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Alexander Vajgrt

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: The Jefferson Fieldhouse
Company/Organization website:
Title: Intern ( Coach)
Destination: Jefferson, IA
Timeframe: June, 2016- August 2016

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
•Develop and supervise a High School speed and agility program, as well as a strength and condition plan for middle school athletes. Work with multi-sport athletes to design a complementary speed and agility program.

I accomplished...
Successfully completed an eight week strength program with middle-school athletes as well as a eight week speed and agility program focused on sports such as football, soccer, and track.

My most valuable effort...
The most valuable project was the program design throughout the internship. This provided me with a sample size to use my knowledge that I gained through previous experience through Iowa State strength and Conditioning. As well as the opportunity to work hands-on to develop a coaching philosophy and rapport with young athletes.

I learned...
You can't just write a program and expect everything to go perfect and to have the athletes listen to your every word. You need to be adaptable, resourceful, and creative. On a personal level you need to be able to connect with the athletes, ask them about their day, how they are feeling. Those simple questions go a long way and they provide that valuable connection between you and the athletes.

I will never forget...
Coming in the first day ad getting into a water bottle match with the middle school kids. It was about 90 degrees in the building and we just got done with a tough workout. The kids run up behind me out of nowhere and dump water all over me. Needless to say that was quite the drive home.

A surprising discovery...
I did not expect to see such variety in the levels of fitness and motor skills of each kid. Some kids were crazy strong and moved well but others needed help just learning to skip. This made me take a step back ad focus on keeping things simple and basic.

Advice for others...
Get experience as soon as possible. Seek out someone you respect and learn from them. You need to go out and work a long hour day and have a desire to learn. If you can't handle a few bumps along the way or you can't connect and work well with others this profession is not for you. Keep things simple and FUN. We all see crazy drills and things on YouTube, Facebook, etc. However, you need to take a moment and look at the population your working with and ask yourself WHY . Does that drill meet your athlete or clients goals ? Or does it just look cool. Take a step back and do what will set your individual up for success. If you do that you will be successful.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I knew an Iowa State Student that worked their last summer.

I landed this assignment by...
I went out to Jefferson and spoke to Jeff a few times and things came about after talking a couple hours.

I wanted this experience because...
I wanted a chance to work with young athletes to see what it would be like and how they trained differently than college athletes. I wanted to give the younger kids an opportunity to have the tools to become successful as a college athlete.

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