If everything was sensible, Gary Beemer would have been wearing Lebron-issued Beats while picking golden confetti from his Ohio State gear last week.
Beemer would have been a perfect fit at OSU. Head coach Urban Meyer was Beemer’s college coach at Florida. Sports performance coordinator Mickey Marotti was Beemer’s college strength/conditioning coach. OSU made an offer to Beemer to join Marotti’s staff last year — and Beemer turned it down.
Beemer’s decision was based on loyalty to coach Norm Chow, the independence of running his own program, and an affinity for the players. In turn, Beemer hired Steve Pizza to serve as assistant for below-poverty-level compensation, and convinced another four guys to work as strength/conditioning coaches for free.
The Warriors have been training on their own this month. Next week, the supervised offseason conditioning program begins officially. The players will be making sacrifices when they awaken early to lift weights and run sprints under an unforgiving afternoon sun. They also should know that Beemer, too, made sacrifices — financial and career-wise — to be with them.