Bulldogs Beat

A change coming to Georgia's strength/conditioning staff

ATHENS - The Georgia football program will have at least one big change to its strength and conditioning staff.

Joe Tereshinski, 61, who has run the strength program the past four years, has resigned effective after the bowl game, team spokesman Claude Felton confirmed on Monday evening.

Tereshinski took over the strength program after the 2010 season. He has been part of Georgia's program for 42 years, dating back to his playing days, and has also served as assistant strength and conditioning coach and video coordinator.

A prime directive for Tereshinski when he took over four years ago was to improve the team's performance as the game went on, especially the second and fourth quarters. On the whole that's been achieved, including this season: Georgia out-scored opponents 137-79 in the second quarter and 115-69 in the fourth quarter.

Georgia's performance on the offensive line has also gradually improved the past few years, although the defensive line struggled at times this season.

It was unclear whether the roles would change for the other current members of the strength staff.

John Thomas has served as Tereshinski's top assistant the past three seasons, in the role of senior associate director of strength and conditioning. Thomas spent the previous two decades at Penn State as Joe Paterno's strength and conditioning coordinator.

Sherman Armstrong has been the team's speed coach since March 2012, hired the same time as Thomas. And Gus Felder joined the program last February as an assistant director of strength and conditioning.