Shaka Smart, then the head coach at VCU, undergoes Navy SEAL training with his players in Richmond. It became an annual training event a month or two before the season began.

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Longhorns fighting through Navy SEAL training

John McGuire: 'Get them up early, get them wet, get them shivering'

Posted September 23rd, 2015

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Shaka Smart was known at Virginia Commonwealth for putting players through Navy SEAL training.

“I’ve got a feeling that will work its way down here,” the new Texas men’s basketball coach said in May.

The Longhorns will spend Wednesday through Friday mornings going through the rugged training with John McGuire, owner of Seal Team Training, Inc.

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When asked to describe his training regimen, McGuire told the Statesman earlier this year, “It’s not exactly for the faint of heart. Outside your comfort zone is where you grow.

“Get them up early, get them wet, get them shivering,” he added. “By the time we get done with them, they get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

McGuire’s business has experienced exponential growth in college athletics since word spread about his time with VCU. He’s worked with the Ohio State basketball program and several football teams. McGuire said he spent last week in Malaysia before coming to Austin.

McGuire said he likes working with Smart because the coach wants the players always thinking about moving forward.

“He wants you to respond,” McGuire said. “He doesn’t want you thinking, ‘Oh, we had some bad luck and we lost.’ Bullcrap. Find a way to win. He genuinely cares for the players. I think he did six years at VCU, I think six years is a lot.”

This YouTube clip was widely circulated to show what it was like for VCU players to go through SEAL training in Richmond.

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