HMMR Podcast Episode 223: Water the bamboo (with Travis Knight)

Underdogs come and go, but Gonzaga University’s basketball team keeps coming back. The small school team is the perennial overachiever and strength coach Travis Knight has been there the whole time. He joins this week’s podcast to discuss the unique team culture and process that helps them keep up with their bigger budget competitors, as well as his approach to training agility for one of the most demanding sports out there.

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Notes and quotes

Travis Knight has been a strength and conditioning coach at Gonzaga University for 15 years. A former baseball player for the Bulldogs, he previously supported multiple sports before focusing just on basketball for the past few seasons where he works closely with head coach Mark Few. In more than 20 seasons, coach Few has a winning percentage of over 80% and is the winningest active coach in the NCAA. The team has qualified for the NCAA tournament every season, made the finals in 2017, and reached a #1 national ranking in four separate seasons.

Culture and character development
Training agility

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Further reading

  • This month’s site theme is change of direction and agility. Stay tuned to the site this month as we explore the topic more in depth. Join HMMR Plus so that you don’t miss out on our archives and new resources.
  • Frans Bosch’s new book Anatomy of Agility was discussed in this episode and available for pre-order in the HMMR Store. It continues to develop the approach he presented in his last book Strength Training and Coordination: An Integrative Approach. We have compiled many resources around Bosch’s concepts, which you can find summarized here.
  • Jimmy Radcliffe’s approach to teaching agility fundamentals was also referenced. Members can stream GAIN Video 12 in the HMMR Classroom to learn more from coach Radcliffe.
  • This video series from What Drives Winning also dives deeper into the Gonzaga approach to driving team culture and how coach Knight fits into that.
  • The interplay between the psycho-emotional and physical side of training was also discussed. John Kiely has been at the forefront of this topic, which we wrote aboutinterviewed him about, and had him as a guest on Episode 48, GAINcast 61, and GAINcast 132.