Ryan Horn is in his sixth season as the Director of Athletic Performance for the Wake Forest basketball program. Horn’s work has been highlighted by the Demon Deacons’ return to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and helping to develop 2017 NBA first-round pick John Collins, among other athletes. Coach Horn joined the Demon Deacons in April 2014 after working under head coach Danny Manning at Tulsa, where he helped the Golden Hurricane win the 2013–14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships—the program’s first title since 2003. He has also made stops at VCU, Robert Morris, and Liberty. Horn has worked with a wide variety of sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and golf.
Coach Horn chats about his technology utilization and gives his insight on the use of advanced technology to test and monitor athletes for maximum performance. He shares the steps he believes coaches must take before they begin to use some of the technological options available to them. Horn gives his expert understanding on developing the strength levels appropriate for the basketball athletes who often come to him with a large deficit, as well as energy system development for his athletes’ needs.
In this podcast, Coach Ryan Horn discusses with Joel:
- How to train basketball athletes based on sport-specific needs analysis.
- His use of the kBox to develop eccentric strength.
- The more advanced technology he uses to test athletes, as well as less-expensive alternatives.
- His thoughts on monitoring athletes and his ideas on doing so at any cost level.
Ryan Horn has also been interviewed for the Freelap Friday Five on SimpliFaster.
Podcast total run time is 59:24.
Keywords: plyometrics, technology, athlete monitoring, basketball, kBox