Rocket Digest recently talked to UT assistant coach Alex Golesh. The following is a Q&A with Coach Golesh, from that recent conversation. Coach Golesh coaches running backs and is the recruiting coordinator at Toledo.
RD - Now that you've had some time to adjust to your new position at Toledo, how is being an assistant coach different from your time as a GA?
AG - The biggest difference is the responsibilities as far as personnel and recruiting. You are now in charge of a position (Running Backs and Specialists) and are held accountable for everything they do, on and off the field. The other biggest thing is planning meetings, practice time, and events outside of football. As far as recruiting, there is a lot of planning and organizing of not only my own area, but the whole staff and the direction we want to go as a team. Balancing all those aspects has been the toughest part.
Other than that, it's the same in the aspect that it all just takes hard work. If you work hard at recruiting and getting better every day, it's a fun position.
RD - Have you had a chance to see much of the city of Toledo yet?
AG - I've gotten to see some. The Perrysburg area where I live is absolutely awesome. There is a ton of great places to eat and shop. The city of Toledo has anything you need on a daily basis. I can't wait for it to warm up to see the city in the summer. I hear its great.
RD - When did you know that you wanted to go into coaching?
AG - I've been wanting to coach ever since I was a senior in high school. My high school offensive coordinator, Jeff Jones, made me realize that I wanted to teach and coach young men. Relationships like the one him and I have are what I wanted to reach with my players.
RD - How long have you known Coach Beckman?
AG - I was with Coach Beckman for a year at Ohio State and then a year at Oklahoma State. When I was at Northern Illinois for 2 years, him and I stayed in touch.
RD - You've had time to watch film, get to know the running backs, and see them play a little bit on the field in spring practices thus far. What are your impressions?
AG - I think we have a very special group here. The tradition of running backs at UT is known nationally and I think that has made it easy to recruit outstanding backs. I think they all bring something different to the table. Collins is a good complete back who understands the importance of pass protections and being able to catch the ball out of the backfield. Walker brings a very physical presence to the entire offense and is outstanding in the run game. Morgan Williams is an outstanding open field runner that can make people miss. Darius Reeves is young and does a nice job. He's still learning the position and needs to keep plugging along. Johnnie Bush is a great walk-on who works his butt off every day.
Overall, the kids still need to learn how to become complete backs but are really coming along well.
RD - As the recruiting coordinator, how does your job in recruiting differ compared to the other assistant coaches in regards to recruiting?
AG - I meet a lot with Coach Beckman to try to evaluate weekly how we are doing and what we need to do different or better. He was a recruiting coordinator for 13 years so he knows what we need to do and the best way to do it. A lot of my job as the recruiting coordinator involves organizing and getting people in the right spots and communicating with everyone from the media to the compliance office. The other assistants are responsible for knowing their area inside and out as well as their position inside and out. I try to give them all the tools they need to succeed at knowing both.
RD - What is a typical day at the "office" like for you?
AG - I get in about an hour and a half before we staff meet to try to get ready for the day (including recruiting, special teams, and position meetings). Then we meet as a staff for a couple of hours. Then we break into offensive staff meetings until practice. Around 1:30 I meet with the specialists. At 2 I meet with the running backs for about an hour until practice. Then we practice for 2 hours. After practice we meet as an offensive staff and grade the film from that practice. On non-practice days we meet instead of practice to try to prep practice for the next day. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday we meet on recruiting as a staff for an hour. That is crucial that we evaluate players every day.
RD - Do you have any hobbies outside of football?
AG - I like to spend time with my family and new fiance, Alexis. I also like to golf and travel. I love to travel all over the country and see new places.
Q&A with Coach Golesh
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