Jon Reid is a former Junior and University Hockey player who went on to complete a Bachelor of Physical Education, along with a Master’s in the Science of Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a former athlete, Jon has always been interested in strength and conditioning and overall athlete development. As Jon’s hockey career came to an end, it was rewarding to find a career path to help enhance the development of athletes. This brought Jon to his current position at APSolute Performance and Wellness, where he oversees the Strength and Conditioning department and delivers programming to both amateur and professional athletes. Jon also works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the NL Growlers of the ECHL. Over the past 5 years Jon and his colleagues have shared tremendous success and have been fortunate to build a team of like-minded professionals who continue to educate and provide quality work to athletes within the St. John’s area.
In this interview Jon describes his approach to managing the scheduling complexities of working with amateur hockey programs. WIth hockey becoming a more year-round sport, concepts of long-term athlete development are often being overlooked in favor of more ice time. It is the strength coaches role to offset some of the imbalances that this can create. Jon’s common sense approach, and experience in navigating the amateur hockey scene, will provide useful insights for the young coach in this environment.