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.
Find materials from the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 symposiums HERE.
|Assistant Coach Roundtables
|Directors of Ops
Scott Christensen, Stillwater HS
Scott Christensen has been the boys head cross country and head track coach at Stillwater High School in Minnesota since 1981. During that period Stillwater has won eleven state titles and has been ranked by The Harrier five different years in the National Top 10 High School Rankings. In 1997 Stillwater was named the National High School Champions in cross country.
In 2011, his team was a Nike Team Nationals finalist claiming 10th place in that event. Since 1995, five different Stillwater milers have captured Minnesota State 1600 meter titles. Since 2003, four different Stillwater alumni have run sub four minutes for the mile. That list includes: Luke Watson, Sean Graham, Jake Watson, and Ben Blankenship.
Christensen worked 13 years as an instructor in the USATF Level II Endurance Schools from 1997-2010 and is currently serving as the lead instructor of the Specialist Certification Course of the USTFCCCA Track & Field Academy. He is the co-author of the Endurance Curriculum of the Track & Field Academy program. He was USATF Chairman of Endurance Education from 1999-2010. In 2003 he served as the USA Junior Team Leader to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2008 served as the USA Senior Team Leader to the IAAF Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kirk Elias, Nevada & Dave Emmans, Wayzata HS
Elias, a 35-year veteran in the coaching profession, has been at the helm of the Nevada cross country program for more than 10 years. Those 35 years have given him an array of experience, having coached at the high school, NAIA, DI, DII, DIII and international levels.
While at Nevada, he has coached 14 all-conference runners and three Freshman of the Year honorees.
Emmans is the reigning USTFCCCA High School Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. The 23rd-year coach has built a Wayzata women’s cross country program that went from winning its first Minnesota Class AA state title in 2012 to winning the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals title – becoming the first team from outside the state of New York to claim the national crown.
Both Elias and Emmans are from Minnesota.
Rick Hammer, Edinboro
Now in his third year at Edinboro, Hammer is maintaining and building upon the long-lasting distance running legacy of his predecessor Doug Watts.
During the 2015 cross country season, his men’s and women’s squads outperformed their pre-NCAA Championships rankings with a pair of 15th-place finishes, following up on ninth- and 13th-place finishes in his debut campaign.
He came to Edinboro after a four-year tenure at Lewis, where he coached more than 40 runners to All-GLVC honors in track & field and cross country, nine All-Americans, 10 GLVC champions and two GLVC Freshmen of the Year.
Lance Harter, Arkansas
It was a good academic year for Harter in 2014-15, his 25th year at Arkansas. After being inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame in December, his women won the NCAA Indoor team title in front of the home crowd in Fayetteville for Arkansas’ first-ever national title in women’s athletics.
That national title was powered largely in part by national 3000-meter champion Dominique Scott, who also anchored the winning distance medley relay team. His Razorback women also made the podium outdoors with a fourth-place finish behind a pair of national runner-up finishes at 5000 and 10,000 meters by Scott. Scott also finished sixth overall in cross country to lead Arkansas to a fifth-place team finish.
Those performances are among the 28 top-10 NCAA Championships finishes recorded by the Razorbacks in Harter’s tenure.
Harter has achieved success wherever he’s gone. Before coming to Arkansas, he led Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo to 14 NCAA Division II national team titles in cross country (eight in a row) and track & field (six).
Stanley Redwine, Kansas
As a former world-class distance runner who is now a NCAA national team championship-winning head coach at Kansas, Redwine has experienced success at all levels.
The five-time IAAF World Championships team member and two-time USATF 800-meter champion was among the world’s best during his competitive heyday. Twice he won bronze at the Pan American Games at 800 meters, and twice he claimed silver at the Goodwill Games.
As the head coach at Kansas, he’s coached 15 NCAA individual champions, 98 individual Big 12 champions, 153 All-Americans, and four Olympians. In 2013, his Jayhawks won the first NCAA Outdoor team title in program history.
