January 3, 2012
Dillman new Strength & Conditioning Coach
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A holdover from the Urban Meyer regime, former Florida director of strength and conditioning Mickey Marotti was a new face to head coach Will Muschamp, one he had to learn to be able to trust and count on. When Marotti unsurprisingly left to join Meyer's new program at Ohio State, Muschamp chose to turn to an old friend to fill the vacancy.
The University of Florida announced Tuesday that the current head of physical conditioning at IMG Performance Institute, Jeff Dillman, has agreed to take over for Marotti and be the newest member of Muschamp's coaching staff.
An assistant strength coach at LSU for three years, Dillman has worked with teams that have competed at the highest levels in college football, basketball (men's and women's) and baseball. He also ran Appalachian State's program during the time the school won consecutive Division I-AA national championships and upset Michigan in 2007.
Muschamp is happy to be working with a familiar face once again and believes Dillman has exactly what it takes to get the most out of his players.
"The strength coach is such an important part of your program,'' he said in a school release. "Jeff has a championship pedigree. He's been a part of several championship teams and that's what we're trying to be here at the University of Florida. He is my voice in the weight room when the coaches can't have contact with the players.
"It's very important for someone to share the same philosophies and approach as I do on how to build a championship program."
During his time at IMG, Dillman has worked with a number of well-known professional athletes such as Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto and tennis player Maria Sharapova. He has spent even more time coaching up high school and college aged players hoping to prime themselves for a career in professional sports.
Perhaps more importantly, Dillman is confident that his working relationship with Muschamp will yield great results for the Gators on the field.
"What I like about Coach Muschamp is his intensity and his fire and his directness,'' he said in the same school release. "That's the same way I coach. I believe in coaching kids. I don't believe in crossing your arms and putting your hands in your pockets.
"I'm a big, big believer in if you coach them hard in the weight room, and you coach them hard in running, when they get out on that field, it's easy for them. It's all about eliminating that gray area.''
A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Dillman is as accredited as strength coaches come.
He has seen his clients accomplish amazing feats and many who have worked with or under him believe Dillman, a former collegiate defensive lineman, to be a very inspirational coach and mentor for young players.
One of his first tasks will likely be hiring an assistant to replace Scott Holsopple, Marotti's assistant who has since left the program for the top job at Kansas, according to CoachingSearch.com. Holsopple was working in Marotti's stead to help Florida prepare for the 2012 Gator Bowl.
YouTube Videos of Dillman speaking with a high school football team
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