Given a "Tremendous Responsibility"

ATHENS - Joe Tereshinski Jr. used the word responsibility seven times in his opening statement while addressing the media Friday.

The former Georgia player and long-time strength and conditioning assistant and video coordinator took over the strength and conditioning program this week, and he said he has been given a, "tremendous responsibility," along numerous fronts.

"It is a responsibility that I take very strongly and am very committed to," Tereshinski said on a teleconference. "These young men have a very brief window during their college careers. During that time, they must train their bodies to the upmost. And because of the NCAA rules, you are limited to the amount of time that you can train. So it must be specific training. It must be pinpoint. It must be right on."

Responsibility was the word repeatedly used. Changing the culture of a strength and conditioning program many whispered had gone stale compared to other SEC schools is the goal repeatedly stated.

"The whole culture that we're going with is that we're going to prepare this team for the fourth quarter," Tereshinkski said. "Georgia use to be known that in the fourth quarter they won. That's what's going to be the culture of this fourth quarter. We're going to press and challenge these kids every day to overcome. They're going to have to overcome. They're going to have to go where they haven't been. The only way you do that is to get a young man, get a group and work them so hard they think they can't go any further, and you go further."

Hard work is an obvious starting point. But Tereshinski plans to implement various initiatives to help Georgia's players reach peak physical form, he said. Tereshinski met with the team Friday at 6 a.m. to discuss his new ideas and methods.

The first area Tereshinski addressed was nutrition.

"Nutrition is one place that we are going to be very candid about—about how (players) feed their body, what they feed it with, what they take, what they can't take—and that it was going to be closely monitored."

Tereshinski plans to meet with current Georgia nutritionist Rex Bradberry to discuss his future with the program, Tereshinski said. Regardless, what the players use to fuel their bodies will be a top priority.

"We will have our nutritionist along with (graduate assistants) at all the different meals to see what the kids are eating. We will record what they are eating. The nutritionist will be walking around counseling them. They will be weighed in and weighed out every day. We'll do body fat percentages to their body to make sure they are getting the right things. We will also have the supplements that they will take after their workouts. So through all of the fat testing of their body, with their body weights, with their performance in the weight room and with the way the programs will be set up, basically a record goes on all their different lists."

Also, accountability in the weight room will be insured by video taping every workout.

Since 1987, Tereshinski has coordinated the program's video taping of practice and games, so the technology is something he's well accustomed to using.

He plans to use his expertise in the weight room, too.

"The one thing that we're going to do differently also is every workout will be videoed with small video cameras so that the strength coaches can go back and watch their guys working out," Tereshinski said. "Does technique need to be corrected or changed any? Did anybody not go deep enough? Can somebody put on more weight? Because when you're watching one man, another young man might be working. We might need to increase the weight he uses. It's going to be a very hands-on program for these kids."

Tereshinski takes over a program formally led by Dave Van Halanger, who came to Georgia with coach Mark Richt from Florida State in 2001.

Van Halanger will oversee programs that will include character education, a new mentor program, former student-athlete development, and community service initiatives.

"Dave has made immeasurable contributions to our football program and been a major factor in our 96 victories over the last ten years," Richt said. "This role for Dave will allow us to tap into many of his strengths that will be of great benefit to Georgia, to me, and most of all to our student-athletes in a very unique way. He will be outstanding in working with and motivating our young people in these many areas that will bring strong guidance to them in their daily lives."

Tereshinski has seen just about every angle of the Georgia program.

He played for the Bulldogs from 1972-76, starting at center on the 1976 SEC Champion and Sugar Bowl team that finished 10-2.

He's served on the Georgia coaching staff in various capacities since 1982, and his son, Joe Tereskinski III, is a former Georgia quarterback.

"Joe has had a hand in Georgia's strength and conditioning program for nearly 30 years," said Richt. "I'm excited about what he can bring to our program in this capacity and the direction he'll set as we move forward."

Presently, Tereshinski has no plans to alter Georgia's current workout program before the Bulldogs finish the 2010 season. After Georgia completes its bowl game, the new regime will completely take over.

That message was delivered to the team Friday morning.

"I said that we were basically going to have a regime that was pinpointed on simply hard work, that everybody was going to be pushed to the maximum, that we had bridges to cross together," Tereshinski said. "They know where they're at. I know where they're at, as far as a team. Everybody realizes that we have to go in a different direction to become stronger, to become quicker and turn this program around."

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