Thursday, March 9, 2017
A Little Training History
Boyd Epley the legendary University of Nebraska strength coach is universally credited for his seminal role in creating the phenomenon of the strength and conditioning program in college football. He was the first full-time paid strength coach in history, Epley is also arguably the single most important individual in the history of strength and conditioning in college athletics. He pioneered training techniques and lifts; developed exercises, equipment and evaluation tests; organized strength coaches; and, in doing so, literally lifted strength and conditioning out of the shadows and into the year-round spotlight that is the millennial, media-saturated, modern incarnation of college football.
Before Epley was hired by celebrated Cornhuskers coach and athletic director Bob Devaney in September 1969, strength and conditioning on a team and program-wide level, as well as the concepts of in-season workouts and summer conditioning, was non-existent.
In essence, a scene almost unrecognizable from what one sees at the ol' alma mater today: scores of student-athletes training together in grand, gleaming, campus cathedrals encompassing tens of thousands of square feet and filled with state-of-the-art weight and cardiovascular equipment.