One of the most important facilities on the Clemson athletic landscape is the strength training facility. Located in the Jervey Athletic Center, it has continued to keep up with one of the most progressive areas in college sports. Head Strength Training Coach Joey Batson, who is in his tenth year as Clemson’s director, makes sure Clemson student-athletes in all sports are ready for competition physically.
In the summer of 2004, he oversaw a third major facility enhancement. When he came to Clemson, the facility covered 11,000 square feet. It has continued to grow and now covers nearly 15,000 square feet. It is one of the most modern all-around facilities in the country.
The following improvements were made in the summer of 2004:
The plush atmosphere provides an interesting contrast to the physical exertion that takes place within the facility. When a Tiger student- athlete enters the etched-glass doors, he or she is greeted by nearly $700,000 worth of equipment that is state-of-the-art.
The seven plasma televisions are positioned throughout the facility and are used for training and instruction, as Tiger strength coaches film athletes and work with them on their form to make the athlete as strong as possible.
Clemson has a staff of four full-time coaches, four graduate assistant coaches, and numerous student assistant coaches who ensure a Tiger receives as much individual attention as possible. Training programs are position specific, and are designed to meet the specific needs of each student-athlete.
Batson is one of the most highly-regarded strength coaches in the country. In his seven years directing the Tiger program, he has coached 10 strength All-Americans. He is a major reason Clemson has been to a bowl in six of his seven years leading the program. His assistants have gone on to successful opportunities within the profession, as seven of his assistants at Clemson are now strength training directors at NFL or college programs.
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