Paris ISD coach Matt Green will be changing up his role this next year. Green, who has been known as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, will be the Athletic Performance Coordinator to better serve all student-athletes from 6th – 12th grade. Green has been certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and certified with his CSCS through the National Strength and Condition Association.
Both boys and girls come into athletics at different ages and skill development. Green will be working with all coaches at all levels, teaching student-athletes to have a proper balance. The younger grades will focus more on appropriate skill development for each athlete.
“Teaching student-athletes to have proper balance is the key to their success,” Green said. “They must understand that working smarter makes them a better athlete than being the hardest worker.”
Teaching student-athletes the importance of a proper balance of hydration, appropriate amount of sleep, balanced nutrition, body weight movement, and motor control will be the main focus for student-athletes coming into any Paris ISD athletic program. The goal for Coach Green is to work on skill development and proper body movement at a young age to help keep student-athletes healthy instead of sidelined due to injuries.
“Junior high athletes will keep a major focus on relative strength by controlling their body through movements and exercise,” Coach Green said. “As they show proficiency, barbell movements are introduced to work on absolute strength through high school, with movement quality always being the main focus.
“High school students will focus on upper and lower body movement along with the continued emphasis on proper balance from all areas,” Green continued. “Coaches will be looking at data on their athletes throughout the year. Watching for growth and even decline. This helps the overall development for each student.”
Athletic Director Steven Hohenberger said the position’s goal is to move the program toward a co-curricular aspect.
”These athletes are learning the importance of staying hydrated and getting enough sleep,” Hohenberger said. “This helps athletes physically and mentally. Not only will they be better balanced on the court or field, but they will be better prepared in the classroom.”
Photo: Athletic Performance Coordinator Matt Green pictured with his wife Coach Ashley Green and their two sons, Grayson and Nathan.