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Aggie Upgrade - With the help of their friends and neighbors at Samson Equipment, New Mexico State completed a major renovation to their strength and conditioning facility.by: AFM Editorial Staff
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One would be hard pressed to find a strength and conditioning coach with more experience than Don Decker. One of only 140 individuals worldwide to have been named a master level strength coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, Decker’s 24-year collegiate career includes 15 seasons at Arkansas and four at Ole Miss, working with some of the most prominent coaches in the sport. Now, as Director of Strength and Conditioning at New Mexico State University, Decker supervises an Aggie program that is housed in a recently-renovated strength and conditioning facility.
When it came time to acquire new state-of-the-art strength equipment for the upgraded facility, they turned to their Las Cruces neighbors and long-time friends of the Aggie program at Samson Equipment. AFM recently asked Coach Decker about his strength and conditioning philosophy and his work with Samson Equipment.
The brand that marks New Mexico State football and Sports Performance is “Make a Play”. The Head Football Coach, Doug Martin, started this mantra, so this starts at the top and is passed all the way down to the athletes. For my staff and me, “Making a Play”, starts with giving each athlete all the tools they need to be successful. When an athlete makes a commitment to come to NMSU, we promise them that we will do everything we can to help them achieve their goals and dreams. During this process our objective is to improve the athletic performance of each athlete and to help them prevent injuries. In order to do this, we must unlock the doors (any weaknesses) that stand between what they want to do and where they want to go. So as a staff we have to “Make Plays”.
The culture of our program is where the process and standard are housed. The culture at NMSU is, “It’s not about trying; it’s about doing,” because, “Trying is a half-hearted effort with a view toward failure”. Each member of my staff and every athlete must do their job and not try to do their job in order for the entire athletic department to be successful.
Our new room has Mondo flooring with 24 in-laid Samson Equipment platforms and racks. All 24 racks have the Elite Form technology on them. NMSU is the only school in the country to have 24 elite form systems. We have a 4,300 square foot turf area as well as three dumbbell bays that contain three full sets of logoed dumbbells from 5 lbs. – 140 lbs. Some other important additions have been the three Vertimax units and a new cardio area.
The commitment to create one of the best weight rooms I have worked in during my 25 years in this business has helped change the culture at NMSU. Giving the athletes the best tools to hone their craft creates an atmosphere for success. The support from donors and the leadership’s vision at NMSU has made this program a place where every athlete can achieve all of their goals and dreams. I am grateful to be a part of what is happening. It is an exciting time to be at NMSU.
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