Athens, GA - Joe Tereshinski, who will take over as the director of the strength program for the Georgia football program on Jan. 1, stressed tradition, technology and nutrition during a conference call with the media Friday.
A former Bulldog player and long-time strength and conditioning assistant and video coordinator, Tereshinksi said he is excited about the tremendous opportunity.
“I’ve been here a long time and worked with different strength coaches and helped train teams, and I want to thank Coach (Mark) Richt for the opportunity,” said Tereshinski. “I also want to thank the position coaches that supported me for this and thank Coach (Dave) Van Halanger. He is the second winningest strength coach of all time. I’ve learned a lot over the years from strength coaches, I’ve been to other colleges, attended seminars, been to the convention every year and seen how people train. It gives you a broader base. I want to thank my mentors that have taught me how to train young men.
“I know this is a tremendous responsibility, and I am very committed to it,” Tereshinski added. “There is a brief window that these young men have in their college careers when they have to train their bodies. It is important to them, it’s important to the school and what football represents. We have to get them to the point where they can learn, perform and compete with whom they are playing against. I also understand the responsibility to the Bulldog nation. I’m committed to it, seven days a week.
“I know the kids, know the SEC, and have been around it all my life,” he added. “I’ve played in the SEC; I’ve been on the sidelines for 30 years. I’ve been a video coordinator so I watch our opponents four, five, six times, and then watch them again on game days. I see who is winning the battle. I understand our kids. I’ve seen every play in practice and games and have an understanding of the team.”
Tereshinski said he met with the team at 6 a.m., and his first message to them was to get ready for the bowl game. Georgia’s current strength and conditioning staff will handle the bowl preparations. Meanwhile, he will put together a program that stresses nutrition including monitoring what the student-athletes eat daily and will video workouts.