The 2013 Women’s Head Coach of the Year has also been the head coach of Team USA at the Pan Am Games in 2007.
Patrick Shane, BYU
Entering his 35th year at the helm of the women’s cross country program at BYU, Shane has fostered a tradition of excellence in Provo. In 1997, his cross country Cougars became the first women’s team in BYU school history to win a national title, a feat his squad replicated in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
Those four national crowns headline a run of success that includes 19 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and saw 29 runners earn a combined 48 All-America honors. Six of those women went on to become Olympians.
That national success manifested itself at the conference level, where his teams have won 24 conference titles between the WAC and Mountain West, and the regional level with his 16 region crowns.
Lance Coleman, Albion
Lance Coleman has been the head coach of the men’s and women’s track & field programs at Albion since 2011. He was named men’s coach the year prior after 15 years as serving as an assistant coach with the program.
During his coaching tenure at Albion, Coleman has been fortunate to work with some very talented student-athletes, including 33 MIAA champions, 43 all-MIAA selections, three MIAA most valuable performers and four MIAA record holders. Coleman’s student-athletes have also been successful at the national level with 17 qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championships and six of them achieving NCAA Division III All-American status and one earning a national championship (Nick Morgan in the 110-meter high hurdles in 2004). Coleman was also part of the 2004 MIAA track & field championship squad.
Coleman’s coaching philosophy includes cultivating positive, lifelong relationships with student-athletes while mentoring them for success in the competition, classroom and life.
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. His athletes have not only racked up individual accolades, but have also helped the Razorbacks to an NCAA Indoor Track & Field national team title in 2013.
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.
He was recognized as the National Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2013 men’s indoor track & field season, and has twice more been honored at the regional level.
Geopfert himself was a standout decathlete at Northern Iowa, where he was an All-American and a three-time MVC champion. He also competed at the Thorpe Cup three times and at the USA Championships six times.
Chad Gunnelson, Dubuque
Chad Gunnelson is in his fourth year leading the University of Dubuque Track & Field and Cross Country programs. 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 time at UD.
He has coached eight individuals to the NCAA Championships, resulting in one national champion and four USTFCCCA All-American honors. Within the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), he has coached 21 Conference Champions and 112 All-Conference Performers.
Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. At Madison East, Gunnelson coached 22 school record holders and back-to-back state champions in 2010 and 2011.
Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility near Madison. Over 600 youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes trained and improved their athletic ability each year.
Petros Kyprianou, Georgia
Two-time reigning National Assistant Coach of the Year Petros Kyprianou was recently promoted to head coach of the Georgia track & field and cross country programs.
Kyprianou recently finished his seventh year with Georgia’s, during which his crew won four NCAA titles and six Southeastern Conference individual titles. His group accounted for 93 NCAA combined points and 133½ SEC combined points, set two American Junior Records, a collegiate/NCAA Championships record in the pentathlon and six SEC Championships Records.
In 2014, Kyprianou guided his crew to a school record five NCAA individual titles, a World Junior Championships record and title, six SEC championships and the 100-meter hurdle crown at the USATF Junior Championships. In addition to his national and league champions, Kyprianou boasted 10 NCAA First Team All-America certificates that led to 74½ combined points scored at the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets and 95 points at the SEC Championships.
Kyprianou spent two seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha before arriving at Boise State – where he coached the Broncos to 21 WAC individual titles and four All-America honors – and coached the men and women’s combined events for the Greek national team from 2001-2005.
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 Marquis Dendy to three consecutive sweeps of the NCAA Division I long jump and triple jump titles. The Bowerman Trophy finalist claimed both events at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and the 2015 Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
His athletes have claimed NCAA outdoor triple jump titles in three consecutive seasons, contributing to an overall streak of six in a row for Florida – the most dominant streak by one team in the event’s history.
He also coached Ciarra Brewer to the NCAA Indoor triple jump national title in 2015.
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.
