February 22, 2012

New speed coach hired?

The Georgia football program has moved quickly to add to its strength and conditioning staff with the hiring of former Big Ten Athlete of the Year Sherman Armstrong to be its new speed and performance development coach.

With over 10 years experience in the sports performance industry, Armstrong is the current owner of the VAST Sports Program in Tampa, Fla.

"Absolutely, I can't wait to get to Athens," Armstrong told UGASports in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "I came up last week, last Wednesday, just to meet the coaching staff and see the facilities and I came away very impressed. I'm just thrilled to be part of the program."

According the VAST website, Armstrong has trained over 60 NCAA Division I football athletes for the NFL Combine and over 40 NFL athletes.

As a collegiate competitor, Armstrong was a two-time Olympic Trails finalist in the 400 hurdles (2000 and 2004), a four-time NCAA All-American (1997-2000), a nine-time Big 10 champion, the Big 10 record holder in the 400 hurdles and Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2000.

Armstrong said he can't wait to bring his program to UGA and can't wait to get working with the Bulldog football team.

"I just don't want to make sure our athletes run fast, but we want to make sure they are technically sound so in regards to football, they've got plenty of football speed," Armstrong said. "I don't want my guys to just have good running speed."

Armstrong is scheduled to report to Athens in early March.

"Finding an outstanding college situation has always been on the top of my list, just like running my own business, which I have done with VAST," Armstrong said. "I'm really excited to get back a situation where it's all about the team atmosphere, where everybody is looking to lay it on the line and give 120 percent."

Armstrong will join the Bulldog strength and conditioning staff which recently lost assistant Thomas Brown, who became the running backs coach at Chattanooga and Keith Gray who joined the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles.