Video: 'Charlie Strong's Journey'
- by Zach Barnett 6 months ago
Longhorn Network put together a very nice featurette on new head coach Charlie Strong. Of course, when you're running a 24/7 network devoted to one school, you should be together nice featurettes on your new head football coach.
Digging deep back into Strong's biography, the feature picks up on Strong as a young graduate assistant getting his first full-time job at Southern Illinois in 1986. "He was very in control, which impressed me," said Al Preston, Southern Illinois' wide receivers and defensive backs coach at the time, of meeting Strong for the first time.
Strong considers Lou Holtz one of his greatest coaching mentors. He worked under Holtz as his defensive line coach at Notre Dame from 1995-96, and then as his defensive coordinator from 1999-01. The respect quickly became mutual between the two. "Charlie handled problems before they came up," said Holtz. "So many times an assistant coach will come running, 'What do you think I ought to do here and here and here? Charlie did. Charlie would come to you and say, 'This was a problem. Here's what I did. Does this meet with your satisfaction?' And invariably it always did."
From there, Strong's eventual path to Austin is well known. Eight years as Florida's defensive coordinator, four years as Louisville's head coach and now he's the subject of LHN features. But with great behind-the-scenes footage, the video provides a great testimony to those who only know him as Urban Meyer's former assistant and Teddy Bridgewater's former coach.