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Speak of the Devils Podcast Sitdown Series - Joe Connolly

A detailed look at ASU’s strength and conditioning program
Joe Connolly
Joe Connolly(Sun Devil Athletics)
Updated: Jun. 19, 2022 at 7:00 PM MST
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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- So much work goes into getting to Saturday.

Recently honored for his work as one of the nation’s elite strength and conditioning coaches, Joe Connolly has made a major impact over his four years in Tempe. Far beyond just weights and sprints, ASU utilizes a data-driven, wholistic approach that incorporates cutting-edge techniques in developing Sun Devil football players. On this episode, Connolly discusses the team’s gains this offseason, how leadership is forged in the weight room, the process of developing athletes, latest trends and new frontiers in sports science, and much more.

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