Andy Eggerth, Kennesaw State
Going into his sixth year as director of track & field and cross country at Kennesaw State, Andy Eggerth has become one of the most successful coaches in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The past five years have seen Eggerth’s Owls claim four A-Sun men’s indoor team titles in a row and four of the past five A-Sun outdoor team titles. During that time he has coached 64 individual men’s champions of the Atlantic Sun with an additional 44 women claiming A-Sun crowns.
He has also coached at Kansas State and UAB, as well as serving as the track & field director at the National Sports Center.
Ronnye Harrison, Oklahoma
Harrison has been at the head of the Portland State track & field and cross country programs since 2008. During that time under Harrison’s guidance, the Vikings’ sprints corps has developed into a Big Sky Conference perennial contender. Since 2008, his PSU athletes have claimed 36 conference titles; two thirds of those have come in the sprints. Overall, his athletes have also earned 31 silver medals and 28 bronze medals at the Big Sky Championships.
In fact, his female sprinters have set a combined six Big Sky records in every sprint event 200 meters or shorter over the better part of the last decade.
His program has produced six NCAA Championships qualifiers, including a first-team All-American and three second-team All-Americans.
Fred Harvey, Arizona
A mainstay at Arizona, Harvey has helped build the program into a perennial national contender over the course of nearly three decades.
Now in his 15th 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 10 years in a row, while his women recently 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 107 All-America honors, while 25 women have earned nearly 77 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.
Clive Roberts, Iowa
Roberts has been in charge of the Hawkeyes’ women’s sprints, hurdles and relays (as well as the horizontal jumps) for the past six years, including a recent promotion to associate head coach.
During that time, he’s coached his student-athletes to 14 Big Ten titles, 26 All-America honors and 16 school records. A pair of those school records came this year at both 100 and 200 meters, with the 400-meter relay and 1600-meter relay records having fallen a year ago.
In 2015, his women sprinters got a win and two runner-up finishes to score 36 of Iowa’s 52 points at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, and 18 of its 22 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Two of his athletes went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, both of whom were sophomores.
Katie Wagner, UW-La Crosse
Going into her seventh year as the UW-La Crosse assistant coach for the women’s hurdles (as well as the jumps and combined events), Wagner has achieved phenomenal success as the NCAA Division III level. She is a three-time indoor USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year, with another award from the outdoor season.
As part of an indoor-outdoor team national title sweep in 2015, she coached Marissa Mahr to the NCAA Division III title in the 400-meter hurdles, after Mahr led a 1-3 UW-La Crosse finish in the event at the WIAC Championships.
She had just as much success as the shorter distance. Her women swept the top three spots in the 100-meter hurdles at the WIAC Outdoor Championships and went on to take three of the top seven spots at the NCAA Championships, including two of the top four. UWL also went 1-2-3 at the WIAC Indoor Championships before taking three of the top six spots at NCAAs.
Gary Winckler, Illinois/Florida State (Retired)
Nationally regarded as one of the nation’s most premier coaches, USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Gary Winckler’s Illinois teams regularly battled for Big Ten Conference Championships, winning a total of 11 during his time in Champaign. He was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year 11 times, the 2007 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year, and was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year three times.
Winckler-coached athletes earned 266 Big Ten individual titles and over 175 All-American honors. Dating back to 1992 Winckler has had an athlete compete in every World Championship and Olympic Games.
Prior to his arrival on the Illinois campus Winckler coached at Florida State University, leading the FSU women to the 1984 NCAA outdoor title and the 1985 NCAA indoor title. His 1984 team scored the second-most points (145) in NCAA history at the women’s outdoor championships. Winckler coached over 100 All-Americans while at Florida State.
Sandy Fowler, Michigan
A former world-class thrower, Fowler is starting her fifth year as an assistant with the Michigan women’s program.
Prior to joining the staff at Michigan, Fowler, a nine-time All-American, national champion and Olympian enjoyed a successful 14-year stint as the head women’s track and field coach at the University of Alabama (1998-2011).
