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B-CU Head Football Coach Brian Jenkins and Director of Strength and Conditioning Medgar Harrison
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Q&A: Medgar Harrison

Courtesy: BCUathletics.com           Release: 09/07/2012

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A victory like Bethune-Cookman's 38-28 comeback over Alabama State in the MEAC/SWAC may be a pinnacle for a Strength and Conditioning Coach such as Bethune-Cookman's Medgar Harrison.

Conditioning was cited as one of the key reasons B-CU was able to erase a 21-0 deficit and take control in the second half of a game played in the afternoon sun. Harrison was invited by Head Football Coach Brian Jenkins to take part in the post-game trophy presentation.

So what goes on when it comes to strength and conditioning without giving away trade secrets, here's Director of Strength and Conditioning Medgar Harrison.

Just how cool was Sunday for you?

It was pretty exciting to see success ... to see the joy in players' faces and have them come thank me afterwards. They were excited about how all the things we do - Chaos, the mind games - worked.

Have you ever seen the results of your work displayed like they were?

During last year, I saw things unfold I never saw professionally, like at the Florida Classic, where we were in better condition as the season progressed. By the time of that game, we were hitting full stride and ready for a Playoff run.

How long does it take to get an athlete in condition?

It's a lifestyle. I preach on a daily basis that you have to live, believe and breathe what you do. Passion breeds success.

So if someone came in as a complete disaster, you just can't say "Ah, give me a couple of weeks?"

Each player is different. That's one of the great things about athletics. Do they have the toughness to handle the physical mindset or the mental mindset to make it to the weight room and have that translate to excellent play on the field.

So how do you measure success?

I gauge success on how players deal with adversity. My job is to actually place a player in the most adverse situation without a ball. Winter conditioning, spring training, the gruesome 10-week program over the summer. It's all about changing the mindset of the players. It showed on Sunday.

You keep stats?

We keep training maxes as well as fill other measurable variables.

You've been able to do an entire interview without spilling any secrets. Are there any?

We're not doing anything that hasn't been done before. It's the way we teach the players and get the most out of people each day.

       
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