Georgia loses another member of football strength staff

ATHENS — Georgia is losing its second strength coach in a month.

Keith Gray, who has been an assistant on Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff for 13 seasons and worked under three different directors, is leaving to accept a similar job with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“The guy called me on Friday and wanted to know if I was interested in the position,” Gray said Tuesday evening. “He said he wanted me up there but he needed to talk to the GM and the head coach first. He called me back on Monday and formally offered me the job.”

Gray said he accepted the position between “lifting groups” on Monday afternoon and immediately informed current program director Joe Tereshinski.

“He was genuinely happy for me,” said Gray, a former linebacker at Virginia Tech. “Everybody’s just been so great at Georgia. They’ve been happy for me and pulling for me. It’s just been an outpouring of affection people have shown me.”

Gray is the second member of the football team’s strength staff to step down in the past month. John Kasay, who was assisting Tereshinski on a part-time basis last season, went back into retirement after the bowl game. Due to new NCAA legislation limiting the size of staffs, Kasay’s position was going to be eliminated. Gray’s position will have to be filled.

In Philadelphia, Gray will be working under veteran NFL strength trainer Barry Rubin. At Georgia, Gray worked under Eric Fears, Dave Van Halanger and Tereshinski.

“I’ve worked with a bunch of different guys and they all believe a bunch of different things,” Gray said. “So it’s been very educational. I’ve learned a lot.”

Gray said his decision to leave had nothing to do with differences in philosophy or personality conflicts going from Van Halanger to Tereshinski.

“My ultimate goal is to be a head strength coach and those opportunities are so rare,” Gray said. “I love college football, so I never really considered going to the NFL. But after talking to Barry and seeing their facility and talking to some other guys, I started thinking it might not be a bad thing. Having been at Georgia for so long, maybe a different opportunity will help get me closer to my goal.”

In the meantime, no one works closer with Georgia football players during the offseason. He believes the latest group of Bulldogs could be headed toward a special season.

“I actually think they’re going to be really good,” Gray said. “The schedule helps, but the maturity of all those defensive players and coming into their third year of playing that defense, I they’re going to be really good. It looks like they’re going to have a stable of running backs. I think the sky’s the limit for that team. My only regret is I won’t get to be around to be part of it.”

35 comments Add your comment

Top Row Dawg

February 1st, 2012
12:40 am

Go you hairy Dawgs!

Top Row Dawg

February 1st, 2012
12:42 am

Good luck sir with Michael Vick and Company. Thanks for service and loyalty.

ALL the WAY?

February 1st, 2012
12:44 am

GDD

Best of luck to you and your family.

GO DAWGS

Pdx

February 1st, 2012
12:54 am

BiggDawgK

February 1st, 2012
1:25 am

Congrats and good luck Coach Gray. Anyone who has been with Georgia for 13 seasons is definitely a DGD.

childrojc

February 1st, 2012
2:07 am

Bring in Herschel to fill the open spot

A-Ville Ranger

February 1st, 2012
4:11 am

Cutting through the bs, Keith has been miserable working with JT and he couldn’t wait to get away from his old school barking ways.

13-1

February 1st, 2012
4:17 am

Yes, he won’t be; but, he will watch us. And, of course, he is positively right. Chip, very well done sir. Again. It is human nature to want to get to the bottom of the story. I realize this is a learned skill. I appreciate your efforts to the skill. No onward and upward to 1 or 2 more OL. Real close now. Be coming in any moment. I love recruiting. Going to be a special year, for certain. No discussion of what until next year. And, no way to call it a young team 2012. Should be some who look at Keith Gray’s statements after 13 years here, and say hey I’ve got a chance to fit in there and be a part of this 2012. # 6. Really start out # 6 Phil Steele says we will. With this schedule ? With these holes filled in recruiting already ? We have a very special opportunity, and were I a kid again, wishing and hoping, wanting – I would see this as the place to be in 2 hours.

Awake yet this morning ?

Still thinking ?

Are you an OL ?

Maybe a DB ?

Maybe other positions on Defense and want a head-start on the class we obviously get to replace the entire defense after 2012 ? It’s a 14-game season in The SEC; you’ll play plenty enough to show everything you want here, sir.

I won’t say the word, but I will tell you Keith Gray knows

“The sky’s the limit.”

13-1

February 1st, 2012
4:27 am

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

February 1st, 2012
7:41 am

Now, get the Eagles to call Terishinski and get somebody in there that actually knows something about anatomy and physiology.

Just saying: Anybody watch the 4th quarter of our games this past season? GASSED

Watch Alabama’s? Could go 6 quarters.

These are facts.

senor dawg

February 1st, 2012
7:54 am

I’d almost like to have Thomas Brown over Tereshinski. At least Brown knows what its like to play 4 quarters in the last 5 years

HighHopes

February 1st, 2012
8:24 am

Doesn’t our illustrious school offer a degree in kinesiology? Do they ever take field trips to learn more? Say from other S&C programs or the NFL or somewhere? Why can’t they “assist” in the weigh rooms as part of their degree? Like a lab. You could triple the assistants with free labor.

