One of the biggest reasons coach Mike MacIntyre turned around San Jose State's program in only three years is the Spartans' improved strength and conditioning. He hopes to do the same with Colorado by hiring his old strength and conditioning coach at San Jose State, Dave Forman.
Sources close to the situation said Friday that Forman will join six San Jose State assistant coaches in following MacIntyre to Boulder.
Forman, 33, first caught MacIntyre's attention at Stanford. As the assistant strength and conditioning coach, Forman helped Jim Harbaugh turn the Cardinal into one of the country's most physical teams.
After Stanford finished 12-1 in 2010 and won the Orange Bowl, MacIntyre hired him. MacIntyre's Spartans had just gone 1-11 in his first year and lost 80 combined games because of injuries.
Under Forman, the Spartans missed only 41 games in going 5-7 in 2011 and only 28 this season in winning the Military Bowl and finishing 11-2, their best record since 1940.
When contacted in December for a story about San Jose State's turnaround under MacIntyre, Forman told The Denver Post, "I'm very technical in how I do things and how I teach things and how I want guys to do things. You teach technique, then the weight will come.
"The big thing with me is if you do things that are structurally sound, they're going to put you in good positions biomechanically. The big thing is injury prevention. The strongest joints are going to have less chance of injury."
Forman said he saw the change in 2011 after an 0-3 start. They beat New Mexico State, won at Colorado State, lost only 29-16 at Brigham Young then beat Hawaii. They closed the season with upsets over Navy and Fresno State.
After barely losing at Stanford in this season's opener, 20-17, junior linebacker Keith Smith told the San Jose Merucury News, "He upped this summer's workouts and really just had us on a different regiment. It's very noticeable. We were just as big and strong as Stanford was and I feel likethat's going to be the biggest difference from this year to last year."
A Glendale, N.Y., native, Forman played safety and linebacker at James Madison from 1999-2001 where he graduated in kinesiology. His first full-time strength and conditioning job was at Sacramento State in 2006. The next year he was assistant strength and conditioning coach at Northern Arizona and joined Stanford in 2008.
The whole time he says he has followed one adage about players: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."