JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — With about 10 days of Performance Course remaining, Marble Falls High School athletic director and head football coach Todd Dodge says he’s pleased with the work of Mustang athletes.
“The kids are working their tails off,” he said. “Any day I step into that weight room, I’m going to celebrate the ones who are there.”
Dodge said, these days, players just can’t show up for the first day of two-a-days without being in shape, especially when most of the athletes in District 25-4A are participating in their own summer strength-and-conditioning programs. And that’s where Performance Course comes in.
“Everybody in our district is working out and working hard,” he said. “There are times you can take off, but you have to train. We have a great platform to do it like that weight room (at Marble Falls High School) we built a year ago.”
David Granson is the head coach for the Mustangs’ Performance Course sessions. He has a staff of five.
Performance Course is a company based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Athletes pay a fee to participate.
“I have complete faith in coach Granson to get it done,” Dodge said.
Granson said he’s still in the planning stages for a possible night session this summer that allows fans in the stands to watch athletes train.
Last summer, Granson set up one for Mustang fans that had athletes split into several groups for training that included jumping on boxes, flipping tires, swinging large hammers, running and completing an obstacle course that covered most of the 100-yard field at Mustang Stadium.
Dodge said he is pleased with the number of middle school boys in the third Performance Course session this summer. Granson said that session has 83 athletes.
“It’s outstanding,” Dodge said. “The kids and parents see the benefits. We have to do it.”