Spend more than five minutes around Chris Gray and it’s hard not to be influenced by his positive energy. The Hobart and William Smith John J. Hogan ’88 Strength and Conditioning Head Coach since 2018 saw the limits of that energy tested this fall.
Public Health regulations prevented Gray from conducting workouts indoors. Student-athletes returned to campus needing to ease back into conditioning after a summer that saw many gyms closed to slow the spread of the pandemic. Everything had to be done wearing a mask and all equipment had to be disinfected between users.
Gray didn’t spend a moment dwelling on the hurdles in front of him, he merely set out to leaping over them on the way to the finish line.
Throughout September, he conducted workouts on McCooey Field, allowing students to remain socially distant. He used a small team of interns to help him disinfect equipment between reps. The video accompanying this article gives a quick look into one of those outdoor workouts with Coach Gray Mic’d Up.
When workouts were allowed to resume in the Raleigh-Foley-Kraus Varsity Strength Training Center, he and Assistant Coach Bailey Victoria worked extended hours to make sure everyone got their workouts in while accommodating the reduced capacity needed for social distancing.
Throughout it all, Gray’s dedication never wavered. No one could have faulted him for enjoying a Saturday off as the semester wound down in November. Instead, there he was cheering on the Statesmen and Herons at their intersquad scrimmages on Boswell, Cozzens and McCooey fields.
What did this semester reveal about Gray’s well of positive energy? It’s an abyss.