Changing lives, building character and pushing you beyond your limits are just a few things that are listed on Vic Viloria's job description as the head strength coach at Southern Methodist University.
Getting young athletes to perform at their highest level is what the former SMU football player is focused on right now.
"We have two weeks remaining to get the entire team ready for fall camp," Viloria said in an interview with PonyStampede.com last week. "We are in much better shape this year than we were this time last year."
This summer marks the first time that SMU has ever brought in the true freshmen for the second summer session. This gives the student athletes a chance to get acclimated to classes and get a chance to workout with the strength and conditioning coaches.
"Getting the freshmen in for an entire summer session will pay huge dividends," Viloria said. "We are expecting a lot of freshmen to contribute this fall, this head start in their transition to college life are a big asset."
Something new that Viloria and his staff have used this summer is a full speed sprint training regiment.
"We are running four 200's, seven 100's and 10 forty's, there is no way anyone on this team would have been able to do this last fall," Viloria said. "Everyone on the team is completing their times. We are definitely in a lot better shape this summer than we were anytime last fall."
Another positive that has come from the summer workouts is the players improved work ethic.
"We are able to push these guys at a higher level than ever before," Viloria said. "These players realize that everything is in place for them to have success on the football field. They are putting in their best effort so success can be achieved."
When asked who was most improved on the team, Viloria wasn't quick to answer.
"That's a hard one since everyone has improved so much," Viloria said. "I would have to say Adrian Dizer. He has really progressed further than we expected. Serge Elizee has done a tremendous job this summer. He has increased his squat by over 100 pounds this summer. DeMyron Martin has had a great summer; he has a completely new attitude, look for him to have a breakout season."
Viloria credits the new attitude that the players are demonstrating to the new coaching staff.
"They have really rebuilt these guys confidence level in themselves and each other," Viloria said. There is a whole new attitude here at SMU. An excitement that I have never seen before."