USTFCCCA Convention: Throws Symposiums

USTFCCCA Convention: Throws Symposiums

NEW ORLEANS – Throws coaches attending the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) taking place December 16-19 at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., will have the opportunity at Symposiums to learn from some of the best coaches the discipline has to offer.

As part of the Convention registration, throws coaches – as well as coaches from all other disciplines – will have access to Symposiums presentations, eight of which are by some of the nation’s most prominent throws coaches.

  • Steve Lemke of Florida, in his ninth year with the Gators, has mentored eight individuals to a combined 13 Olympic berths, and at least one of the athletes he has coached has qualified for each of the Games since Atlanta in 1996. At the NCAA level, 11 of his student-athletes have stood atop the podium at the NCAA Championships: six at Florida, three at UTEP and two at Arizona State.
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  • In 14 years  at Lafayette, Michele Curcio has coached five NCAA Championships qualifiers, 28 Patriot League Champions, 15 All-East performers, a two-time ECAC Champion, a three-time Penn Relays Champion, and 17 NCAA Regional qualifiers. In addition, Curcio’s athletes have set 24 school records.

 

  • Kyle Pierce is an associate professor of kinesiology and health science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and thedirector of the LSUS USA Weightlifting Development Center. His work in developing innovative training methods has earned him numerous accolades, including the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Doc Counsilman Science Award for 2005.
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  • In just five seasons as the Minnesota men’s throws coach, Lynden Reder has established the Golden Gophers as one of the top throws programs in the nation. Seven indoor All-America and five outdoor All-America honors have been earned under his watch, along with numerous Big Ten individual titles.
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  • After a successful tenure at Michigan, Mohamad Saatara is in his first year as the throws coach at California. In his final season with the Wolverines, Saatara coached his pupils to five school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, the hammer throw and the decathlon, and two All-America honors.
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  • Mike Sergent of South Carolina enters his 17th season with the Gamecock track and field program, in charge of coaching the throwers and coordinating the strength and conditioning program. Sergent has coached 25 All-Americans, 40 NCAA qualifiers, 14 SEC champions and five NCAA champions at South Carolina.
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  • April Smith is entering her 12th year as the throws coach at Appalachian State, during which time she has coached nine NCAA Championships qualifiers and 22 regional qualifiers. She has also coached 56 conference champions and 89 all-SoCon athletes in the shot put, discus, hammer, javelin and weight throw events.
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  • In six seasons at LSU, Derek Yush has guided his student-athletes to 14 All-America honors and three individual NCAA championship titles. With his coaching, seven-time All-American Walter Henning became one of the program’s best all-time throwers, earning a pair of NCAA indoor titles in the weight throw and an outdoor NCAA hammer title during an unbeaten streak of 18 consecutive events between indoor and outdoor competition.

 

Convention-goers can attend one-hour presentations from these coaches beginning Monday, December 16, at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Presentations will continue Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.; and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The full schedule is available here.

Registration for the 2013 USTFCCCA Convention is now open.

This is the latest in a weekly series that each Monday morning will highlight different aspects of the 2013 USTFCCCA Convention and feature a unique facet of the convention experience.