Nobody game plans for Brandon Schlotthauer when they face the Green Bay Preble football team.
There’s a good chance the opposing team never has even heard of Schlotthauer, never watched film on him and probably doesn’t have a scouting report.
But his talents are on display during every play, and it’s starting to make a difference.
Schlotthauer is the strength and conditioning coach for the Hornets. Not just for the football team, but for every sport at Preble. He was hired specifically for the role last fall thanks to the vision of Preble athletic director Dan Retzki.
His job is to whip players into the best shape possible. Schlotthauer has worked extensively with several athletes, including those on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay cross-country team.
He is known for being organized and detailed, and he executes his plan as well as any coach drawing up X’s and O’s.
“He has been tremendous, I can’t tell you how much he has helped,” said Preble football coach Paul Donart, whose team is 2-0. “Just to have somebody as knowledgeable as him come into our program, it’s been incredible.
“The gains the kids have been making with him, under his guidance, as a coach it takes a lot off your plate.”
Preble isn’t the first school to employ a strength and conditioning coach for all its programs, and it doesn’t appear like it will be the last.
Games no longer just take place on the field. They are won during the offseason by the work athletes put in. It’s why the first thing football coaches often talk about in training camp is their excitement or disappointment with the attendance in the weight room in the offseason.
After Preble’s scrimmage last month, the coach from Tomah approached and remarked how physically strong the Hornets looked and played.
That’s due to the fact that most of the players bought into the new way of doing things at Preble. They trusted the work they put in would pay off later.
“It took a little while to develop the culture,” Donart said. “But now they are starting to feel the results. They are seeing gains in their strengths and gains in their size. Just feeling that overall confidence in themselves that comes with any type of fitness workout.”
Every team at Preble gets an opportunity to work with Schlotthauer during the week. Years ago, it might only have been the football and perhaps the wrestling programs using the weight room.
Now, it’s cross-county runners. Tennis players. Soccer and softball, too. Every sport is scheduled for time with Schlotthauer.
He develops programs for each athlete specific to the sport he or she plays. For football, it might be working on explosiveness. For soccer, the focus could be on flexibility.
It has given Preble the advantage of being able to have its athletes train in house and under its guidance rather than have to go elsewhere.
It also helps to have Schlotthauer on the sideline during games. He noticed during the football team’s opening week win against Ashwaubenon that players were getting worn down by the end of the fourth quarter. He immediately put together a conditioning plan to combat the problem.
There’s always the chance of tweaks and changes to a workout routine. The only constant is the man running them.
“We buy into conditioning every day after practice,” Donart said. “So far, it’s been working very well. I’m really blessed to have him around.”