VCU coach Shaka Smart might be more conditioned than his players.
Smart graduated from SEAL training on Friday, beginning the grueling workouts at 5:45 a.m. during the two-week course, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Check the video below.
“It pushes you past your comfort level,” Smart said, according to the newspaper. “If you can get comfortable being uncomfortable, then you can push yourself to get better. That’s what we want in our players. That’s what we want in our program. It’s part of the foundation for everything we do.”
Smart, 35, led the Rams to the Final Four in 2011 and to the NCAA tournament’s round of 32 this past March. He has won at least 27 games in each of his three seasons at the school.
VCU will move on up from the CAA to the Atlantic 10 this fall, when he will have to lean on his SEAL training – that he first put his team through prior to the 2011-12 season – to persevere in the new league.