Clintonville strength training program draws youth
92 Clintonville students participating
By Erik Buchinger
Clintonville Athletic Director Sean Liesch provided the school board an update on the Truckers on the Rise summer strength and conditioning program on June 24.
Liesch said 92 kids are signed up for the summer, which he is excited to see.
“It’s a great program,” said Tom Burkhalter, principal of Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School and high school football coach. “I stopped in multiple times, and there’s great participation. Kids are engaged and asking questions.”
Liesch said he is excited about the participation at the high school in addition to middle school students.
“Developmentally, that age group is where their bodies are rampantly changing by the minute,” Superintendent David Dyb said. “That was part of bringing Sean on board with his experience of strength training for student-athletes for both mind and physical, teaching them the proper skills.”
Clintonville High School Principal Kelly Zeinert said students like the variety in not doing the same things every day.
“I don’t know about you, but as a principal, I’m very excited to see where this is going to be in three years,” Zeinert said. “Kids are buying into the program and he’s in there with them doing the different activities starting at 7 in the morning. The kids are in there, engaged, having fun and laughing. I’m very excited about the future of this program and what it’s going to do for our athletic teams.”
Liesch was asked about adult supervision.
“There’s always somebody in the in the weight room,” Liesch said. “If I leave, somebody else is in the weight room.”
Liesch said he went over spotting techniques with students when lifting weights.
Dyb said there is no time when the weight room is open that it is not staffed.