Throws Symposiums

Randy Ballard

Randy BallardTOPIC: Facilitating Integrated and Collaborative Performance Teams for Athlete Support and Success

Wed., Dec. 13 | 4:00 pm | Grand Canyon 8 

Randy Ballard is the Associate Athletics Director – Sports Medicine at Illinois. In his role, Randy serves as head athletic trainer with ultimate supervision of the entire athletic training staff.

Randy has been a member of DIA’s Sports Medicine team for 15 years.  During that time, he spearheaded the creation of the Integrated Performance Team and has been on the leading edge of new technology that enhances student-athlete performance while maintaining the highest level of safety. Randy has worked as an athletics trainer for the volleyball, cross country and track and field teams. A 1999 graduate of Kansas State University, Ballard earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas in 2001.


Dr. Matthew Buns
Concordia University – St. Paul

Matthew BunsTOPIC: The Role of Feedback in Skill Acquisition

Thurs., Dec. 14 | 2:45 pm | Grand Canyon 8 

Dr. Matthew Buns is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science at Concordia University, St. Paul. Dr. Buns is also an assistant coach for Concordia’s cross country and track & field programs, primarily coaching middle and long distance runners. Prior to joining CSP’s faculty in 2015, Dr. Buns was an assistant professor of human performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

A 2004 graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska, he continued his education at Emporia State University where he earned a master’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 2005. He received a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Iowa State University in 2010. His teaching areas include physical education methods and motor development, learning, and control. His research in physical education and sport has focused on teaching and coaching behavior and expertise in motor skill.


Landon Evans

Landon EvansTOPIC: Nutritional Considerations and Strategies for Power Speed Athletes

Thurs., Dec. 14 | 1:30 pm | Grand Canyon 8 

Landon Evans joined the University of Iowa Athletics department in August 2012. His primary duties include directing the sports science department and strength &conditioning duties with the men’s and women’s sprints and jumps. since the Fall of 2013, he has taught in the health & human physiology department.

Prior to joining the Iowa staff, Evans was the Director of Sports Nutrition and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Illinois State from 2010-2012. He served as the Director of Athletic Development at the Performance Training Center in Beaverton, Oregon from June 2008- August 2009 and as Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning at Illinois State from January 2005 – May 2008. While a student, he worked in strength & conditioning at Iowa State and Central College.


Harry Marra

Landon EvansTOPIC: Developing the Art of Coaching While You Grow Technically

Fri., Dec. 14 | 9:45 am | Grand Canyon 8 

Harry Marra brings a wealth of experience to the table as a former coach at Oregon, as well as for Team USA.

Marra has tutored some of the big names in the world of track & field, including Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton. Marra was the head track and field coach at San Francisco State for 12 years (1981-93) where he was twice named Northern California Athletic Conference coach of the year (1985, 1990) and is also a member of that school’s hall of fame. He coached one NCAA champion and 24 All-Americans while at SFSU. During that time, Marra was also a speed and fitness consultant for the San Francisco Giants.






Stephan Munz
Virginia Tech

Stephen MunzTOPIC: Motivating Athletes Holistically: The Virginia Tech Pole Vault Philosophy

Fri., Dec. 15 | 9:45 am | Grand Canyon 8 

Stephan Munz is a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at Virginia Tech. As a student, Stephan focuses his research on theories of motivation both in the classroom and how they affect peak performance environments in coaching and athletics.

Stephan received his undergraduate degree in sport sciences and biomechanics from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and his master’s in Educational Psychology at Virginia Tech where he was also a student-athlete in the pole vault. On the coaching side, Stephan served as an assistant in the pole vault at the Olympic Training Center in Stuttgart and is currently a volunteer assistant coach for the VT track and field team.

Dan Pfaff
World Athletics Center

Dan PfaffTOPIC: Sport Injuries: Patterns, Trends and Current Thinking

Wed., Dec. 14 | 2:45 pm | Grand Canyon 8 

Dan Pfaff has been named to the dual roles of Education Director and Jumps coach at the World Athletics Center, based in Phoenix, Ariz. Pfaff has coached nine Olympic medalists and five world record-holders during his 40+ year career.

Pfaff is responsible for elite athlete development, coach’s mentorship and education curriculum development and human performance research and development. Most recently, Pfaff served from 2009-12 as the director of the UKA High Performance Centre in London.



Dan Tudor
Tudor Collegiate Strategies

Dan TudorTOPIC: How to Ask Your Track & Field Prospects to Commit

Thurs., Dec. 14 | 4:00 pm | Grand Canyon 8 

Dan Tudor is President of Tudor Collegiate Strategies, a leading research and marketing company that works with college coaches and athletic departments around the country, helping them to formulate their recruiting strategies and communication with high school prospects.

Since 2005, Dan Tudor has been the undisputed national expert on the topic of effective, research-based recruiting techniques within the college coaching community, and has been referred to as “America’s recruiting coordinator” by college coaches and Athletic Directors.

His firm currently serves more than 400 individual coaching staffs and athletic departments around the country, advising them on formulating winning recruiting plans and message content for their recruits, as well as teaching them sales and communication techniques.