“Character is made by what you stand for; reputation, by what you fall for.” (Robert Quillen) I’ve always believed that coaches have the unique ability to make a profound impact on the life of young minds. Strength and Conditioning is no different, the life lessons we preach at Donskov Strength and Conditioning move well beyond free weights, chalk, and hang cleans. We have worked to create an environment of accountability, attention to detail, work ethic, pride, perseverance, team first and FUN! It is our belief that these values are far more important than weights pushed or pulled and can be applied to all aspects of life.  This environment has also created a loyal following of dedicated, hard working people. These are the intangibles that create success regardless of sport. This is whom I want on my team! “There are certain qualities that you look for in people, whether you are on a football team or in business. You look for people who are committed, devoted, and doing the best job. Talent isn’t going to matter either. I’ll take the guy who is out breaking his butt over a guy with talent in a close situation every time. I may get my butt beat a few times, but in the long run, I’ll win because I’ll have the guy with more character.” (Mike Ditka)


The White Board:

I am a sucker for quotes. They inspire me on a daily basis. When DSC opened its doors one of the first investments made was a large white dry erase board. Each week a new quote gets put on the board. From Wooden to Holtz, to Thoreau and Greeley these quotes have become a regular source of conversation at DSC. Here are a few examples of how we tie them into our environment.

I believe that a positive environment is not only paramount in building a successful training facility, but more importantly in sculpting the minds of young men and women. Strength training is a passion that we all share as coaches, but our jobs and responsibilities move well beyond the iron and chalk. The word Coach might mean more than we’ll ever know!



Anthony Donskov, MS, CSCS, PES, is a former collegiate and professional hockey player, founder of Donskov Strength and Conditioning Inc., (www.donskovsc.com) and Head Instructor/Director of Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning for Donskov Hockey Development (www.donskovhockey.com). He can be reached at info@donskovsc.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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