Don Babbitt joins elite group of throws clinicians at USTFCCCA Convention in San Antonio
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
October 29, 2010
Standout University of Georgia Throws Coach will present two symposium sessions at the upcoming USTFCCCA convention in San Antonio. Babbitt’s sessions will take place on Monday, December 13th. Click on the link below for a complete schedule of symposium sessions and other convention activities.
Over the past 14 years, Don Babbitt has transformed the Georgia throws program into arguably the most talented group in the country. Five NCAA titles, 12 All-American honors and seven SEC crowns during the past four seasons further solidified Babbitt’s hold as one of the premier throws coaches in the track and field world.
Under Babbitt’s guidance, Georgia’s throwers have reached a high level of success including 10 NCAA titles, 51 All-American certificates, and 36 SEC titles. Chris Hill won two consecutive NCAA titles in the javelin throw and capped his NCAA career with a USATF National title as well with a throw of 268 feet, 4 inches. This mark established a new NCAA American Collegiate record. In 2007, Jenny Dahlgren finished her Bulldog career with three NCAA titles, eight All-American certificates and four SEC titles while shattering school, SEC, collegiate, NCAA Championship and South American records in the hammer throw under Babbitt’s guidance. Babbitt, a former UCLA Bruin, led his throwers to eight top-20 finishes during the 2005 NCAA Championships, highlighted by Trevor Snyder’s second-place finish in the javelin and Dahlgren’s pair of top-five finishes in the NCAA Championships.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recognized his outstanding contributions following the 2009 season and named him the East Region Men’s Coach of the Year. In 2003, Babbitt was named National Assistant Coach of the Year in the men’s throws category by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association. He was also later named the USTFCCCA East Region Women’s Throws Coach of the Year in 2007.
Babbitt has coached 35 throwers who have competed in the Olympic Games and/or World Championships and who have won eight medals. These include 2005 World Outdoor shot put champion Adam Nelson and 2006 World Indoor champion & 2007 World Outdoor shot put champion Reese Hoffa. He is has also served as he personal coach of eight-time U.S. Champion and current American record holder Breaux Greer (javelin), as well as Canadian record holder Jason Tunks (discus) and three-time Canadian Olympian Brad Snyder (shot put). In addition, Babbitt has been the long-time coach Andras Haklits, the three-time Croatian Olympian and hammer record holder, who finished eighth in the Beijing Olympics and seventh in the hammer at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Babbitt will be joining previously announced throws speakers Jud Logan of Ashland University and Dave Dumble of Arizona State University.