CONVENTION UPDATE: Hurdles/Sprints/Relays 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 serves as an opportunity for sprints/hurdles/relays coaches to attend Symposium sessions – presented by Connor Sports – featuring some of the nation’s premier experts.

As with the other disciplines – endurance, jumps, throws – prominent sprints/hurdles/relays 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:

Andy Eggerth, Kennesaw State – Eggerth just began his sixth season as director of track & field and cross country at Kennesaw State. During those years, Eggerth became one of the most successful coaches in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In his first five years, Eggerth’s Owls have won four consecutive A-Sun indoor team titles and four of the past five outdoor titles. Eggerth has coached 64 individual A-Sun men’s champions and 44 women’s champions in that span. His topic is “Restoration in the Speed/Power Events.”

Ronnye Harrison, Oklahoma – Before moving to Oklahoma this summer, Harrison had been the head of the Portland State track & field and cross country programs since 2008. Harrison’s sprinters were the cream of the crop in the Big Sky Conference, claiming two-thirds of the team’s 36 individual titles during that span. His female sprinters were especially strong, setting six Big Sky records in every sprint event 200 meters or shorter over the better part of a decade. Harrison’s program produced six NCAA qualifiers, including a first-team All-American and three second-team All-Americans. His topic is “Progress Through Progression – A Biomotor Success Story.”

Mike Halloway, Florida – Chances are, there is no other coach better to deliver a seminar on “Coaching Relays” than Halloway. Since 1999, Halloway guided his men’s relay teams to six 4×100 titles, the most of any during that span. And this past spring, Halloway’s women’s teams swept the 4×100 and 4×400 titles at the national meet. The strength of those relay teams just adds to the Gators’ prowess, as they’ve been strong as well at the national level. Florida’s men won five national titles since 2010 and the women recorded five top-4 finishes under his direction.

Clive Roberts, Iowa – For the past six years, Roberts has been in charge of Iowa’s women’s sprints, hurdles and relays (as well as horizontal jumps). During that time, the Hawkeye athletes have won 14 Big Ten titles, 26 All-America honors and set 16 school records. Two of those records were broken this year in the 100 and 200, with the 400- and 1600-meter relay records falling one year ago. His sprinters scored 36 of Iowa’s 52 points at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and 18 of its 22 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. His topic is “400-Meter Runner – Why Stamina Development is Important.”

Katie Wagner, UW-La Crosse – Success on the NCAA Division III level and Wagner are synonymous. Wagner has been named a three-time indoor USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year, with another award from the outdoor season. As part of the indoor-outdoor team national title sweep in 2015, she coached Marissa Mahr to an NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles after leading her hurdlers to a 1-3 finish at the WIAC Championships. Shorter distances haven’t been a problem for her athletes either, sweeping the 100-meter hurdles at the WIAC Outdoor Championships and then three of the top-7 places at the NCAA Championships. Her topic is “Coaching Effectiveness and Why It Matters.”

Gary Winckler, Illinois/Florida State (Retired) – Winckler, regarded as one of the nation’s premier coaches, will deliver two topics – “Running Skills Development” and “Dos and Don’ts in Training Designs.” His Illinois teams won 11 Big Ten Conference Championships during his tenure and Winckler was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year three times. Prior to taking over at Illinois, Winckler coached at Florida State, where he led the women to the 1984 NCAA outdoor title and the 1985 indoor title. His 1984 team scored the second-most points (145) in NCAA history. Winckler-coached athletes earned more than 300 All-America honors and dating back to 1992, he had an athlete compete in every World Championship and Olympics.

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.