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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #266: Ted Perlak "Everyplace Has Problems"


Ted Perlak was named head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Delaware in May, 2014. He was promoted to the position of assistant athletic director for strength & conditioning in March, 2015 and earned the title of assistant athletic director for sports performance/head strength and conditioning coach in January, 2017. In July 2018, Ted was named Associate Athletic director for Sports Performance/head Strength and Conditioning coach.

At Delaware, Perlak is responsible for oversight of all operations of the strength and conditioning department, including staff supervision, budget management, facility maintenance, and administrative duties. Working in unison with Senior Associate AD for Health, Well-Being, and Sports Performance Eric Laudano, Perlak works with specific sports in developing the physical strength, endurance, flexibility and agility of Delaware's athletes. He designs programs customized to each sport's specific needs, oversees maintenance of the varsity weight training facilities, and works closely with the Sports Performance team in enhancing the overall health and wellness for sport programs and student-athletes. His primary role is working with the UD men's basketball program with secondary duties with women's basketball and baseball. “It's a great honor to be named the head strength & conditioning coach at the University of Delaware,” said Perlak when accepting the role. “During the interview process I had the opportunity to see the vision of the administration and it is something I'm excited to be a part of. The opportunity to work with so many great coaches makes this 100 percent a place my family and I want to be.”

Perlak most recently worked as strength &?conditioning coach at Colonial Athletic Association foe Elon (N.C.) University in 2013-14 where he oversaw a 17-sport program, including football. Perak previously spent eight seasons at Fordham University, including the final six as the head strength and conditioning coach. While at the Bronx, N.Y. school, he worked closely with the football, basketball, soccer, softball, and track and field teams. Prior to his stint at Fordham, Perlak served as the director of strength and conditioning at Iona College for two years. While at Iona, he was responsible for the design, implementation and coaching of all varsity athletic programs. He also supervised and organized staff participation in off-season and preseason workout sessions. Perlak served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2004 where he designed and executed the strength and conditioning program. He was also responsible for off-season and preseason workouts. Perlak has been involved with the United States Olympic Training Center, serving as a strength and conditioning resident intern from January until May of 2004. In that role he assisted the staff in developing and implementing programs for Olympic, Olympic hopefuls, Pan-American, and Paralympic individual athletes and national teams.

A 2001 graduate of Worcester (Mass.) State College, Perlak was a four-year starter and two-time captain with the football team before earning a bachelor's degree in health science with a concentration in exercise science. Following a year in which he served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at his alma mater, Perlak worked at Temple University as an assistant and earned his master's degree in sport administration there in 2004. A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Perlak and his wife, Christine, have a daughter, Rueby Mae.


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.

  • Sports performance team collaboration.

  • Having consistency within the S&C department.

  • How to acclimate athletes when they arrive to campus.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

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

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