Convention Symposiums

USTFCCCA Symposiums

Technical Symposiums and Professional Development seminars will once again be a major part of the USTFCCCA Annual Convention.  Multiple technical sessions in every event group will be offered daily with presentations from some of the country’s top coaches.


JJ Clark

JJ Clark – Connecticut

Following a successful 13-year tenure as the women’s head track & field coach and then Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, JJ Clark is set to start the next chapter of his career as the head women’s coach at Connecticut.

His Volunteer women claimed two indoor national team titles under his watch, first in 2005 then again in 2009. A two-time National Coach of the  Year, he has guided 46 individual student-athletes to nearly 200 All-America honors.

Specializing in the middle-distance and distance events, he mentored his Tennessee women to three SEC indoor team titles and five SEC cross country crowns.  Individually his athletes set two world records and six American records, along with 61 SEC titles. A number of his student-athletes have represented their home countries in international competition.

Internationally he served as the middle distance assistant coach at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the head coach of the United States’ Indoor World Championships team in 2002 and an assistant coach at the 1997 Outdoor World Championships for Team USA.

He was a sub-four-minute miler during his time at Villanova

Chuck Hislop

Chuck Hislop – Weber State (Retired)

A USTFCCCA Hall of Fame after a 38-year career at Weber State, Chuck Hislop has long been one of the country’s leading authorities on distance running.

His historic career included 21 Big Sky team titles, including seven in cross country. He was a National Coach of the Year in cross country during the 1991 season when his Wildcat men finished fourth at nationals. His squads finished among the top 20 teams at NCAAs nine times during his tenure.

Specializing in the distance events with a particular expertise on the steeplechase, he has presented on technique and training to international audiences on multiple occasions and was the assistant coach for distance events at the 1996 Olympics.

He coached 1984 NCAA steeplechase champion Farley Gerber among 26 Wildcats who earned 46 All-America honors.

Iñigo San Millán

Dr. Iñigo San Millán – Anschutz Wellness (Colorado)

Iñigo San Millán, PhD, is the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and a faculty member of family medicine and sports medicine at the University of Colorado.

Dr. San Millán applies the latest tests, methodologies and approaches in applied exercise physiology and metabolism to help optimize the performance of athletes of all levels and sports. With more than 14 years of experience as an exercise physiologist and sports medicine advisor for many professional teams and elite athletes worldwide, Dr. San Millán is considered one of the top and most experienced applied physiologists in the world, and has worked with many elite and world class athletes and teams in sports including track and field, running, cycling, triathlon, rowing and basketball, including six pro tour cycling teams, a Tour de France winner and 16 Grand Tours podium finishers.

His areas of research and interest include exercise metabolism, fat and carbohydrate utilization during exercise, nutrition, sports performance and overtraining. A competitive cyclist and former professional cyclist, San Millán holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a doctorate from the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

John Gondak

John Gondak – Penn State

Named the interim head coach at Penn State this summer, Gondak earned the position in his ninth year after working with one of the top distance squads in the country in Happy Valley.

During his time in charge of the Nittany Lions’ distance and cross country programs, Gondak has coached 18 first-team All-Americans, 18 Big Ten Champions, 17 Penn State records, and three sub-4:00 milers.

In 2013, he coached Casimir Loxsom and Brannon Kidder to a second-third finish at 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming the first program since Michigan in 1945 with two top-three finishers for that event. Loxsom, the American collegiate record holder at 600 meters, had a particularly prolific career under Gondak’s watch. He won six Big Ten titles and earned six All-America honors.

His women’s cross country teams have qualified for the NCAA Championships each of the past five  years – finishing in the top 15 three times – and his men qualified in both 2008 and 2010.

Prior to Penn State, he spent eight years at Kentucky overseeing 25 All-America finishes and 19 All-SEC honors, as well as tenures at Georgia Tech and Toledo.


Chris Beene

Chris Beene – South Plains College

Entering his 12th season at the helm of the Texan Lady Texan track and field program is Chris Beene.  Since his arrival, Beene has led the Texans and Lady Texans to a combined 25 NJCAA Championships in men’s and women’s cross country, half marathon, indoor and outdoor track, all of which have flooded in since 2006.

With NJCAA outdoor team championship titles in 2014 is Texans and Lady Texans have swept the team crowns at nationals in five of the past six seasons. His men have won eight outdoor team titles in a row, just one shy of tying the all-time record of nine straight held by Blinn College.

