Mean Green Strength and Conditioning Center
North Texas’s 7,000-square-foot Mean Green Strength and Conditioning Center is located on the first floor of the Athletic Center, less than 100 yards from the student-athlete residences in Victory Hall, and is available to all UNT student-athletes, male and female.
In addition to its goal of building athletes’ muscle mass and tone, the strength and conditioning program also helps drastically reduce injuries and is a key part of the rehabilitation process.
The Center features over 16,000 pounds of weights, including 12 Power Lift Multi-Purpose Racks, six Power Lift Olympic Platforms and more than 30 Hammer Strength machines, equalling or exceeding the facilities of its regional and national rivals.
The facility is overseen by a permanent staff of trainers and coaches, lead by head strength coach Chris Seroka, who previously held the same position at SEC powerhouse LSU. A 1988 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, he was a three-year letter winner in football, a two-year letter winner in baseball and played in the 1989 Senior Bowl.
The football program has its own strength and conditioning coach in Frank Wintrich, who implented a program with a far greater intensity level than ever before at North Texas. It’s not a cookie-cutter weightlifting program; instead, it’s tailored to individual athletes, to the team’s style of play, and to the each player’s position. That personalization goes far beyond a player’s level of fitness. For example, a middle linebacker may train differently than an outside linebacker, or a running quarterback will train differently than a pocket passer to address the different physical requirements of his position. Is a defensive end going to drop back into coverage? Is a running back going to run inside or will he be asked to catch passes?
“We’ve created a program to enable kids to do those things,” Wintrich said.