Outside the Lanes: Rick Danison
Jan. 23, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind – In the latest episode of Outside the Lanes, Kelsie Ahbe caught up with Rick Danison, Director of Strength and Conditioning to talk about his background, training philosophies and enthusiasm for his work.
Rick is in his sixth year at Indiana and his third season as director of strength and conditioning. He has worked with more than 50 All-Americans, four national champions, 13 Big Ten champions (one team) and one Olympic medalist.
• A former all-conference football player and team captain at Ohio Northern University, where he earned a B.A. in exercise physiology, health and physical education.
• Served as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008-09.
• In 2009, Danison worked as an NFL Combine performance specialist with Ignition Athletic Performance Group. His program was ranked among the top 10 Combine training programs in the country.
• Completed his graduate work in exercise science and coaching education from Ohio University.
• Rick and his wife, Michelle, reside in Spencer with their daughter, Kynnlee (4) and son, Coy (2).
On the difference between working with pro and college athletes:
“What I like about college is that it’s still genuine. The development I get out of 17 or 18 year-olds, all the way through 22 or 23 is amazing. The way someone looks or performs in their senior years is no where close to when they came in as a freshman.”
On the transition from high school to college with lifting programs:
“With track & field I have more time. There will be six weeks where as freshman we hardly lift any weight. It’s all instructional and based on technique, which is very important.”
On how you coordinate track & field with so many different event groups:
“It can be crazy. You essentially have six different teams in one. I enjoy it. It was a great challenge at first. I try to change the variables a little bit as far as volume at different times of the year. Pole vault trains a little different than sprints and jumps and sprints and jumps train a lot different than the distance kids.”
On how he gets the student-athletes motivated to work:
“I’m in my truck at 5:00 a.m. and slugging down 40 ounces of coffee, excited for the day. With me, I love what I do, so it’s pretty easy to be excited. Enthusiasm is infectious. If you don’t believe in your program it is going to be glaringly apparent to the athletes. I know what we do works, it’s a good system and we have had a lot of success with it. I never have any doubts.”
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