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No such thing as an off-season - part one

No off-season under Sark (K. Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

As coaches, for years and years we felt like we beat many teams with our off-season conditioning and running program. Our data convinced us that even the already fast kids got faster during their 4-5 years at Washington, and that every single kid got considerably stronger. We considered ourselves a 'blue collar' and 'work-ethic' program.

We believed that we earned the right to win because we worked harder than other teams in the off-season. It meant extra sacrifices on the kids' part, with no summer vacations and literally a year-round commitment to football. We knew much of the success we had in wins and losses was due to the hundreds of hours those kids put in the weight room. Rick Huegli was the weight and strength coach for...

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