Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Get to Know Your Coach: Alec White

AGSP athletes get to work with the area's best sports performance coaches. Get to know Coach Alec better and what advice he has for athletes.

Our athletes know you as Coach Alec White, what does Coach Alec like to do outside of making athletes better?
In my spare time I enjoy working out, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and playing video games.

How did you get started working with athletes?
I realized I enjoyed working with athletes when I began training my friends in high school and college. I began training my friend and then it spread to two underclassmen as well. Both of which were all-league as seniors in 2014, in addition to one of them being an all-state selection.

Based on your experience, what is the one, biggest physical skill that today's athlete lacks? How do you address that need?
Flexibility, not in terms of stretching, but being able to move fluently. That is so crucial in today’s world of sports. Flexibility is the one thing I constantly had to work on throughout my career. Being able to open up my hips helped me get away from being robotic. I think doing exercises with a full range of motion and not taking shortcuts can best address the problem. Another solution is for athletes to take more time to stretch and cool down post workout. Lastly, I think beginning yoga helped me a ton during my athletic career.

You have a lot of personal athletic experience, how has your experience as a football player helped your current athletes?
I think my experience as a collegiate football player allows me to give better feedback to the current athletes because I have experienced the good and bad and have most likely been in there shoes in some way, shape, or form. Also, I know the work and effort it takes to make it to the next level.

What do you like most about working with athletes?
I really enjoy giving back to athletes, because I know I was in there shoes before. I really enjoy being in the atmosphere around athletes and the competitive nature that I see in younger athletes; it makes working with them a lot easier.

What advice would you give today's athlete?
Work hard!!!! You don’t get to the next level or where you want to be without putting in the work first. If you don’t someone else will work harder than you and take what you wanted.

Thanks Coach Alec for all your great coaching!

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