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Weight Room Results Benefit Flames on the Field

August 6, 2011
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Once Liberty held its annual spring football game on April 18, the squad shifted its focus to offseason workouts, a period of time that is voluntary by NCAA requirements.

Just a few years ago, attendance at the offseason optional workouts was sparse. However, the continual effort of head coach Danny Rocco to chance the culture around the Liberty Football program has spurred a new thought pattern in his players, one that has his players thinking football is a year-round sport.

Last summer, head strength and conditioning coach Bill Gillespie had an average of 68.5 players per optional workout, topping out once with 72 players at one particular sessions.

During the past three months, Gillespie says he averaged 90-plus players per workout with one session having as many as 101 players preparing for the 2011 season in the 16,000-square foot weight room of the Williams Football Operations Center.

Gillespie's efforts have certainly paid dividends for the Flames. While some teams fade during the latter part of the season, Gillespie's offseason conditioning program is geared toward keeping Liberty fresh and health deep into November.

During the first five seasons under Rocco, the Flames have posted a combined 13-3 record during the month of November, winning games by an average of 17.13 points per game.