Coach Blayne Lapan Graduated from Springfield College in 2012 with a B.S. in Applied Exercise Science and a concentration is Strength and Conditioning. After graduation he spent some time working as a Physical Therapy Aide as well as training athletes in the private sector at Conca Sport and Fitness in West Springfield Ma. In the fall of 2013 Coach Lapan accepted the newly developed position of Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at the Williston Northampton School, where he along with one of his mentors, Justin Geyer started the strength and conditioning program from the ground up. In the winter of 2013-2014, Coach Lapan accepted the role as the new head of strength and conditioning at the Williston Northampton School, where he continued to build upon the framework of the program into what it is today.
In his 8 years at Williston coach Lapan has had the opportunity of training many stand out student athletes. Including 6 future professional athletes across a multitude of different sports, over 120 division 1 and division 2 scholarship athletes, and countless Division 3 athletes. He has been apart of a program at Williston where, on average, 20% of its senior class will go on to play college athletics. This is well above the national average of 7% of high school seniors who will move on to play at the next level.
Coach Lapan uses an evidence-based approach to train his athletes a primary goal of injury prevention. Simultaneously he works to improve the strength, power, and movement quality of his athletes to help them improve athletically and ultimately reach their goals on the playing surface.
Coach Lapan takes pride in the fact that he coaches the “whole athlete”. He realizes that strength and conditioning as well as athletics is an excellent vessel for teaching kids about the challenges that life will bring him. He strives to teach his athletes the power of commitment, work ethic, leadership and health and fitness. He realizes that everyone, regardless of there skill level, will have a life after athletics and the life lessons learned under the barbell can be indelible for a developing athlete.
In this Episode of Barbell Shrugged:
- In season training to keep athletes strong and healthy.
- Off season training and how it differs from in season
- How to get full teams through a program with limited space and equipment
- Why the weight room is the best place to build good humans
- Overcoming barriers with women in the weight room
- Injury prevention and keeping athletes strong and healthy
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Loved this episode. I’m a high school strength coach for sprinters and jumpers. I always stress to the kids that the goal of work in the weight room is to make them better at the track. I started working w just our freshmen a couple years ago to really teach the movements. They’re rocking it now! We’re headed to indoor states Monday, and we’re looking for the championship for girls and boys!