A few years ago, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien hired Naval Academy graduate and Marine Eric Kapitulik to bring in some new training and team building ideas for the Wolfpack. In their first season under the new program in 2010, they finished 9-4 and pulled out a big mid season win over Florida State.
O'Brien added that the program is "all about leadership and accountability".
Kapitulik is the CEO and founder of "The Program", which is aimed at developing leaders, becoming more accountable, and handling mental fatigue. Every single NC State practice ends with the entire team doing a perfect jumping jack in unison. The training regime also includes a firemans carry with a teammate, carrying 35 pound to 70 pound sand bags, military like team workouts with huge log poles.
“It’s mentally tough to do,” he explained. “The guy next to you wants to check out and think about themselves, instead of the team.”
Last season, The Program helped train the Tufts University football team, a D-III program in Massachusetts. The video below captures the kind of stuff that NC State is doing now, and illustrates what makes Kapitulik's approach unique.