Elitefts SPP: Ross Bowsher Interview
Published March 25, 2015
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    Ross Bowsher, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Arkansas Tech University

    Topics in this Interview

    How Ross got started in the profession
    Networking through powerlifting
    Mentors that allow their assistants to grow
    "You can make it other ways"
    Training is training no matter where you are
    Motivating athletes: "You have to want to have to train”
    Running a DI program at the DII level
    Why hasn’t small schools adapted this model?
    Trusting your assistant by trusting who they learned from
    Velocity based training
    Using Force plate to determine strength & speed qualities
    Weak point training at the highest level
    Brian Mann is the man using VBT for preparedness
    Knowing your athletes: jousting preparedness by bar speed
    Developing high force at slower speeds
    Differences in technique based on body types
    From Charlie Francis to Dwayne Carlisle; From the weight room to the field.
    The speed work and the weight room are married
    Working with Throwers
    Weak Point training with throwers
    The Law of Individual differences
    You have to survive it to be great at it
    The best of advice for young coaches? Compete
    I am my best coach when I was training
    If you have not pushed yourself, these kids do not believe you
    Three things to learn from Johnny Parker
    Harold Nash Moses Cabrera Box Squat
    Max Effort DL with Pat Ivy
    This does happen if you do not live the life

    The Ross Bowsher File

    Ross Bowsher, who has spent the last nine years as a strength and conditioning coach at the Division I level, has been selected as the first Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Arkansas Tech University, announced Director of Athletics Steve Mullins on Tuesday.

    Bowsher, who most recently served as Sports Performance Assistant at Big Ten member Purdue University, will officially begin his duties at Arkansas Tech on July 1.

    "We are excited to have Ross join the Tech family and serve as the leader of our strength and conditioning program," said Mullins. "The addition of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program will benefit all of our student-athletes and programs here at Arkansas Tech, and we are confident that the knowledge and expertise that Ross brings to this position will help prepare our student-athletes for great success in competition."

    At Arkansas Tech, Bowsher will be responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for Tech's 10 sports programs and nearly 300 student-athletes, designing and implementing strength and conditioning plans for all of the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns athletic teams.

    "I feel privileged to be at Arkansas Tech," said Bowsher. "I feel like I've worked under two of the best strength coaches in the nation in coach Jim Peal and coach Duane Carlisle. I spent time at Purdue under coach Carlisle building a sports performance program from the ground up that is considered one of the nation's best, and I'm excited to bring what I learned under both coaches to Arkansas Tech."
    Bowsher has served as the Sports Performance Assistant at Purdue from 2011-14, where he oversaw the sports performance programs for baseball and the track and field throwers while assisting with football. Previously, he spent 2005-2011 at Butler University on the staff of veteran strength and conditioning coach Jim Peal, who worked with four national championship teams, four Final Four squads, and one FCS national championship team in football.

    Prior to joining the staff at Butler, Bowsher served as the Associate Director of Sports Performance at Athlete's Edge in Indianapolis from 2003-05.

    Bowsher received an associate's degree in health and human performance from Vincennes University in 2001, before completing the NSCA 18-credit hour certification program in 2004 from IUPUI. In 2008, he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Indianapolis. He is currently certified through the CSCCa.

    He played baseball at both Vincennes and the University of Tennessee-Martin.

    Bowsher has attained elite powerlifting totals in both the 242 and 275 weight classes, and is a member of the International Powerlifting Association and American Powerlifting Federation. He is currently in the top 50 in the world Power Lifting USA rankings in the squat and deadlift, and is in the top 100 in the bench press.            

    Courtesy Arkansas Tech University


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