Beene has coached athletes that currently hold nine NJCAA meet or national records.  His athletes have won more than 100 individual and relay national championships and countless All-American awards.

Beene came to South Plains College from Wayland Baptist University, where he was named Women’s NAIA Region 5 and 6 Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004.  He also earned Men’s Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004 and led his men’s team to a Sooner Athletic Conference championship in 2003.

Tom Hays

Tom Hays – Kansas

Tom Hays is entering his 10th season as the vertical jumps coach at Kansas, where he has developed a several of the nation’s top collegiate pole vaulters.

Most recently he guided Natalya Bartnovskaya to the 2013 NCAA Indoor women’s pole vault title with a school-record mark of 14-7¼ (4.45m) and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at 14-5¼ (4.40m). She also set an outdoor school record of 14-7¼ (4.45m) earlier in the season.

Before Bartnovskaya he coached Jordan Scott to the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships men’s pole vault title after he won both the indoor and outdoor Big 12 titles in the event, and Amy Linnen to the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships women’s pole vault titles.

Prior to coming to Kansas he built an Arizona pole vault program that produced 15 All-Americans, two national champions, two national runners-up and two collegiate record holders.

Dave Kerin

Dave Kerin – Middlebury (Retired)

Dave Kerin has long been an expert in the jumps events, and is now applying his expertise as USA Track & Field’s Men’s Development Chair and the event chair for the men’s and women’s high jump.

He has been at the forefront of research into the biomechanics of jumping events, particularly relating to eccentric-specific training over such traditional methods as weights and plyometrics.

During his 14 years as an assistant coach at Middlebury, Kerin turned Kristy Laramee into one of Division III’s all-time best high jumpers. She is a two-time outdoor national champion in the event in 1999 and 2001, winning in 1999 with a tie for the meet record at 5-11¼ (1.81m) – a record that still stands today.

She also holds the indoor national championships record with her 5-10¾ (1.80m) jump to win in 2000.

He also coached at the high school level for more than a decade.

Berry Shumpert

Berry Shumpert – Tennessee

One of the inaugural members of new director of track & field and cross country Beth Alford-Sullivan’s staff at Tennessee, Berry Shumpert has made a name for himself in the coaching industry since his four-year stint as volunteer coach for the Volunteers from 2001-04.

He served as the associate head coach at Coastal Carolina from 2006-2012, helping lead the team to eight Big South team titles, before coaching jumps and multi-events at Southern California and Purdue in each of the past two seasons, respectively.

This past year he guided Southern Cal’s Viktor Fajoyomi to a seventh-place decathlon finish at the NCAA Championships, while in 2013 he mentored Purdue’s Geoff Davis to third- and fifth-place finishes in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor and Indoor championships, respectively.

During his first tenure in Knoxville more than a decade ago, he helped coach an NCAA Champion, 13 All-Americans and nine all-SEC performers. He also worked with Tianna Madison, who would go on to sweep the 2005 indoor and outdoor championships in the long jump, as well as win the 2005 IAAF World Championships title.

He has also coached at Miami (Fla.), where he was named the 2005 and 2006 National Assistant Coach of the Year, and at Radford. He was an all-conference long jumper and triple jumper at Alabama A&M, and he went on to coach Blount High School and J.O. Johnson High School to state titles in 1994 and 1996

Terry VanLaningham

Terry VanLaningham – Sacramento State

In the decade since Terry VanLaningham became Sacramento State’s Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, the Hornet jumps, vault, and multis have experienced much success.

In his 10 seasons he has coached three NCAA All-Americans and two USATF Junior All-Americans, and his athletes have claimed 45 conference championships, qualified 44 times to the NCAA championship meets, earned 100 all-Big Sky accolades and have set 32 school records.

His athletes have won at least one and most often multiple Big Sky individual titles in the jumps events in each of his seasons in Sacramento.

Prior to arriving in Sacramento in 2005, he served as the assistant coach for jumps and multi-events at Wichita State. During his four years there he coached seven All-Americans, two NCAA runner-ups, 27 Missouri Valley Conference champions, nine school record holders, two MVC all-time record holders, six MVC Championship Meet record holders, and seven MVC Most Outstanding Field Athletes.

At Wichita State he also coached Randy Lewis to the 2004 Athens Olympics in the triple jump as the Grenadian national record-holder in the event.

