Physical Preparation with Jay DeMayo


Jay DeMayo is in his 10th year as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Richmond, and his eighth year working with the men’s basketball team.

Jay and I met in 2012 when he asked me to speak at his Central Virginia Sports Performance Seminar. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a world class event and one that I always recommend to fellow coaches.

In this show Jay and I cover a ton of topics, including how to know if your athletes are ready for jump training, the often missed value and role of elasticity work, and how a call out from a fellow coach prompted him to create the CVASP seminar.

Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of what we covered in this episode:

  •  How Jay got into the world of physical preparation.
  • Some insight into his current gig at Richmond University, where he’s currently in his 10th year.
  • What long-term athletic development means to him, and how he’s applying those principles to his collegiate level athletes.
  • The biggest issues Jay deals with when it comes to incoming athletes.
  • An overview of the onboarding process that Jay uses to get his athletes up to speed.
  • The 1×20 Program: What it is, who created it, and why he’s a fan.
  • How Natalia Verkoshansky has influenced him, and his thoughts on dedicated jump training for basketball players.
  • His thoughts on how you introduce jump training with your athletes, without killing them in the process.
  • Jay’s thought’s on “minimum effective dose.”
  • The BIG Question.
  • The lightning round, where we discuss what prompted him to start the CVASP seminar, Ryan Horn’s beard, the books he’s reading right now, and what’s up next for Jay DeMayo.

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  1. Great podcast, Mike! Joe Demayo was a pleasure to learn from. In listening to him discuss elasticity, etc. I wondered why you’ve never featured an elite track & field coach. Honestly, the world of track has operated in many of the training practices now coming to the forefront of western S&C for several years now. Much of the running, jumping, plyo work originates from athletics. Sooo, how about a track coach? If I can, I recommend Mr. Stuart McMillan ( out of Altis in Phoenix, AZ. His background is S&C, specializing in power sports. He’s coached multiple olympic medalists in at least 2 disciplines (bobsled and sprints). And his philosophies in coaching are interesting and well conceptualized. I think he’d add great value to your podcast!

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