May 31, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Two weeks ago at the site of Utah’s two biggest postseason wins in the Larry Krystkowiak era, a gathering of about 100 strength and conditioning coaches from all across the nation met at the Mendenhall Center on UNLV’s campus for a seminar geared to help everyone involved.
“It started out as something out of necessity,” Utah strength and conditioning coach Charles Stephenson said. “In 2008, everything in terms of strength and conditioning seemed to be catering to football. I thought that the guys working with basketball could benefit from something similar. This whole thing has just developed into something I couldn’t even think about when we started.”
Stephenson, known as “Rock” by members of the athletic department and his student-athletes, joined the Utah men's basketball staff as the first basketball-specific strength coach in the program's history. His 25 years of experience as a strength coach at the Division 1 level helped him create this event.
“This symposium involves strength and conditioning coaches from all over the county,” Stephenson said. We also have some professional coaches here to get their input. It’s just a great way to exchange information. We have coaches helping other coaches and the partnerships and cooperation here between everyone involved has really made this event thrive.”
Stephenson spoke at the symposium, along with panel speakers that included Kansas’ Andrea Hudy, Baylor’s Charlie Melton and VCU’s Daniel Roose, whose work to prepare players for the Rams’ “Havoc” full-court press is far from traditional.
Stephenson’s vision for the event has grown and after wrapping up a sixth year, he talked about the event’s atmosphere.
“We are mindful of setting the right tone,” Stephenson said. “We set it up like a team practice and tell the kids, you may come from a big-time school, but there are no big-timers here. Everyone gets recognized and paid attention to. Everyone has a voice.”
You can sign up for Stephenson's Utah Stregnth Camp by clicking on the link at the top of the page. The camps will be held on various dates in June and July.