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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 19, 2018

Pike helping strengthen Trojans

By Justin Webster | Aug 22, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Jay Pike, near in orange, and the Fairfield football team break after a recent workout.

It’s easy to mistake Jay Pike as the Fairfield strength and conditioning coach, because he is a football and wrestling coach and is basically always in the weight room.

Part of why you may see him smile more this year is the fancy new space he has to workout with the students in.

“We’ve got lots of excitement around the new facility and participation is up,” shared Pike, who added, “This enviroment is tremendous, much better than last year and if you can get a culture of kids working out and creating that community, it brings everyone closer. They buy into the program and trust each other when it comes time to perform.”

While many think the top priority is to make monsters of the youngsters, Pike explains that injury prevention is key.

“We train the kids so they don’t get hurt more than we worry about gaining strength. We can rely on the kids if they are healthy and we do focus on explosion and speed, whether it’s on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. We want them to be fast and powerful,” added Pike.

The year-round advisor to the Trojan athletes said the attitude is way up and while they have a positive culture that has fun, they know how to be serious, too.

“I think that we are going in the right direction,” said Pike.

“The train is on the tracks and we’re gaining momentum. The kids are gaining knowledge and will have a better understanding of their assignments.

If they do their job it should work out in the end because we know they have the talent, we’ve seen it before.”

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