Shawn Wilbourn

Shawn Wilbourn – Duke

Shawn Wilbourn is entering his seventh season in charge of Dukes combined event athletes, pole vaulters, sprinters and hurdlers.

Combined events have been particularly strong in Durham under Wilbourn’s tutelage, personified by decathlete/heptathlete Curtis Beach. Beach won NCAA indoor heptathlon national titles in both this past 2014 season and in 2012, and finished as an All-American several times outdoors.

During his Duke tenure, Wilbourn has coached two NCAA Champions, nine All-Americas, six ACC Champions, 18 All-ACC honors.  At the conclusion of the 2013 season, his athletes combined to own 21 school records.

Prior to working at Duke, Wilbourn held a similar position at Georgia after spending four years at Cortland State University, the last two as Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country. He was honored with numerous Atlantic Region and New York State Coach of the Year honors for his mentoring at Cortland State, while coaching 18 All-Americans and two national champions.

He was a 1996 Olympic Trials finalist in the decathlon and competed at the World Championships for Team USA in 1997.

Sprints, Hurdles and Relays

Dan Pfaff

Dan Pfaff – World Athletics Center

The World Athletics Center’s Education Director since 2013, Dan Pfaff has tutored 49 Olympians including nine medalists, 51 World Championship competitors (also nine medalists), and five world- record holders. Most recently he guided UK Athletics’ long jumper Greg Rutherford to the Olympic gold medal in 2012.

Through NCAA posts as the head coach at UTEP and as an assistant at Texas and LSU, he coached 29 individual national champions and 150 All-Americans, and has been on the coaching staffs of 17 NCAA team champions.

Dan has served on five Olympic Games coaching staffs in five different countries and nine World Championships staffs for six different countries. He has lectured in 27 countries and is published in over 20 countries.

Dan is the primary Mentor Coach for the Apprentice Coach Program, and is currently mentoring hundreds of coaches around the world. He is respected as perhaps the finest teacher of coaches in the track & field world, and is highly sought after by many professional organizations for his unique abilities to determine the correct course of action for often-injured athletes, or extremely difficult cases.

Caryl Smith Gilbert

Caryl Smith Gilbert – Southern California

Just one year into her tenure as the Director of Track & Field at Southern California after taking over for recent USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame inductee Ron Allice, Caryl Smith Gilbert has maintained the program’s prestigious tradition.

Her men’s team finished tied for fourth at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships with 29 points, while her women’s squad was tied for 16th with 15 points.

Smith Gilbert’s initial success in Los Angeles came on the heels of building a UCF women’s track & field program that finished fifth at both the 2013 indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I Championships behind the strength of numerous All-American sprinters and hurdlers.

At during her six years at UCF, her team won six Conference USA track & field team titles, and more than 100 times her student-athletes were named All-Americans.

Among the professionals she has coached is DeeDee Trotter, who won an individual bronze medal at 400 meters and a 4×400 relay gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

She was a three-time All-American sprinter at UCLA, where she won Pac-10 titles at 100 meters and in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Curtis Taylor

Curtis Taylor – Oregon

Curtis Taylor recently completed his first season as the sprints, hurdles and relays coach for the women’s team at Oregon. He helped Oregon’s women to win their fifth indoor national title in a row.

He assisted in coaching Phyllis Francis to the indoor American and collegiate records at 400 meters this year en route to an NCAA indoor title, as well as the collegaite-record 4×400 relay team that won its title at the line and clinched the Ducks’ overall team title.

Outdoors he helped guide high-point scorer Jenna Prandini to a runner-up finish at 200 meters and a third-place showing at 100 meters at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.

Prior to Oregon he served as the head coach of the women’s program at Laney College. His squads won California State Junior College Championships in both 2010 and 2012, and finished top-three five total times.

He has coached more than 50 high school and collegiate All-Americans.


John Baumann

John Baumann – Oklahoma State

Under 10th-year throws coach John Baumann, Oklahoma State’s throws program has moved to the next level.

No Oklahoma State thrower had ever earned All-America honors outdoors prior to 2013 when Nick Miller earned the award in the hammer throw, a feat he duplicated in 2014. In winning two Big 12 hammer throw titles in a row, Miller also became the first Cowboy to claim the event since 1901. He also set school records in the hammer throw and the indoor weight throw.

