“You talk about the strength staff – coach Lew and all his staff have really helped me improve my physicality, get bigger, get stronger, get faster,” guard Ryan Johnson said during the season.
On Friday, former Tech running back Jerry Howard recalled his experiences with each of the three.
“When I first got here, I was like, ‘Who is this gigantic man?’” said Howard of Reed, who was easily noticed on the Tech sideline for his swelled physique and full beard.
Howard said that Reed’s own flexibility and instruction inspired him to develop his flexibility.
“He was a great person, great guy to talk to and super smart,” Howard said. “He knows his stuff inside and out.”
Said Howard of Seger, “He loves being a strength coach; he takes it to heart. Like, if somebody’s not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, he’s one of the ones that’s going to have a more authoritative voice and really speak up and be like, ‘Look, you have to stop B.S.’ing and get back to work.’”
Howard credited Thompson for developing his speed and explosiveness and said that, while being a younger member of the staff, he had the maturity to command the respect of players.
Said Howard, “If you want to get extra work, he’s definitely one of the ones that you can call, and he’ll be like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be there. What do you want to do?’”