By Stephen Tsai
Gary Beemer has turned down an offer from a BCS school and will remain as the Rainbow Warriors' strength and conditioning coordinator.
"I'm here for the long haul," Beemer said.
Beemer was hired last May to work exclusively with the football team.
"It's tough here, and I didn't want to contribute and be another letdown for the guys," Beemer said. "It would have been really bad timing for coach Chow to bring in a replacement and hire somebody else. I feel it would have been a detriment to the program. I felt I had a responsibility. And I love my job here."
He said the players factored largely in his decision.
"I like our kids," Beemer said. "No, actually, I don't like our kids. I love our kids. I think there are a lot of guys on our team who work very, very hard, and they have yet to see their work manifest into success. I really want to help them do that."
The Warriors began their offseason-training program yesterday.
"People think you get a team for a full year, and you don't," Beemer said. "You get a team for the winter time, they go to spring ball, then you get them for summer. The winter sets up spring ball, which sets up summer, which sets up camp, which sets you up to have a successful season. You can't have some of it. You need it all. I wish I could have been here last winter. I'm excited to have the kids for, I think, it's 7 1/2 weeks, then we go to spring ball, then it's summer again, and I get them again, and we're off. We have another tough schedule, but we'll be more prepared for it this year."
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Jamie Smith knows about aspiring to new levels. After all, he lives on Wilhelmina Rise.
Smith is the basketball Rainbow Warriors promotional — and emotional — director. He's back, and he's helping to promote tonight's game against Long Beach State. The theme: Warrior Paint Night. Fans will receive prizes for painting themselves creatively.