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July 2, 2009
KMAN Q&A: Scott Greenawalt
Didn't get a chance to catch Scott Greenawalt on the radio? That's OK. The GoPowercat.com staff listened in as the Kansas State basketball head strength and conditioning coach appeared on 1350 KMAN's "The Game" on Thursday. Always entertaining and armed with his dry wit, Greenawalt's interview was definitely worth a reprint. Among the topics, Greenawalt talks about making players' legs burn and discusses his favorite fireworks entering the Fourth of July weekend.
Matt Walters: Scott Greenawalt, it's a pleasure, please don't break us in half this afternoon because we know that's what you're doing with the K-State basketball players.
MW: Can you describe how you design a program for each individual student-athlete -- man or woman?
"On the first day, we do some testing, nothing big, but we do some parameters to see their speed, agility, footwork and strength, and then we sit down and say, 'You know what? This is how this kid has got to train.' So, one kid might focus more on strength. One kid might focus more on footwork. It's very individualized. Not to say everybody doesn't do the same thing at times, because we do a base program, but we take it a bit further and see what the kids' needs are."
MW: So what Jacob Pullen does is vastly different from what Luis Colon does? Yes or no?
MW: The stories are legendary since your arrival here first under Bob Huggins and now under Frank Martin when it comes to what you do with these student-athletes. What I'm most interested in is when a recruit comes to Kansas State and gets here, like a Rodney McGruder or Wally Judge, and they dive head-first into your program, they literally run into a brick wall because they have not experienced anything like this before in their basketball careers. Is that right?
"These five kids who are on campus now are starting to believe in that and they see that. It takes a couple weeks, but in the long run, they see that. What also has happened is we have some veterans, like Jacob Pullen, Denis Clemente and Luis Colon, who help these kids and say, 'Listen, just buy in and do it and good things will happen at the end.'"
Nick Ryan: Do players ever come in and take a couple sets off, or if they're doing a "failure" set and do a couple less reps than you'd probably expect, what's the protocol for that?
Scott Miller: You obviously take a different approach with every player because there are maybe some players that need to lose some weight and other players that need to put on weight, but what's the approach you take with each individual? Do you ask coaches or talk to the players about that, or do you instantly know what you want to do?
"A kid like Jordan Henriquez, who just got here, I want to hear now that he's getting pushed around by Curtis Kelly, which should happen because he's a freshman. I know every day when he comes into that weight room and we're training lower body, I'm in Jordan's ear about getting his legs stronger. If I know those things, which, again, the coaching staff and I probably see it, that helps me with my approach in training that kid."
MW: What's also interesting is during practice -- I haven't seen it at a women's practice, but I've seen it at a men's practice -- if, for some reason, somebody crawls into the doghouse or isn't having a great practice, guess who you're getting sent to? Scott isn't too kind to you when you come to the south end of Bramlage Coliseum.
MW: Have they ever asked to box you?
MW: On the flip side, what are some of the differences for the women's program?
"Now Coach Martin, he wants his kids big and strong right now. That's something he wants. He wants our kids as big and as strong as you can get them. That's pretty simple. We're going to be in the weight room and we're going to be doing a lot of eating. With the girls right now in the summer, we're doing a little bit more running than the guys."
NR: If you look at the strength and conditioning program from where it was when you arrived to where it is now, how would you make those comparisons?
SM: Obviously, this is a key time to work out, but are there any success stories right now? Any guys that have really turned your head?
"Luis Colon lost a lot of weight last year. He's gotten into great shape. Curtis Kelly, he sat out all of last season, so him and I did stuff every day and he's changed his body. He was at 265 when he got here. He weighed-in this morning at 238. These guys have bought in. The only thing is eventually getting to the goals that we've set and hopefully we'll win more basketball games."
MW: Your favorite fireworks? I picture you as a guy that would drop a little coin on fireworks.
MW: But you haven't answered the question. What's your favorite fireworks of all time?
MW: M-80s? Bottle rockets? What?
MW: It's probably just those little snaps you throw on the concrete, right?
MW: Other than basketball, what's Scott Greenawalt's favorite sport?
MW: The sport Scott Greenawalt likes the least?
MW: Your favorite Major League Baseball player?
MW: If you put a goatee on Scott Greenawalt, he'd look a little bit like Kevin Youkilisâ€¦
MW: When it comes to the Fourth of July, what food does Scott Greenawalt want on the table?
MW: Is there any leniency on what players can eat over the Fourth?
"We'll get it all out of them on Monday."