In less than 10 years, the Guyer High School football team transformed from a start-up program to a Texas state powerhouse.
The Wildcats won consecutive Class 4A state titles in 2012 and 2013, produced several Division I recruits, and moved up to the state’s largest classification—the newly formed Class 6A—for the 2014 season.
In a state where everything is bigger and football is king, the sports performance program at Guyer is at the forefront of innovation in terms of high school football strength and conditioning programs.
Guyer’s weight room is comparable to some Division I college facilities, and the team’s summer workouts train players like they’re prepping for the NFL Combine.
According to director of strength and conditioning Kyle Keese, the No. 1 objective of Guyer’s strength staff is to teach and train players to move efficiently. Keese says, “If we can teach the kids to move properly, they’ll be conditioned for that fourth quarter, instead of wasting energy moving improperly.”
To reinforce correct movement patterns, Keese and his fellow strength coach Bryan Kegans created “The Grid,” a series of speed and agility drills designed to teach players proper techniques for running, stopping, changing directions and moving at different angles.
“Efficiency is everything,” says Kegans, who returned to Guyer after serving on the football strength staffs at the University of Texas and Washington State. “You can probably run faster than I can, but I can equalize that by changing direction better than you.”
Watch the featured video at the top of this post to see how The Grid helped put Guyer on the map in Texas high school football.
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