Garrett Medenwald, Director Men’s Basketball Sports Performance at the University of Tennessee, shares his principles of basketball performance in today’s podcast interview.

In 2017-18, Tennessee navigated a 35-game campaign without any serious injuries, won 26 games (fourth-most in program history), captured the 2018 SEC Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

During 2018-19, the Big Orange spent a month ranked No. 1 in the country en route to a school-record-tying 31 wins and a berth in the Sweet Sixteen.

His basketball-specific training methods and emphasis on injury prevention helped Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone get their names called in the 2019 NBA Draft.

“Garrett’s methods and approach to elite performance training are on another level,” UT head coach Rick Barnes said. “He’s a star in his profession, and our students enjoy not just how he trains them, but also the personal relationship he develops with each of them.”

The Green Bay, Wisconsin, native arrived in Knoxville with three years of experience working alongside Barnes, as Medenwald served the Texas basketball program as both a graduate manager and a graduate strength and conditioning intern from 2012-15.

During his tenure with the Longhorns, Medenwald honed his philosophy as an elite performance coach while working closely with nationally known industry innovator Todd Wright—assistant coach/head of strength and conditioning with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers—and learning the philosophies of Shaun McPherson.

Garrett simultaneously spent two years as the Director of Athletic 3D Performance Training Systems at the “Train 4 the Game” facility in Austin, Texas, where he programmed for numerous NFL and NBA athletes.

He graduated from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2013, earning a bachelor’s degree in Health, Human Performance and Recreation while minoring in Athletic Coaching Education. He then received his master’s degree in Kinesiology from Texas in 2016.

Garrett and I connected today to talk about the underlying principles that drive his basketball performance philosophy.  Listen to this episode and learn:

  • Your feet contain over 1/4 of all the bones in your body
  • Why we need to train in the frontal and transverse plane
  • How to apply the principle of subconscious reaction
  • Garrett’s framework for assessing athletes
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