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Stanford's Shannon Turley: 'There's nothing I'd rather do with my time'

Players and coaches come and go in college football. In order to truly change a culture of a program, your strength and conditioning coordinator has to understand the needs of your program and how to develop a culture. 

As an article in the Stanford Daily pointed out yesterday, Stanford's Shannon Turley, our 2011 FootballScoop Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, is that guy.

The article, which we highly recommend reading, talks about Turley's knack for finding the most efficient way of doing things, how he began to change the culture at Stanford, and the meaning behind Stanford's unofficial team motto of "becoming a technician".

One interesting nugget in the article points out that in order to get the Cardinal players to buy into the staff's vision in his first year on campus, they literally banned the team from saying "I", "me", or "my". That was meant to not only change the attitude of football in Palo Alto, but to also teach self discipline, which starts in the weight room and permeates onto the field on Saturdays.

The last sentence of the article really illustrates why Turley is so highly respected in the business and so valuable to Stanford.

“I’ve gotten to be a part of great teams and got to know some great people and I love what I do, so it’s not really a job, it’s not really work to me — there’s nothing else I would rather do with my time than this.”

When you find a strength coach that would rather do nothing else with his time than mold guys into the best players, or "technicians", that they can be physically and mentally, hold on to them. They get it.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.