Schmidt and Christensen To Present Middle Distance Talks at USTFCCCA Convention

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

November 23, 2010   

Veteran coaches and clinicians Scott Christensen and Al Schmidt will present clinic sessions at the USTFCCCA convention in San Antonio covering the middle distance events.  Schmidt’s session will focus on the 800 meters while Christensen will discuss the development of the Under 20 year old miler.  The deadline for early registration for the convention is November 30th.

Al Schmidt – Mississippi State University
Regarded and respected nationwide as an authority on endurance running and training, Al Schmidt has led the Mississippi State Bulldogs since 1988. nd women’s track teams. Since his hiring on Oct. 22, 1988, Schmidt has parlayed his 37 years of collegiate coaching experience into many individual and team accomplishments for MSU, both on and off of the track. In his previous 20 + seasons, Schmidt has produced 39 all-Americans and 35 SEC champions.  Most notable was Tiffany McWilliams, the 2003 & 2004 NCAA Champion at 1500 meters, setting an NCAA championship record of 4:06.75 in the process. McWilliams was also the 2004 indoor champion in the mile.  Schmidt has spent the past couple of decades as an educator as well, serving as the Chairman of the USATF Coaching Education Program during which time he developed and taught the Level 1 and Level 2 Endurance curriculum.  Schmidt currently serves as the Endurance Representative on the Advisory Board of the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy.

Scott Christensen – Stillwater High School (MN)
Scott Christensen has been the boys head cross country and head track coach at Stillwater High School in Minnesota since 1981.  During that period Stillwater has won nine state titles and has been ranked by The Harrier five different years in the National Top 10 High School Rankings.  In 1997 Stillwater was named the National High School Champions in cross country.  Since 1995, five different Stillwater milers have captured Minnesota State 1600 meter titles.  Since 2003, four different Stillwater alumni have run sub four minutes for the mile.  That list includes: Luke Watson, Sean Graham, Jake Watson, and Ben Blankenship.  Christensen worked 13 years as a lead instructor in the USATF Level II Endurance Schools from 1997-2010.  He was USATF Chairman of Endurance Education from 1999-2010.  In 2003 he served as the USA Junior Team Leader to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2008 served as the USA Senior Team Leader to the IAAF Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland.