Apr 10, 2020
FSU Football’s strength coach offers insight on his philosophies

For Josh Storms, being Florida State football’s strength and conditioning coach goes far beyond helping student-athletes get bigger, stronger and faster.

It’s about building a culture of young men that can deal with the face of adversity in real-time and the parallels of football success and life capability.

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A recent story by Jerry Kostidakis from Tomahawk Nation detailed Storms’ philosophies and experiences as the Seminoles director of strength and conditioning while trying to find solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Anybody can ‘make a culture’ or respond the ‘right way’ when everything is easy,” Storms told Tomahawk Nation. “But when you’re being coached hard and you’re fatigued, that’s when you learn how to respond. That’s when you learn how to lead. […] If I’m only doing ‘bigger, faster, stronger,’ then I’m a bad coach. It’s about preparing guys mentally, and preparing guys in their heart.”

Over his 19-year coaching career, with stops at UNLV and Arizona State, Storms noted how he developed performance programs for a variety of sports and borrowed from peers to perfect his craft.

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“If you’re a good coach, you’re a really good thief,” the strength coach joked to Kostidakis. “You steal everything you think is valuable, and then you start putting those pieces together, and it starts to become your own unique philosophy.”

Like so many other coaches and trainers across the country, Storms had to pivot from his usual in-house programs to stay connected with his players from home. With players and coaches alike currently at home, Storms has remained in communication with his players by utilizing social media, FaceTime and Zoom.

To read the full feature from Tomahawk Nation on Storms, click here. 

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