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IGCT Episode #246: Matt Durant "Can't Be Grumpy"



Bio

Matt Durant is the Director of Strength & Conditioning at the University of La Verne. Coach Durant has been at La Verne since the fall of 2002. From 2004-2005 Coach Durant was the assistant strength coach at College of the Canyons working under Robert Dos Remedios. From 2001-2002 Coach Durant was an assistant strength coach and football coach at Wingate University. Coach Durant started coaching at College of the Canyons from 1998-2001.


At La Verne coach Durant has over 500+ student and student athletes that he is directly responsible for and 19 sport teams. He is also an adjunct professor in the Kinesiology department and teaches upper division classes. He has developed curriculum in the department for students to get into the strength & conditioning profession. Coach Durant also is an adjunct professor at Mount San Antonino College Kinesiology department.


Coach Durant was the first ever strength coach at La Verne. He has grown the department from 2 platforms and random equipment to 16 platforms over80+ KB’s and more tools at his disposal than any other D3 school in the country. He oversees a staff that has 1 GA and anywhere from 5-10 interns depending on the time of the year. Along with the college, Coach Durant has trained and also trains multiple MMA athletes, Pro Athletes and Olympian Tae Kwon Do athletes. When Coach Durant is not working he is spending as much time as he can with his two boys, Lance-John and his two dogs Duke and Whiskey. Coach Durant’s hobbies are centered around his kids and surfing. He loves to travel and surf! In January 2018 Coach Durant was named NSPA National Strength Coach of the Year.



In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • Challenges of starting a program from scratch.

  • Positives and negatives of Division 3.

  • Being a single Dad, and raising his two boys around the weight room.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.



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