Miami Hurricanes’ new strength trainer trains players mentally


The new UM strength and conditioning trainer Aaron Feld will not only train canes players physically.

He will also try to change their mindset when the game is at stake.

“It all starts in the head,” Field said WQAM’s Don Bailey Jr. on Wednesday night as he discussed some of his plans.

“There is a phrase in the military, ‘Hope is not a good option.’ We don’t want to hope that they have the right focus late in the game when the game is at stake. “

Feld plans to do mental training with UM players once a week in the coming months.

“We call it mindset training,†he says. “We’ll sit down and talk about how to think properly to achieve elite level performance.

“Before people think it’s ticking a box, [allow me to explain]. When your body reacts to what is happening around you it is a mixture of preparation, rest, [being] In that moment.

“To achieve this flow state, we teach three behaviors: neutral thinking, neutral self-talk and conscious visualization. If you can become a neutral thinker, you will have the ability to speak to yourself [neutrally] and consciously visualize things before they happen.

Feld explained that “To be neutral is to pay attention to the facts. A negative mindset is fourth and first [thinking]”If we don’t get that stop, we’ll lose the game.” A positive attitude is ‘fourth and 1, we get the stop, we win the game.’ “

But Feld said, “The negative and positive versions have nothing to do with winning the soccer game. Remaining neutral means: ‘I need a break, this is the play-call, this is my attitude, this is my eye discipline …’

“You have all these habits and plans and games that you prepare for and that you prepare for. You access this memory in your game. In this way you can achieve the desired positive result. “

Feld said it has always been “trendy to have a weight trainer. Until you had elite level people like coaches [Mario] Cristobal to develop it into what it should be, it is a thing that you have because everyone else has it. “

Cristobal shared some of the conditioning principles he’d learned from working with Nick Saban’s Alabama staff.

Feld, an energy dynamo with a mustache on the handlebars, joined the Ducks in 2018 from the University of Georgia, where he served as the assistant director of strength and conditioning for three years. Feld worked with Cristobal in Alabama, where he volunteered as a strength coach in 2013-14.

Feld is a former long snapper in Mississippi State, replacing David Feeley, who is now with Duke.


In addition to tracking several Front 7 defenders in the transfer portal, UM is also looking for defensive line help from the preparatory ranks.

A big answer will come this weekend when Cyrus Moss, the Las Vegas-based four-star class of the defensive ending 2022, announces his election to college; UM is a finalist.

Meanwhile, the Canes have offered Jacksonville-based three-star defense attorney Jack Pyburn a no-obligation signing from Minnesota.

Pyburn, who is hoping to visit UM this month, had 110 tackles (32 for losses) and 15 sacks last season.

â–ª The Canes continue to pursue several offensive linemen in the 2022 Class, including three-star tackle Mathew McCoy of St. John’s, Florida (who will visit later this month), four-star tackle Josh Conerly of Seattle, and the in Washington based four star guardian Dave Iuli.

McCoy named UM among his six finalists on Wednesday. UM is also believed to have a good chance of landing July.

â–ª UCF middle linebacker Tatum Bethune, who was being followed by UM, announced his move to FSU.

â–ª One person who is in contact with several UM juniors said he understood that left tackle Zion Nelson and cornerback Tyrique Stevenson hadn’t decided to go pro as of Tuesday. This person said that they have very strong thoughts about going back to school.

â–ª I expect tight-end coach Stephen Field to have the opportunity to stay in the program.

Field did an excellent job of recruiting and developing players.

Field – who previously worked with Mario Cristobal in Oregon – played a key role in convincing four-star tight-end team Jaleel Skinner to move from Alabama to Miami.

â–ª While this is official, I have a feeling that Travaris Robinson, the defensive backs coach, can remain an excellent recruiter if he wants to.

But apart from hiring co-offensive coordinator / wide receiver trainer Bryan McClendon and strength and conditioning trainer Aaron Feld, Cristobal has not said anything publicly about his staff.

The Mississippi running backs coach Kevin Smith and the associate head coach and defensive backs coach of Boston College, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, interviewed according to 247 Sports about positions in the UM staff.

Joe Salave’a, who worked with Cristobal at UM, is expected to be UM’s defensive line coach.

â–ª Local businessman John Ruiz, known for his quest for a new stadium for UM soccer, and his family announced that they had invested $ 2 million in building a strength and conditioning complex at Alex Rodriguez Park on the Mark Donate Light Field.

The Ruiz Family Strength and Conditioning Complex will be an approximately 1,600 square foot extension of the current weight room located at the entrance to Alex Rodriguez Park.

Ruiz graduated from UM; he and Mayra’s sons Johnny and Alex played for the UM baseball program and daughter Cristy was a member of the UM dance team….

Left-handed pitcher Carson Palmquist was named a Preseason All-American by Perfect Game. He was one of two helpers called to the first team.

A native of Fort Myers, Fla., Led the ACC with 14 parades, ranking third nationwide. Palmquist finished last season with a 2.22 ERA, with 75 strikeouts in 44 â…” innings.

Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.


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