During her tenure at Alabama, Fowler guided nearly 30 student-athletes to All-America status and produced one national champion, one NCAA Top 8 Award winner and more than 40 All-SEC selections.
Prior to taking the reins at Alabama, Fowler spent eight years as the field events coach at the University of Florida (1990-97), where she mentored four student-athletes to seven All-America accolades at Florida.
Internationally, she represented Team USA as the heach coach at the 2005 IAAF World Championships and as an assistant coach at the 2014 Pan-American Sports Festival and the 2013 IAAF World Championships.
While competing at Northeastern, she was the 1982 AIAW champion in the shot put and a nine-time All-American. She was named an alternate for the 1980 Olympics and competed at both the World University Games and Pan Pacific Games in 1981.
Brian Mondschein, Princeton
Brian Mondschein has been a prominent coach for decades and his latest tenure at Princeton as assistant coach continues a great career.
Mondschein came to Princeton from Southeastern Louisiana where he was an assistant coach from 2007-2012. He primarily worked with the throwers and multi-event athletes. Mondschein helped to coach nine conference champions, 20 all-conference selections and two All-Americas.
Prior to joining the Lions’ staff, Mondschein spent 14 years at Kutztown University, where he turned the program around and dominated the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). In 14 years, the team won 18 conference titles, had 90 individual conference champions and 38 earned All-America honors. Mondschein was named the USTFCCCA Regional Coach of the Year nine times and the PSAC Coach of the Year 10 times.
A 1977 graduate of the University of Washington, Mondschein was an All-American in the decathlon finishing seventh at the NCAAs his senior year. Four years earlier, in 1973, he was part of the US junior 4×400 relay that posted a then-junior world record.
His father Irv was a longtime coach at Penn from 1967-1987. A member of the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame, Irv competed in the 1948 Olympics in the decathlon and was an assistant coach of the 1988 Olympic team.
Mark Rodriguez, UTEP
Mark Rodriguez, currently an assistant throws coach at UTEP, has nearly a three-decade career of coaching spanning stops at Purdue, Miami (Ohio), Indiana State, and on the NCAA Division III level.
In 2015, Rodriguez advanced Samantha Hall in the women’s discus and Rasmus Maukonen in the men’s javelin to the NCAA Division I Outdoor finals in Eugene.
During his time at Purdue his women throwers outscored the rest of the league’s throwers and accounted for 50 percent of the team’s total points. His freshman thrower won the Big Ten Athlete of the Year after claiming gold in the weight throw at the 2011 Big Ten Women’s Indoor Championships. He coached All-American Dani Bunch in the weight throw, and recruited top-10 thrower Chukwuebuka Enekwechi.
At the NCAA Division III level, he coached at Buena Vista University and Manchester University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1994. He was voted the 2004 Official of the Year for Indiana for all the improvements he made in coordinating the officials for the NCAA Cross Country Nationals. Six of Rodriguez’s former athletes have been inducted into their respective school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Derek Yush, LSU
The LSU throws group has flourished in eight seasons under the direction of assistant coach Derek Yush. In a short period of time, Yush has guided the Tigers to a national discus title, nearly 20 USTFCCCA All-America honors and no less than ten SEC league titles. In addition, Yush was named the 2010 USTFCCCA Men’s South Central Region Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
Yush was honored following the 2012 season as he had the privilege of serving as the men’s throws coach for Team USA at the North American, Central American & Caribbean Under-23 Championships held in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Since Yush joined the LSU coaching staff in 2008, the Lady Tigers have taken home six SEC championships and one NCAA championship as they continue to add to trophy case as the premier women’s program in collegiate track and field. In fact, the Tigers and Lady Tigers have now combined for 19 top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships between the indoor and outdoor seasons since 2008.
Yush came to LSU in 2007 after spending eight seasons at the University of Rhode Island, where he helped lead the squad to 11 Atlantic-10 Conference titles from 2001-07, including five indoor and six outdoor crowns during his tenure.