Chris Gabrielli has his club hammering the brick before dawn.
The Friars, not unlike their conference rivals down at Georgetown, are going through a culture change under Chris Gabrielli. The neophyte head coach, along with dual assistant coaches that, combined, don't have a decade of coaching experience, has been working at getting Providence moving in the right direction this fall. The Friars are 43-81 since 2005, and if Providence hopes to reverse its situation, it all starts with re-dedication and powering through the fall like a combustion engine filled with rocket fuel.
Let's break down the video:
0:02: "Good morning, this is Coach Gabrielli." This should immediately be followed by, "Welcome to boot camp. You're a piece of human garbage. Give me a thousand push ups and run to France and back. And do it in just under an hour, punk."
0:09: Hopscotch conditioning! Or, Providence is training for dance-fighting. Either way, shine on you crazy diamonds.
0:31: Variance on hopscotch conditioning, now with clapping! "1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 8. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!"
0:41: At the Big East family picnic, Providence is going to dominate the field games. Blue ribbons for the Friars!
0:56: That looks like a miserable way to do push ups. Just, icky. I'd trade my hands for hooks so that I wouldn't have to do that.
1:01: "Hey! Look at this trick I can do! Hey! Lookit! See? I'll do it again. That's my trick!"
1:16: So, everyone else in the weight room is doing all these ridiculous things -- flipping plates, doing push ups on training balls, jumping over coolers filled with beers or something -- and this guy is just, like, I'm going to do some sit ups. Old school, son.
1:43: Training on a field hockey surface has to be murder on the knees and ankles. Providence really needs its new facility, stat.