Convention Symposiums

Throws Symposiums

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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, 2014 and 2015 symposiums HERE.

Biographies courtesy of the coaches’ respective schools.

Symposium Disciplines

Endurance Jumps Sprints/Hurdles/Relays Throws
       
Assistant Coach Seminars Assistant Coach Roundtables High School Directors of Ops

Endurance Symposiums

Desmond Dunham, Woodrow Wilson SHS

Desmond DunhamTOPIC: 800 Meter Training and Tactics
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 11:15am – 12:15pm

In 2014 Desmond Dunham was presented with the Brooks Inspiring Coaches National Award for his impact on amateur athletes.

Dunham’s initial coaching years were spent in the youth arena, as he developed a year-round running program, the DC Redwings Youth Program, Inc., that became a national powerhouse in youth cross-country and track & field, garnering over 50 Junior Olympic All-Americans and 5 cross-country national team championships from 1998-2005. Dunham has coached five athletes that have competed at the Olympic Trials, one of which competed in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Coaching Maryland cross country & distance in 2008-12, he guided the first woman to claim All-ACC honors in 16 years, who also was the first to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Nationals in 26 years. While at Maryland, Dunham also served as the NCAA Women’s Mid-Atlantic Cross-Country Regional Chair

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Claire Hewitt, Earlham

CLaire HewittTOPIC: The Importance of Good Supporting Actors – Appreciating the Value in Every Role
Tuesday, Dec. 13 \ 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Hewitt enters her first season as co-head coach of the Earlham cross country and track & field teams. She most recently spent two seasons as the director of operations and assistant distance coachat Penn.

Prior to making the move back to her alma mater, she served six years as a distance assistant coach for St. Joseph’s. She handled the day-to-day coaching responsibility for women’s cross country in 2012 and 2013.

In 2013 she coached four ECAC All-East Team selections and an Atlantic 10 All-Conference runner. She coached a combined 32 All-Conference performers.

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Sean Graham, Kentucky

Sean GrahamTOPIC: Developing Three-Season Athletes
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Sean Graham has proven to be one of the nation’s best men’s distance and cross country coaches since his arrival at UK in 2013.

Under Graham’s direction Keffri Neal claimed the 2014 NCAA 800m Bronze Medal, won three Southeastern Conference titles and the Canadian Silver and Matt Hillenbrand won two SEC titles and was a mile and 1,500m All-American.

Most recently, Jacob Thomson won both the SEC 5k and 10k Championships at the 2016 SEC Outdoor Championships. Thomson was the SEC Silver Medalist in the indoor 5k in 2016. He was a NCAA Championships qualifier in cross country.

He previously served as an assistant at American under Matt Centrowitz and as a volunteer assistant at George Mason. He competed at William and Mary and was an Olympic Trials finalist at 5000 meters in 2004.

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Lee LaBadie, Akron

Lee LaBadieTOPIC: Middle Distance Racing
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Lee LaBadie was the coach behind the rise of Clayton Murphy to Olympic Bronze Medalist and one of the fastest Americans of all time at 800 meters.

Murphy had a phenomenal 2016 season under LaBadie’s tutelage. Murphy won the NCAA Indoor 800 meter national title in March, and followed it up with an NCAA Outdoor 1500-meter title outdoors in June. Murphy kept on winning in June and August, claiming the USTFCCCA Outdoor title in July and winning Bronze at the Rio Olympics in August.

Over the span of two years, LaBadie coached Murphy from having never broken 1:50 in 2014 to running 1:42.93 in the Rio Final to become the third-fastest American in history.

While at Ohio State in the early 90s, LaBadie coached a pair of Olympians who went on to become well-respected distance coaches in their own right: Robert Gary and Mark Croghan. The two combined for five Olympic appearances in the steeplechase.

In 1971, he was the first Big Ten undergraduate to run the mile in under four minutes.