He has also coached Oklahoma State’s women’s throwers to great success, as two-thirds of the top-10 marks in school history in the indoor shot put and weight throw, and outdoor shot put, hammer throw, discus and javelin have been achieved under his tutelage.

Prior to arriving in Stillwater, Baumann coached Illinois’ field event athletes to school records in the hammer throw, discus and weight throw. He also coached at George Mason, and was a member of the staff that helped the Patriots win the 1996 NCAA men’s indoor title and finish runner-up outdoors.

He was a 10-time NAIA All-American in the shot put and discus at Doane (Neb.).

Craigh Carter

Craig Carter – Arizona

Since taking over the throws program at Arizona eight years ago, Craig Carter has produced numerous national and conference contenders in each of the throwing events.

Chief among his recent college charges are the duo of Julie Labonte and Alyssa Hasslen. Labonte had a particularly standout year in 2011 with national titles both indoors and outdoors in the shot put to go along with Canadian records in both.

She would later go on to rack up several more All-America honors, and to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympics in the shot put, while Hasslen finished sixth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the shot put.

Professionally, he has also coached Jill Camarena-Williams, a two-time Olympian and the first-ever American woman to medal in the shot put at the IAAF World Championships in 2011. She broke the American indoor shot put record in 2011 with a heave of 65-3¼ (19.89m).

Carter was a two-time NCAA All-American at Utah State in the weight throw and the hammer throw. He would eventually finish as high at the U.S. Outdoor Championships as seventh in the hammer throw in 1996 during the Olympic Trials.

Dave Dumble

Dave Dumble – Arizona State

No coach has produced more Division I throws champions in recent times as has Dave Dumble of Arizona State, now a decade-and-a-half into his tenure in Tempe.

 His throwers have won 16 national titles since he began at Arizona State, including six national titles in the discus and shot put by 2010 The Bowerman Finalist Ryan Whiting and four more by shot putter Jordan Clarke. He also coached Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley to two NCAA titles each.

Whiting won both the shot put and discus outdoors in 2010 under Dumble’s tutelage, nearly toppling the collegiate outdoor shot put record after successfully taking down the indoor record earlier in the year en route to an NCAA crown.

In 2013 he coached Clarke to an outdoor men’s NCAA shot put title and Anna Jelmini to the women’s discus NCAA title.

He also coached combined-event athlete Jacquelyn Johnson to seven NCAA titles before she ultimately went on to represent Team USA at the 2008 Olympics.

Dumble himself was a two-time All-American in the discus at UCLA in the mid-1990s.

Lynden Reder

Kurt Dunkel – Shippensburg

For more than 15 years, Kurt Dunkel has been contributing to Shippensburg’s domination of the PSAC track & field scene with top-notch performances by his throwers.

Since 1998, Kurt has coached 29 conference champions, 77 NCAA provisional qualifiers, 18 All-Americans, 18 school record holders, eight PSAC Championship record holders, one Academic All-American, and an NCAA National Champion.

Each of those accolades has helped Shippensburg win 34 PSAC titles or runner-up team efforts since 1999.

Dunkel has not only developed his own student-athletes, but has taken an active role in the education of throws coaches. He has written technical articles on the topics of javelin training, development and mechanics, and is a regular contributed to the throws-based publication "The Long and Strong Throwers Journal."

He himself was a standout javelin competitor during his collegiate career at Shippensburg, twice earning Division II All-America accolades with a pair of runner-up finishes in 1997 and 1998.

Mohamad Saatara

Pat Ebel, Penn State

Pat Ebel has made an immediate impact on the Nittany Lions’ throws program in his three seasons.

He guided javelin throwers Laura Loht and Lauren Kenney to multiple first-team All-America selections and Big Ten titles, and Will Barr to first-team All-America honors and a school record in the weight throw.

Even before arriving in Happy Valley, Ebel made his name as the throws coach at Division III power UW-Oshkosh. As the leader of the Titans’ throws program for more than a decade, he mentored 34 NCAA Division III individual champions and 150 total All-Americans.

His athletes at UW-Oshkosh recorded 24 all-time top-10 marks in Division III history in throwing events, and broke UW-Oshkosh school records 43 times. They also won 66 WIAC conference titles under his watch and set 14 WIAC records.

He served as the head coach at UW-Oshkosh from 2009 through 2012.

