When William Blaber arrived on the campus of East Carolina University, he was greeted by peers who knew the ins and outs of a gym.
“Everybody had been working out since 8th grade,” William said. “My first time under a squat rack was the first day I reported on campus. That’s why I decided to teach and coach athletes – so they have what I did not.”
William, a Newport News native, grew up in Newport News. Before graduating from Hampton Roads Academy and heading off to East Carolina University to study the science of exercise and sports, William played football and ran track. In track, he ran the 100M, 200M, 4x100M and threw shot put and discus, where he placed among the top seven in the state. In football, he played running back and defensive and tight ends. William was also All-Conference / All-State for independent schools.
For two years at ECU, William continued to play football.
Before joining Tidewater officially, William interned at the Newport News YMCA, worked at Velocity Sports Performance in Hampton Roads and Memphis, was the Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Nansemond Suffolk Academy.
William’s relationship to Tidewater, though, dates back to high school when he was a physical therapy patient recovering from an ACL injury. He was inspired “and could not stop looking at the equipment, posters and books.”
William, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, has trained athletes of all ages, levels and sports, including, among others, the NFL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball, MLB, AAU, track and field, boxing, semi-professional hockey and Olympic development soccer.
Technique and precision drive William’s training style.
“I love teaching and trying to perfect the precision it takes to become successful in sport,” William said. “I love the process and the journey of achieving a goal. I especially love the moment that an athlete realized that everything we did was 100 percent worthwhile.”
When he’s not in the gym, you might catch William cheering on all Washington D.C.-based professional teams and Ghana soccer.