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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #264: Lew Caralla "Love First"


Lewis Caralla was tabbed as the new football head strength and conditioning coach prior to the 2018 season. Caralla brings a wealth of experience from programs such as Michigan, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and most recently Lousiana-Lafayette.

Caralla comes to Buffalo from Louisiana-Lafayette where he spent the last two years as the director of strength and conditioning. Prior to Caralla's arrival at Lousiana-Lafayette, the team finished 4-8. In his first season with the Ragin' Cajuns, the team went to the 2016 New Orleans Bowl.

Caralla was the director of strength and conditioning at North Texas in 2015. Prior to his stint with the Mean Green, Caralla spent three seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Michigan. He also served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State and Georgia Tech.

Following his graduation from Defiance College, where he was an all-conference running back and team most valuable player, Caralla served as an intern strength coach at both Virginia and USF as well as a graduate position at Mississippi State. He earned a master's degree in kinesiology from Mississippi in 2010.

He is certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (SCCC), the United States Weightlifting Federation and the American Red Cross.

Caralla and his wife, Lori, have a son, Marshall and a daughter, Ali.


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.

  • Interviewing his players when taking over a new program.

  • Making hard work exciting.

  • Living what you say.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

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

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