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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #277: Pete McLean "No Quick Fixes"


Pete has been coaching athletic performance and strength and conditioning for 30 yrs Masters degree in Clinical Exercise physiology (1984) Began playing Rugby in college and continued playing men's premier level club rugby for 25 years - instrumental in developing my curiosity in athletic performance Started career in the commercial fitness industry - Worked in numerous health and fitness clubs, this is where i began to develop my training philosophy Worked as performance director for 5 Star Basketball camps for 10 yrs Began developing and running speed camps for college and high school athletes in the early 90’s

Started Speed Wins in 1994 - a speed development program focused primarily on high school athletes. We traveled around the country directing 3 day speed camps for sports clubs and high school sports programs Began coaching Track at Ridgefield High School and soon after began coaching Football also.

In 2000 the coaches and booster club at Ridgefield High School cited a need to implement a full fledged strength program so we designed a facility, raised the funds to purchase the equipment and built the Tiger Hollow Strength and conditioning center. It has expanded twice over the last 17 years and we have upgraded our equipment a few times over our evolution. We started the program with about 10 football athletes, now we work with all of the varsity teams and coach about 300 kids per season.

Certs - NSCA CSCS, American College of Sports Medicine: Exercise Specialist, CPT w/ enhanced qualifications, USA Weightlifting: Club Coach USA Rugby, level 300, World Rugby Level 200 cert.


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.

  • Long Term Athletic Development.

  • Speed and movement development for High School athletes.

  • How to help your athletes with the recruiting process.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

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

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