No, they aren't a comedy team... they are the Celtics team of strength and conditioning coaches. They have both been with the Celtics for 3 years now and you just have to look at the before and after photos of Perk to see that they can do great things with a player if that player is willing to work. Hopefully we will see more of their handiwork with a stronger and better conditioned Al Jefferson this season as well. So, just who are these 2 guys?
We read their names all the time in articles about the Celtics' players, but who are these guys? First and foremost they are the strength and conditioning coaches for the team. They are the guys responsible for the workouts that keep the players in shape. They are the guys who helped turn Perk from a chubby kid to a rock wall. They are the guys who try to keep all the kids in shape during the season and the off season.
Bryan Doo is starting 4th season as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Celtics. He was named to the position on August 3, 2003. Prior to joining the Celtics, Doo founded Optimal Fitness in Waltham, MA, which specializes in home personal training and post physical therapy. He also served as the Wellness Director at the Harvard Business School from 1998-2001 and spent three seasons as the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach.
Doo earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 1995 from Messiah College in Pennsylvania, while also minoring in Business. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
In his spare time, Doo enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, surfing, yoga and spending time with his nieces and nephews. Brian is a very devout Christian and shares his faith openly both with his words and his actions.
Walter Norton, Jr. is also beginning his 4th season as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Celtics. He was named to the position on August 3, 2003, the same day as Brian Doo. Norton is a founding partner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the nation’s largest private strength and conditioning facilities which trains professional athletes in the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, WNBA, WUSA and MLS. They also prepared 25 athletes for the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games. Prior to joining the Celtics, Norton spent three seasons as the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the WUSA’s Boston Breakers. Before moving to the Breakers, Norton spent three seasons in the MLS serving as the New England Revolution’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Norton also served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins in 1998.
Norton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Movement from Boston University in 1993. He currently resides in Boston, MA.
Walter is a featured speaker and presenter nationwide and is known for his passionate and enthusiastic approach to training.
Brian Doo says this about his goals:
"I have found that my biggest goalwith players is to change their mindset from “playing will get me better” to “working on my body will allow me to get better”"
Here is another quote from Brian Doo from a Messiah College alumni paper:
"I have been in a great, but challenging situation where the players’ ages range from 18–36. This has allowed me to teach the young players “how to train hard,” since they really are coming from a place of no training. Last year one of our players lost 50 pounds of fat, dropped 12 percent body fat, and increased his vertical jump by six inches. Coming out directly from high school and taking the year to get in shape has really changed his outlook on himself and his future. Some players have come from various other teams, so you are constantly trying to find a way to implement your training style and beliefs with them without losing their trust. Players have rituals and “things that got them there” beliefs, so there is a fine line on how you approach them.
Without a doubt, he is talking about Perk. He really did make himself completely over. What an amazing difference in just one year.
So, when you hear about Al losing 14 lbs and being in great shape, or Gerald getting into shape, you will know that Brian Doo or Walter Norton are behind them, pushing them, and guiding them to be the best they can be.