RJ

February 1st, 2012
8:26 am

It is a great opportunity and we all should wish him the best also a great opportunity to give an up and comer a fantastic chance to make their mark.

cursive

February 1st, 2012
9:19 am

Thanks for your years here and good luck to you in the future! You are and always will be a DGD!

WtfWruthnkn

February 1st, 2012
9:52 am

The defense was were
because the offense sucked

safe travels

February 1st, 2012
10:44 am

Hey, this guy gave us 13 seasons and helped UGA win a couple of SEC titles, a few Sugar Bowls, and a lot of great moments. Let’s thank him for his work and loyalty, and wish him the best in the NFL. A guy like that will be missed.

The Diesel

February 1st, 2012
10:48 am

Good uck Coach Gray.Now will someone PLEASE offer Joe T a position.Maybe then UGA will get a qualified,on the cutting edge S&C coach

BigGAdawg

February 1st, 2012
11:24 am

Coach, I wish you much success. I’m not going to wish you luck because I don’t think that has anything to do with your success. Hard work is what got you there. Hope you make it back to UGA someday.

Jonk

February 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

Good luck and be successful we’ll miss you, thank you for your service at Uga and you know Thomas Brown will move up taking gray spot or they might get somebody outside?

DawgSTILE

February 1st, 2012
12:53 pm

The word on the streets is that this guy had a chance to work at the pro level with one of the best. Joe T is well liked but has a rep. for being very old school in his methods. Think Larry Munson -Vince Dooley. These young guys know the old way ends up being the highway cause you can’t hang with teams like Bama, Tech and Auburn. Those guys know how to push metal. The Jackets have to learn how to turn muscle into wins!

abe lincoln

February 1st, 2012
1:27 pm

Do you think the head coach is going to address the issue of the strength staff not being trained in there profession. What is the reasoning behind what we are doing with the strength and conditioning program ?

dawginLEX

February 1st, 2012
1:55 pm

Joe T has got to go. I’ve heard several top OL recruits have dropped ga off their lists because of him. These young kids know it’s about TECHnique, and reps, not just how much you can bench. Joe needs to fade to retirement before we loose more 4-5 star recruits to Bama and the like.

DGD

February 1st, 2012
3:23 pm

Apparently Gray had all of the major certifications, and certainly has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Word has it he was a helluva lifter when he played at VT, and the players would run thru a wall for him. We need ass kickers like that! He will be missed.

how2fish

February 1st, 2012
3:56 pm

Best of Luck Coach ! Thanks for all your hard work…DGD!

WDE

February 1st, 2012
3:57 pm

@DawgSTILE have you lost your mind…not hang with Tech or Auburn?? WTF we beat hell out of both of them for 4 quarters!

chuck

February 1st, 2012
4:34 pm

It is obvious that UGA still has a major problem with its S&C program. There isn’t an emphasis on “explosion” and that’s a major flaw. Joe T. can administer a given program but I don’t think he can create the program. UGA still ran out of gas in the second half of several games including the first two and last two which were the 4 losses. I hope after Keith Gray spends some time in Philly that he comes back and helps reorganize our S&C program.

MaconKnight

February 1st, 2012
5:34 pm

Bring in Randall Godfrey and Rennie Currian two DGD’s

Go Dawgs

February 1st, 2012
6:04 pm

@MaconKnight So you suggest bringing in two individuals with no formal education in Kinesiology because they are great athletes? I have a B.S. in exercise science as well as a M.Ed. in Kinesiology as well as certified by the NSCA and USA-W and I am young strength and conditioning coach at the college level. I have worked with individuals that were “strength coaches” because they were great lifters, great athletes, and excel at motivating players. That works great for about a few months until the players realize the coach does not know what he is doing and they stop believing in his programming. “Do this workout because it is what I did when I was playing and look at what level I played at” only goes so far. Athletes can see through coaches when they do not know have the education to explain why they should do a particular workout.

secone

February 1st, 2012
6:54 pm

Why don’t we offer coach Gray the head position and let the Eagles have Tereshinski?

Smitty

February 1st, 2012
7:26 pm

Go Dawgs…sounds like you know what you are talking about. thanks for post

RED DOG 77

February 2nd, 2012
12:56 am

Good luck to coach Gray. This is an important position, and one that frankly needs to be filled yesterday……….as off-season weight training and conditioning is critical when you’re tied with Alabama in the SEC title game next december, they have the ball on our 45yd line, and there is one minute ten seconds left in the game……………..Fill the position! and fill it with the best available!……………………GATA………..RED

SLCDawg

February 2nd, 2012
2:38 am

Enter your comments here

dawginLEX

February 2nd, 2012
7:25 am

Thanks for taking the bait “WDE”.

Old School

February 3rd, 2012
11:28 am

If you were a real UGA fan you would realize that Coach T just took over the S&C in the past couple of years, it is a work in progress to get the current players to buy into what it means to REALLY work hard. These athletes now-a-days have no idea, Run 2 plays, raise their hand for the ” come get me out” sign. Funny how Coach T and Coach K were the same coaches that coached many many championship teams that WERENT “Gassed” in the 4th quarter. Once these players buy into him, they will be in shape, OLD SCHOOL STYLE!

Jay

February 3rd, 2012
2:27 pm