Elitefts SPP: Cory Schlesinger Interview
Published May 1, 2015
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    Cory Schlesinger

    Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement for men's basketball

    University of Alabama-Birmingham

    Topics Covered in this Podcast

    1.  The Nautilus Checklist
    2. A Strength Coach at age 19
    3. Intern to Director
    4. The advantage of being an assistant
    5. General and Foundational Strength
    6. Noon ball to a new job
    7. The Coyote Kettlebell Club with Dan John
    8. Primal Movements - Motor Skills
    9. Movement for Body Awareness
    10. Complexes for multiple modalities
    11. Assessments for basketball players
    12. Joint by Joint from the ground up
    13. Don't need to be a genius to see dysfunction
    14. Modifications by height
    15. Olympic Lifting Variations for taller players
    16. Multiple squat variations
    17. the Wingspan Phenomena; Training Spiders
    18. Off-Season = Should be most variation
    19. Changes in the culture of Basketball
    20. Physicality can dictate the way players play
    21. The beauty of the younger sport coach
    22. The Southern culture in basketball
    23. Players are not education and it's not their fault
    24. Technology in sports performance
    25. Technology reinforces what you already know
    26. How weight training can turn into regeneration
    27. Experience beats technology
    28. Perceived maxes based on velocity: Fast and Smooth
    29. Programming  strength training in-season
    30. Off-Season Training
    31. Linear periodization using RPE
    32. Olympic Complex
    33. Conditioning throw extensive complexes and sled work
    34. Key to communications need to be transparent
    35. Find the universal language
    36. Mentoring
    37. Learning how to learn
    38. Identify how others learn
    39. Feel to replicate
    40. Give credit where credit is due
    41. How to reach Cory.

    The Cory Schlesinger File

    Cory Schlesinger is an Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement to work with the Blazers' men's basketball program along with the men's golf program.

    "Coming to UAB is a dream job and it is a destination," Schlesinger said. "Mainly because I get to work specifically with Coach Jerod Haase. I believe in Coach Haase, and I believe that he will win and win at a high level."

    Schlesinger served a pair of internships at the University of North Carolina, in 2008 and 2009, while Haase was an assistant coach on Roy Williams' staff with the Tar Heels.

    “Cory’s knowledge for strength and conditioning is something that I love,” Haase said. “He is always trying to learn and grow as a coach, but what he brings with his knowledge is what already really sets him apart from others. He is young and energetic like the rest of our staff and will fit right in.  We have a chance to be really good in a lot of different ways and I think strength and conditioning is in good shape.”

    Schlesinger plans to not only get the Blazers' men's basketball players in best possible shape for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign, but also have their bodies ready for the long, grueling season.

    "One of my major goals is to impact the team in the offseason but also in season, when traveling with the team on the road," Schlesinger said. "Whether it be training, nutrition, supplementation or regeneration sessions, I want the guys recovered and ready for the next game."

    Schlesinger, a native of Hillsville, Va., spent the last three years as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Santa Clara University, working with student-athletes on the men's and women's basketball teams.

    Prior to joining the staff at Santa Clara, Schlesinger spent time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition, he was a sports nutritionist for the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) along with being a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and also earned certification in United States Weightlifting.

    Schlesinger earned his master's degree in education with a concentration in exercise science at Campbell University in 2011. During his time as a graduate assistant, he worked with the volleyball, men's soccer, swimming and diving, golf and tennis programs, while also assisting with football.

    A former basketball player at Berea College in Berea, Ky., Schlesinger graduated with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in exercise science and sports medicine in 2009. During his time as an undergraduate, Schlesinger completed a pair of internships at Wake Forest in 2007 under strength coach Ethan Reeve and a pair of internships at North Carolina in 2008 and 2009.

    At UNC he worked under strength coach Jonas Sahratian where he helped train the men's basketball team.

    "None of my experiences and I would not be where I am at today without Coach Jonas Sahratian," Schlesinger said. "He's my mentor and biggest influence and I owe everything to him for helping and guiding me."


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