George Courides, USF’s New Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
George Courides brings his hardworking roots and desire to make a positive impact in young lives to USF Football. He will join head coach Alex Golesh’s first staff as the Bulls’ new head strength and conditioning coach starting December 1, 2022.
He’s a tireless worker who never leaves any detail undone. His real-world examples back up the offseason regimen he’s implementing with the Bulls; it’s an effective formula for success.
Early Life and Education
Educators have long held that play is an essential component of early childhood education, particularly for very young children. This philosophy continues to be widely employed today.
Friedrich Froebel is credited with founding kindergarten, which he believed needed to provide young children with their own space for learning apart from adults – save for teachers and aides.
Many ECE centres and kindergartens in New Zealand take this approach, which shapes everything from the environment set up to how conversations between kaiako and children take place. It also shapes how teachers work with each child individually, providing them with a positive experience with each of their own.
George Courides has served on Alex Golesh’s first USF football staff for nearly a decade, most recently serving as associate head strength and conditioning coach. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the Collegeville, Pa. native holds both a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University (2008) and master’s from the same institution (2015); further adding to his already impressive resume is that he also has his own wife and two kids to care for! Despite being physically fit, George Courides remains fiercely determined – never resting on his laurels nor lacking in technological innovations when training his players!
Geo is all about perfection. No detail is too large, small or even minute; an old saying about the power of repetition perfectly captures his ethos.
Achievements and Honors
Geo Courides is an unyielding worker whose focus never wavers from the task at hand. His tattoos across his chest and arms show off how hard he works every day. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), he earned his bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University in 2008 and master’s from ESU (2015). Prior to coming to USF, Courides spent six seasons on the strength and conditioning staff for Iowa State football (2017-22), serving as associate head coach. Additionally, he served two seasons as a full-time intern in the NFL with the New York Jets from 2016 on.
George Courides joined Coach Alex Golesh’s initial staff of USF coaches in December 2022 as their head strength and conditioning coach, reporting directly to him.
Geo Courides has always taken his work ethic seriously; it’s something he says and something his family has instilled in him since childhood. His father was an artist for a New York advertising agency; his grandfathers immigrated from Greece and Poland to this country, working at water companies, trucking companies and high school cafeterias. Now at USF, Courides brings that same work ethic with him as he works to make Coach Alex Golesh’s players bigger, stronger and faster.
He was the pioneer of a program at USF that helps athletes boost their speed, agility and strength. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), he holds both a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania as well as an master’s degree.
George Courides has been appointed head strength and conditioning coach of the USF football team, helping Coach Alex Golesh’s players grow larger, stronger and faster this season. His relentless work ethic is instilled in him from his time working with Golesh at Iowa State University where he assisted in qualifying multiple bowl games over three seasons. George holds a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University as well as certification in Strength & Conditioning Specialist.