Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Balis Not Returning

Discussion in 'UConn Football' started by BNich, Jan 5, 2017.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. BNich

    BNich

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    3,418
    Likes Received:
    1,912
    CL82 likes this.
  2. Huskyforlife

    Huskyforlife Best poster

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2013
    Messages:
    4,393
    Likes Received:
    3,452
    NEWS!? Can't be...
     
    JMick and uconnphil2016 like this.
  3. CL82

    CL82 It's going to be ok - calm down and enjoy the ride

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2011
    Messages:
    17,601
    Likes Received:
    23,281
    After seeing our guys getting muscled and blown by on the line for the last 3 years, I think this is a good move.
     
  4. uconnphil2016

    uconnphil2016 Spectacularly Insulated

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2015
    Messages:
    1,666
    Likes Received:
    2,183
    Agreed. we were too bulky and too slow. Balis wasnt worth the hype. interested to see where he ends up, hope he does well elsewhere (unless we play against his next program)
     
    RSTuthill and Fairfield_1st like this.
  5. HobokenHusky

    HobokenHusky

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    Messages:
    693
    Likes Received:
    1,176
    The Balis era produced a molotov cocktail of slow weenies. Next.
     
    UConnNick, uconnell and auggie22 like this.
  6. Papadukes

    Papadukes

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2015
    Messages:
    154
    Likes Received:
    304
    Who cares they will get jobs and be very successful. I don't think they will work with Bob again. I'm not knocking the thread but can't wait for new staff to be filled and get back to work. Go Huskies
     
    tjhusky and uconnell like this.
  7. bigAbruns

    bigAbruns

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2012
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    208
    Good riddance, now we can see this team actually be explosive at the snap
     
    RSTuthill, gopher2 and uconnphil2016 like this.
  8. mrhandyman

    mrhandyman

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    130
    Likes Received:
    182
    Who was the S&C guy who was there with Edsall and helped design a lot of the equipment?
     
  9. Exit 4

    Exit 4 This space for rent

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2012
    Messages:
    2,110
    Likes Received:
    1,995
    They should avoid this guy:
     
  10. BNich

    BNich

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    3,418
    Likes Received:
    1,912
    Jerry Martin, I believe, who sadly passed away last year.
     
    uconnfan68 and uconnphil2016 like this.
  11. CoachUConn

    CoachUConn

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2013
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    39
    Jerry Martin, passed away a few years ago sadly.
     
    uconnfan68 likes this.
  12. uconnphil2016

    uconnphil2016 Spectacularly Insulated

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2015
    Messages:
    1,666
    Likes Received:
    2,183
    We're eliminating the position. from hwre on out our players will be working out solely via shake weights
     
    Durks07, Ldandy, whaler11 and 2 others like this.
  13. weyuo

    weyuo

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    1,095
    gee, you need some kind of stability during regime changes. Balis leaving throws the off season conditioning work into turmoil for the kids where all they have to do is redirect the focus more on speed and agility and less on mass and power. Hoping that Edsall has a home run hitter in line there.
     
  14. Confident Carl

    Confident Carl

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2011
    Messages:
    1,916
    Likes Received:
    1,652
    I understand that the team looked slow but not sure that can be attributed to Matt Balis's strength training.

    Here is a video of Matt in action at Mississippi State. Pretty impressive.




    This youtube has some pretty positive comments from the players:




    I am cool with cleaning house and starting anew but Matt really helped improve the strength of the players and
    his efforts will hopefully pay off for the returning players.
     
  15. Colt house75

    Colt house75

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2013
    Messages:
    868
    Likes Received:
    855
    He had some explosive teams at Mississippi state .
    Wish everyone the best.
    Just want this poop to be over....⚰⚰
     
  16. freescooter

    freescooter

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2011
    Messages:
    7,020
    Likes Received:
    2,864
    This is a pretty standard change I think. S&C guy needs to be on the same page as the head coach just like the other assistants.
     
    huskymedic likes this.
  17. huskymedic

    huskymedic

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    26,295
    Likes Received:
    32,843
    uconnbill, BlueDogs, BNich and 5 others like this.
  18. noeynox

    noeynox

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    11,542
    Likes Received:
    11,189
    huskymedic likes this.
  19. Butch

    Butch truthaboutislam.org

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    12,545
    Likes Received:
    4,150
    That was quick and also to an AD with more money.
     