Mike Sergent

John Frazier – UCLA

After a decorated collegiate career at UCLA in the mid-1980s, John Frazier returned in 2014 to his alma mater as its men’s head coach and one of the country’s premier throws specialists.

He has already coached freshman Braheme Days, Jr., to a U.S. Junior record in the shot put, a USA Junior title in the shot put and a bronze medal finish at the IAAF World Junior Championships in the shot put.

At the NCAA level this year, he guided Julian Wruck as the senior earned All-America honors as the runner-up in the discus at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.

With 25 years of coaching experience now under his belt after tenures at Florida, Arizona and, most recently, Tennessee, Frazier has produced more than 45 All-Americans in the throws events. He also has coached four individual NCAA Division II champions from his time at Humboldt State and Cal State Los Angeles.

He served as the women’s throws coach at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, and has coached several U.S. Junior Champions and Olympic Trials qualifiers. Among the Trials qualifiers was Emily Carlsten, who finished third in the javelin at the 2000 edition under his tutelage.

April Smith

Janine Kuestner – Walsh

Now in her fifth year at Walsh, Janine Kuestner is in charge of coaching the Cavaliers’ throwers as well as designing weightlifting programs for all track & field athletes.

Since arriving in North Canton, she has guided student-athletes in the weight throw and hammer throw events, with several others who have scored at the GLIAC Championships.

She coached one year at CCNY, where she guided her student-athletes to CUNYAC titles in the women’s shot put, discus, hammer and javelin; and the men’s hammer throw.

She was the former school record-holder in the hammer throw at Tennessee, where she finished third in the discus at the SEC Championships. She competed one year at Ashland, where she finished third in the discus at the Division II Championships.

Derek Yush

Dan Pfaff – World Athletics Center

The World Athletics Center’s Education Director since 2013, Dan Pfaff has tutored 49 Olympians including nine medalists, 51 World Championship competitors (also nine medalists), and five world- record holders. Most recently he guided UK Athletics’ long jumper Greg Rutherford to the Olympic gold medal in 2012.

Through NCAA posts as the head coach at UTEP and as an assistant at Texas and LSU, he coached 29 individual national champions and 150 All-Americans, and has been on the coaching staffs of 17 NCAA team champions.

Dan has served on five Olympic Games coaching staffs in five different countries and nine World Championships staffs for six different countries. He has lectured in 27 countries and is published in over 20 countries.

Dan is the primary Mentor Coach for the Apprentice Coach Program, and is currently mentoring hundreds of coaches around the world. He is respected as perhaps the finest teacher of coaches in the track & field world, and is highly sought after by many professional organizations for his unique abilities to determine the correct course of action for often-injured athletes, or extremely difficult cases.

Assistant Coach Seminars

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Dr. Brenda Buffington – Air Force Human Performance Laboratory

Dr. Brenda Buffington is an exercise physiologist who serves as the assistant director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the United State Air Force Academy.

A former collegiate student-athlete at Otterbein who also coached at the high school level, Dr. Buffington now works at the Human Performance Laboratory to apply sport science principles to improve the performance of Air Force’s teams and athletes.

She has made numerous presentations to coaches, athletes and parents on such topics as energy management and sports psychology.

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Fred Harvey – Arizona

A mainstay at a program he has helped build into a perennial national contender over the course of nearly three decades.

Entering his 13th season as the head coach in Tucson after serving the previous 15 as an assistant and associate head coach, he has established a tradition of excellence at Arizona that has produced numerous national and conference accolades.

His men have finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships nine years in a row, while his women have recorded eight top-25 finishes in a row.

Individually, his student-athletes have combined for 23 individual NCAA titles and 25 men have combined for nearly 100 All-America honors, while 25 women have earned nearly 70 All-America certificates.

He has coached numerous Olympians and world-class athletes, including hurdler Georganne Moline, who competed in the 2012 Olympics 400-meter hurdles final.

Mike Holloway

Dan Tudor – Tudor Collegiate Strategies

Dan Tudor is the founder of Tudor Collegiate Strategies, a, organization focused on training college coaches how to recruit more effectively based on the latest national research.

Tudor hosts on-campus workshops, and presents at and hosts conferences nationwide designed to make collegiate coaches more effective recruiters.

His website not only has information about his workshops and conferences, but also an ongoing blog addressing the latest news and strategies in recruiting and resources available for purchase to help coaches develop and hone their recruiting technique.

Director of Operations Seminars (TBA)

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