Convention Symposiums Will Feature Logan, Procaccio, Shaver, Schexnayder Among Others

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 12, 2011   

The USTFCCCA Convention will once again feature technical symposiums conducted by many of the sports’ top coaches.   Over 40 sessions have been scheduled, with every event area being well represented.  Among the quality group of presenters this year is LSU’s Dennis Shaver, Ashland’s Jud Logan, Villanova’s Gina Pricoccio and the USTFCCCA’s own Boo Schexnayder among many others.  The 2011 USTFCCCA Convention will take place December 12 – 15 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.  For additional information log onto http://www.ustfccca.org/ustfccca-convention

Jud Logan – Ashland

Regarded as one of the top throws in the country, Jud Logan will be entering is sixth season as head coach at Ashland University this spring. Logan, a four-time Olympian in the hammer throw and former American record holder in the event, had a tremendous 2010 season at the helm at Ashland. In addition to producing five individual NCAA Division II Champions last season, Ashland’s women was the indoor national runner-up at the D-II Championships. Logan is a multiple-time winner of the USTFCCCA’s Midwest Region Coach of the Year award.

Gina Procaccio – Villanova

Gina Procaccio is in her tenth season at the helm and was instrumental in bringing the program back into the national spotlight.

She was named the 2009 & 2010 Division I National Women’s Cross Country Coach of the year by the USTFCCCA . Procaccio was bestowed these prestigious honors after leading her team through an undefeated season which included winning the Big East Championships for the second straight year, as well as winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional championships and NCAA titles in both seasons.

Most recently, Procaccio guided Sheila Reid to the 2011 NCAA title in the 1500 meters at the outdoor championship meet.

During her 15 years as both an assistant and head coach at ‘Nova, Procaccio has guided her athletes to 10 individual NCAA titles, 60 plus All-American honors and 50 plus individual Big East titles. In the classroom, her cross country team was awarded the highest team GPA among sports at Villanova four out of the last five years. The team has also garnered numerous All- Academic honors, both individually and as a team.

After her All American career at Florida & Villanova , Procaccio ran successfully in national and international competition. She has participated in three World Championships and qualified for the final in the 5000m at the 1995 World Championships.

Boo Schexnayder – USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy

Most noted for the 12 years he spent as a member of the Track and Field coaching staff at LSU, Boo Schexnayder, who coached collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette and Blinn Junior College prior to arriving at LSU, placed quite an imprint on the collegiate track and field scene. Regarded as one of the worlds premier field event coaches, he was the guiding hand behind 19 NCAA Champions during his collegiate coaching career. He was a key component of 12 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of JUCO National titles, as well as developing a host of conference champions and All-Americans.

Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached triple jumper Walter Davis to multiple World Championships, and long jumper John Moffitt to a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He has coached 10 Olympians, and has served on coaching staffs for Team USA to the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, and was the Jumps Coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

A truly gifted clinician, Schexnayder currently serves as the Chair of the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy Advisory Board and has been instrumental in the development of the curriculum and instruction of the TFA since its inception in late 2010.

Dennis Shaver – LSU

Widely considered one of the premier sprints and hurdles coaches in all of track and field, LSU’s athletes flourished under Shaver since his arrival in Baton Rouge in 1995.  The list of Shaver coached sprint standouts is lengthy and includes the likes of 2008 Olympic 100-meter Silver Medalist Richard Thompson, two-time indoor 60-meter hurdles world champion Lolo Jones, multi-time Olympian Muna Lee, NCAA Champions Trindon Holiday, Kelly Baptiste and Kickiesha Wilson and Xavier Carter who won four NCAA titles at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, joining the legendary Jesse Owens of Ohio State in 1935 and 1936 as the only athletes in history to accomplish the feat.

In all, Shaver has coached 18 Olympians, four Olympic Medalists, 28 NCAA Champion athletes winning 40 NCAA titles and 16 NCAA Champion relay teams. His athletes have earned an astounding 323 All-America honors during his 28 years of coaching.