Getting an internship at Ole Miss, aka the University of Mississippi, was a dream come true, especially after watching the movie The Blind Side several times. Michael Oher’s story is rare and unique.
It was a Saturday night, and I was exhausted from a long week at Hofstra. I was at home watching The Blind Side. As I watched the movie, I thought, “I should contact Ole Miss about coaching there."
After I had that thought, I searched the Internet to get the contact information for every coach in the strength and conditioning department. After emailing everyone, I had my Skype interview one week later.
When I received my acceptance, I was in tears because it was a dream come true.
While at Ole Miss, I provided dynamic warmups for women's basketball and I was coaching baseball, volleyball, women's soccer, track and field, and cheerleading.
I completed 473 hours for the Ole Miss athletics department, averaging 43 hours per week.
For any cover letters you send to jobs, here are a few suggestions:
- Who are you?
- Why do you want this position?
- How can you be an asset to the program?
- Summary of your biography.
- Thank you
For any phone interviews, here are a few suggestions:
- Have general questions
- Send a follow-up email
- Take notes
For any in-person interviews you have in the future, here are a few suggestions:
- Dress to impress
- Remember names
- Be yourself
- Follow up
The following are lessons and specific methods that I learned as a strength and conditioning coach during my internship with the Ole Miss athletics program.
- What separates you from everyone? Education, certifications, experience, and connections.
- If you are looking to become a strength and conditioning coach, you can use the following websites: Footballscoop.com and strengthperformance.com
- Having a "why" will make you a better coach.
- Working hard is a skill.
- Four standard suggestions for muscle recovery: mobility, rest, sleep, and nutrition.
- Be careful what you post on social media.
- It may not be what you know, but who you know.
- Are you willing to sacrifice for what you believe?