CONVENTION UPDATE: Jumps Symposiums

NEW ORLEANS – The 2015 USTFCCCA Convention from December 15-18 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, will serve as an opportunity for jumps coaches to attend Symposium sessions – presented by Connor Sports – led by some of the nation’s premier coaches.

As with the other Symposium disciplines—endurance, sprints/hurdles/relays, and throws—eight prominent jumps coaches will give hour-long presentations on specific aspects of their areas of expertise, available to all attendees registered for the convention.

Leading these technical sessions at the convention will be:

  • Dr. Martha Brennan, Central Oklahoma – Dr. Brennan, in her seventh year as the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Central Oklahoma, has competitive and coaching experience in all three NCAA Divisions. After an All-American competitive career at South Dakota and LSU, she later coached the UW-River Falls women to the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships title in a tie with Illinois Wesleyan. She then moved on to Central Oklahoma, where she revived the program from an eight-year hiatus and has since guided her athletes to multiple All-America honors.
  • Lance Coleman, Albion – Coleman took over as the head coach of men’s and women’s track & field in 2011 after 15 years with the program as an assistant. His overall tenure at Albion has produced an NCAA champion, six All-Americans, 33 MIAA champions, 43 all-MIAA selections, three MIAA MVPs and four MIAA record holders.
  • Travis Geopfert, Arkansas –In six seasons as the men’s field and multi-events coach at Arkansas, Travis Geopfert has become one of the top assistant coaches in the country. Between his time in Fayetteville, his alma mater Northern Iowa, and Central Missouri, he has put together quite the resume. That list includes an Olympian, four NCAA individual national champions, 51 first-team All-Americans, 86 NCAA Championships qualifiers, 59 conference champions and 107 all-conference performers.
  • Chad Gunnelson, Dubuque –
    The 2013 IIAC Men’s Outdoor Track Co-Coach of the Year has helped the track and cross country programs make significant strides during his short five-year tenure at Dubuque. Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 14 NCAA qualifiers, including pole vault national champion Rick Valcin among four All-Americans. The Spartans have also had 38 IIAC Champions and 164 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 47 school records.
  • Petros Kyprianou, Georgia – Though recently promoted to head coach of the Georgia program, Kyprianou has made a name for himself as the two-time reigning National Assistant Coach of the Year. Kyprianou recently finished his seventh year with Georgia’s, during which his crew won four NCAA titles and six Southeastern Conference individual titles, and set two American Junior Records, a collegiate/NCAA Championships record in the pentathlon from Kendell Williams and six SEC Championships records.
  • Dave Nielsen, Idaho State – Dave Nielsen enters his 29th season as the head track and field coach at Idaho State University. In addition to having coached Olympic Champion Stacy Dragila, Nielsen has helped 21 athletes to All-American status during his tenure at ISU, including 12 in the last five years. Forty-five athletes have advanced to the NCAA Championships, 163 have won Big Sky titles and 391 have earned all-conference recognition. Nielsen is a nationally recognized and widely published expert in the track and field jumping disciplines.
  • Nic Petersen, Florida – Petersen, entering his fourth season guiding the jumpers at Florida, has mentored his athletes to an incredible run of success during his tenure. He most recently coached Bowerman Trophy finalist Marquis Dendy to three consecutive sweeps of the NCAA Division I long jump and triple jump titles. Between his many successes at Florida and at previous stops at TCU and Nebraska, his impressive resume includes coaching 13 individual NCAA Champions, 44 All-Americans, eight World Championship team members, 12 SEC Champions, an Olympian and a collegiate record-holder.
  • James Thomas, Texas Tech – In his third year as the associate men’s head coach, Thomas coached JaCorian Duffield to both the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in the high jump, with teammate Bradley Adkins finishing runner-up in both events. Never before in NCAA Division I history had teammates finished 1-2 at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. All told, he has coached more than two dozen All-Americans, nearly 60 NCAA Championships qualifiers and nearly a dozen individual conference champions.

Convention-goers can attend one-hour presentations from these coaches beginning Tuesday, December 15, at 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Presentations will continue Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.; and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The full schedule is available here.

Registration for the 2015 USTFCCCA Convention is now open.