator HC . Last year with his system in place and the players at Texas his recruits, they lost 7 games just like UGA here is where it gets interesting Texas had 6 of their opponents score 28 or more points in 6 of those losses in the 7th loss the opponent scored 24. CTG in his first year lost 2 games where UGA’s opponents scored 28 or more points. And Beast last year our weakness was the D. We both have a ton of question marks but we stay healthy and I like our chances vs the Gators this year and it been a while since I could think is here ain’t it grand !