April 12, 2011
One of the behind-the-scenes factors to a track and field athlete's success is strength training. Though runners spend the majority of their preparation on the track, lifting weights is crucial to their development as well. Last fall, the Lady Vol track and field team began working out in the Vols' weight room with the goal of incorporating more Olympic-style lifts into their program. The middle-distance and distance groups immediately began working with Steve Gortmaker.
Gortmaker, an associate director of strength and conditioning, joined Tennessee in 2009. He came to the Vols after four seasons at South Carolina, where he was associate director of football strength and conditioning.
Gortmaker held the same position at Kansas and was head football and strength and conditioning coach at Western Kentucky. He started his 12-year career at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, where he was a part of the BCS national championship team in 2000.
In a recent video interview with Lady Vol track and field All-American Chanelle Price, Gortmaker shares his experience working with the Lady Vol track and field team.