  20. CTMike

    CTMike Vanilla Cake > Fish Cake

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    6,640
    Likes Received:
    13,961
    Was he let go or did he leave for a better opportunity...
     
    HuskyHawk likes this.
  21. huskymedic

    huskymedic

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    26,295
    Likes Received:
    32,843
    Irish Illustrated: Irish strength program to get major remake

    >>Through sources, Irish Illustrated has learned two names expected to join the football program’s strength staff, in addition to the next role for long-time Kelly assistant Paul Longo, who’s been with Notre Dame’s head coach the past 13 seasons across three different programs.

    After serving as Director of Football Strength and Conditioning, Longo will transition into the role of Special Assistant to the Head Coach, a title currently held by former defensive backs coach Bob Elliott. It’s unclear if Elliott, who helped craft Notre Dame’s defensive game plans against option the past two years will remain in that post or if Longo’s position will be a new one on top of the current staff.

    As for Notre Dame football’s next strength team, the Irish will add Matt Balis as Director of Football Performance from the University of Connecticut, where he spent three years overseeing all programs. While Balis has a connection to former Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco via Storrs, his roots in the profession cut closer to Urban Meyer.<<
     
  22. gopher2

    gopher2

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011
    Messages:
    189
    Likes Received:
    125
    Re-watching some plays in slow motion/stop action you could clearly see sometimes 2 O-linemen still in their 3-point stances as the entire D-line began to attack the LOS. So I would definitely agree we lacked explosiveness, unless delayed movement by O-linemen is a some sort of advanced technique I am unfamiliar with.
     
  23. Jax Husky

    Jax Husky Larry Taylor did nothing wrong

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2011
    Messages:
    2,614
    Likes Received:
    1,718
    Fine with this. Results were less than impressive, regardless of whether or not the players liked him.
     
  24. noeynox

    noeynox

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    11,542
    Likes Received:
    11,189
    Many here didn't mind seeing him go I think. I started a thread about him. He was the only assistant I was hopeful we kept.

    What about Balis?
     
    CTMike and Confident Carl like this.
  25. UConnJim

    UConnJim

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    Messages:
    1,815
    Likes Received:
    1,650
    I don't buy that strength and conditioning were the problem at UConn. Blocking schemes? Yes. Offensive play calling? Yes. Defensive schemes? Yes. Game coaching? Yes. Young team? Yes. S&C? No.
     
  26. huskymedic

    huskymedic

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    26,295
    Likes Received:
    32,843
    Well, the BY clearly know better than Meyer, Groh, Mullins and Kelly ;)
     
  27. 31GuardTrap

    31GuardTrap Creator of 400 level energy

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2014
    Messages:
    993
    Likes Received:
    1,226
    As a former O-lineman, that is on the O-line coach not the S&C coach. In practice, you need to be firing off the ball each and every snap. Doesn't matter if it's a run or pass play. That first step needs to be quick. Believe me.....I was not the strongest or fastest of linemen but was quick at the snap. That was from practice.
     
  28. RedSoloCup

    RedSoloCup Start with the lines, own the scrimmage!

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2012
    Messages:
    1,005
    Likes Received:
    788
    And Balis was responsible for our guys getting a bit more ripped, and for having stamina at the end of the games for the last 3 years. I don't think we had conditioning issues...
     
  29. NavinRJohnson

    NavinRJohnson

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2013
    Messages:
    621
    Likes Received:
    439
    Very few injuries from what I can recall as well. It would have been good to see an Edsel coaching staff with Balis as the S&C.
     
    SBILL, huskymedic, BNich and 3 others like this.
  30. Jimdish255

    Jimdish255

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2011
    Messages:
    4,942
    Likes Received:
    2,982
    Seems like Matt did his job. Maybe we also needed a speed coach to cover that area. BD also recruited towards building up tall guys and ran a slow paced offense. Good luck and thanks for your efforts Matt.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.