Quick helping athletes

Quick helping athletes develop better speed and agility

Quick helping athletes develop better speed and agility - Quick helping athletes
Brandt Quick, 25, is a speed and strength coach with B. Quick Athletic Development LLC. He also does some personal training for various athletes, working one-on-one with them, both on the Northshore and the Southshore.

In conversations with the 6-foot, 220 pound Quick, two words, passion and intensity, jump out. He stresses those are the keys to him being able to provide quality training programs for his athletes and clients.

At center, speed and strength coach Brandt Quick, makes his way up court with some of his athletes during dynamic movement warm-up drills while working on flexibility and motion at Franco's during a recent training session. At left, is, 2006 Fontainebleau High graduate Seth Monaghan, and at right, is, 12-year-old Nathan Rodgers, a seventh grader at Fontainebleau Junior High. (Staff Photos by Mike McCall)

Quick graduated from Tulane University in 2003 with a degree in exercise science.

"I wake up every day doing what I love to do, and it's a blessing for me. I love what I do and do what I love, so that's a great thing. I take that approach every day and try to keep my athletes and clients well balanced. I work my athletes pretty hard. I do my best to help get them where they want to be," said Quick.

He said he develops the training plan then pushes and motivates the athletes so they can achieve or exceed their goals.

"The athletes are committed and work their butts off to get where they are. I'm so thrilled I can be part of their success to help them develop. I can help make them faster, stronger and more explosive, but I can't coach heart," Quick said.

He commended the local athletes who are there day in and day out, grinding it out to be successful.

"Since I was 12 years old I knew what I wanted to do," Quick said. "When I finished my playing career, I wanted to use what I had educated myself to do, and that is work with athletes to improve their ability. While I was working out with my strength coaches during my career I told them I would be asking them lots of questions, because that's what I wanted to do in the future. They were always open and helped teach me as much as they could."

Quick said proper training techniques and nutritional supplements are really important in the further development of athletes.

"First and foremost, I love helping people reach their athletic goals. It is a pleasure to work with athletes who have passion and fire in their hearts. I work with beginners, weekend warriors or someone who wants to be trained for a specific event," he said.

Quick said it is an amazing feeling to see the athletes progress and improve their abilities through hard work and dedication.

"I just love being a part of it. It's awesome to see them get the satisfaction of reaping the benefits of their commitment and effort," he said.

Seth Monaghan, a 2006 graduate of Fontainebleau High and former starting first baseman for the Bulldogs, is attending Quick's summer training session at Franco's. "Brandt is both a trainer and a mentor. He helped increase my speed, going from a below average runner to above average. He has also helped increase my strength dramatically along with my quickness," said Monaghan.

"He is a great motivator and interacts really well with the younger athletes. He knows how to motivate you and builds up your confidence level. I was a little skeptical about the yoga classes at first, but it worked out."

Bryan Picou, a freshman at Archbishop Hannan High School, is also training with Quick this summer.

"The training is fun, but it is definitely hard. He works us hard, but he incorporates fun into it. I would recommend this training for everyone, and Brandt is a great role model," said Picou.

Quick also teaches yoga classes at the Northshore Academy of Dance.

He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1999 and was a member of the Blue Jays' baseball and football teams. He played first base as a junior and caught in his senior year. He said he hit well over .400 both years. He played tailback in high school and moved to fullback his first two years while attending Kansas State University, before transferring to Tulane on a football scholarship.

"Before my junior year at Tulane, we had linebackers weighing 205-210 pounds, playing middle and outside linebacker and just getting blown off the ball. At the time, I was around 240 pounds, so I went to the coaching staff and told them if they needed me on the defensive side of the ball I'd be glad to switch over. I studied the defense in the summer, and was able to help the team," he said.

Quick said he probably logged about 220 tackles in his two years at linebacker.

Quick is a member of a semi-pro baseball team in Slidell, the Creoles. He catches, plays the outfield and is a designated hitter.

He said his Creole teammates call him "Pig Pen" because he loves to get dirty.

"I'm intense when I play, and I always go full speed ahead, 100 percent of the time," he said. "When I was in college, I hated playing games on turf because I loved to get dirty."

St. Tammany News
By Mike Pervel
Published on Monday, July 31, 2006 9:48 AM CDT

Quick married his wife, Lindsey, on May 21, and they live in Madisonville. She is a 1999 graduate of St. Scholastica Academy. He is the son of Lenny and Siiri Quick of Mandeville.