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Ferris Athletic Department change 'bigger,' 'better'

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FERRIS - We have always heard the old saying that sometimes “change is good,” well, in the case of the Ferris Athletic Department, change is not only good, it is “Bigger” and “Better.”  

Coach Aaron Emeyabbi, Ferris coaching staff and more than 350 Ferris student-athletes spent two days in June implementing a new weight training regiment that is geared to making Ferris athletes “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” or in the case of the female athletes “Better, Faster, Stronger.” 

Over the course of those two days, student-athletes as well as parents learned the new regiment from Senior Clinician and 30 year veteran for the “BFS” program Jim Brown.

Coach Brown is the Athletic Director at Poplar Bluff High School in Poplar Bluff Missouri and has been involved in more than 1,500 clinics.

Along with his Athletic Director duties, he has implemented the “BFS” program in schools as well as major professional athletic programs all across the United States.

Coach Brown spent 16 years working with the Utah Jazz and has trained athletes in all sports, including Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Karl Malone. 

The first day of the clinic, students and parents did not necessarily learn how to lift weights properly, rather they spent time learning how to be accountable, responsible and having positive attitudes on and off the sporting venues. Coach Brown spent time talking to student-athletes about what it takes to compete and the responsibilities that come with being student-athletes.

Ferris athletes learned about the danger of drugs and alcohol as he shared emotional stories about his father and the damage that drug and alcohol addiction caused to his family. 

The second day of the clinic, the same 300 plus athletes showed up at 8 a.m. ready to learn the secrets behind becoming “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” and “Better, Faster, Stronger.” 

Coach Brown spent time talking about the fine points of weight training and talked about the certain body parts that need to be worked in order for the program to have maximum effect. 

Coach Katie Emeyabbi, wife of Coach Aaron Emeyabbi and daughter of Coach Brown, demonstrated the proper techniques of each lift that is stressed in the program. Coach Katie Emeyabbi, alongside her father, has been involved in more than 100 clinics with “BFS” and has seen first hand how this program made her and her family better athletes. 

Along with learning about proper techniques in lifting, student-athletes learned what agility drills help you attain your maximum potential as well as how to record your workout for each athlete to see positive results.

There is no doubt that there is a change in the air and the students of Ferris ISD are excited about the potential of becoming “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” and “Better, Faster, Stronger.”

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