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Carrie Lane, Track & Field Academy

TOPIC: Implementing a Strength and Power Training Program for Endurance Runners
Friday, Dec. 16 | 8:30am – 9:30am

Carrie brings 17 years of high level coaching experience to Peak Energy PT. Carrie has been a USA National Team coach for 3 IAAF Track and Field World Championships Teams and from 2006-09, was the personal coach for Olympic gold medalist shot putter, Adam Nelson. Carrie coached Adam to a silver medal in the 2007 IAAF World Championships, and to the farthest shot put throw in the world in 2008.

Carrie also coached Chad Wright, the NCAA Champion in the men’s discus in 2012 and the Jamaican national champion in 2013 and 2014. She coached for 15 years at the NCAA Division I level, with stints at Coastal Carolina University, University of Virginia, and most recently at the University of Nebraska.

She has coached 23 NCAA First Team All Americans, 4 Big Ten champions, and 9 ACC champions.

She has a strong background in coaching the mechanics of all athletic movement. She is a certified strength and conditioning coach with the NSCA and the USTFCCCA (US Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association). She is also an instructor for the USTFCCCA Coaches’ Academy, where she teaches other coaches about periodized training program design, weight training, biomechanics, and event-specific technique.

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Kevin Sullivan, Michigan

TOPIC: Examination of the Training Program of Mason Ferlic – National Champion Steeplechaser
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 4pm – 5pm

Kevin Sullivan is in the midst of his third season at the helm of the Michigan cross country program, while also serving as an assistant track & field coach.

In just his second season leading the Maize and Blue, Sullivan coached the team to its first sweep of the Big Ten and NCAA Great Lakes Regional titles with a top-10 NCAA finish since his senior season in 1997. U-M placed ninth at the national championships, the program’s best finish since 2003.

On the track, he guided Mason Ferlic to the NCAA Outdoor Championships steeplechase title in 2016.

The most decorated runner in school history, Sullivan was a 16-time Big Ten champion and a 14-time NCAA All-American during his Michigan career. He won four NCAA titles, claiming top honors in the mile (1995 and 1998) and the distance medley relay (1995) during the indoor season, and the 1500m run at the 1995 outdoor championships. Sullivan was a nine-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, earning the honor each of his four years in cross country, three times in indoor track and field and twice outdoors.

Sullivan was a three-time Olympian for Canada, competing in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games. He placed fifth in the 1500m run at the 2000 Olympics and is Canada’s record holder in three events.

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Doug Watts, Edinboro (Retired)

Doug WattsTOPIC: Old School Distance and XC Running Training
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 10am – 11am

Doug Watts built up a legendary list of accomplishments during almost a half century of coaching and teaching.

He arrived at Edinboro in 1969 and in the 44 years of his tenure he produced a total of six national championships, including back-to-back-to-back NCAA Division II titles from 1986 through 1988 and back-to-back NAIA titles in 1975 and 1976. His teams can also boast six Division II runner-up trophies, plus finishes of third (twice), fourth (three times), fifth, sixth (twice), seventh (three times), eighth (three times) and ninth (twice). In all, he has coached nine national champions in cross country and track & field.

Edinboro cross country long ago set the standard of excellence in the region under Watts. His men’s teams have won 29 PSAC championships and 22 regional titles, with four cross country national champions. On the women’s side, his teams have finished in the top five at Nationals on five occasions, including a second place showing in 2004, along with 15 PSAC crowns and 11 regional titles.

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Stacie Wentz, Assumption

Stacie WentzTOPIC: Training for the Steeplechase
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 6pm – 7pm

Wentz is in her fourth season as the Assumption College cross country and track & field head coach.

Under her guidance, the women’s cross country team went from finishing 23rd in the NCAA DII East Regional at the start of her tenure to qualifying in 2016 for its first-ever NCAA DII Championships. Her team finished a program-best second in the East Region.

In previous the spring track & field season, her Hounds scored a program-best 77 points – more than Assumption had scored in the previous six league meets combined.

Her success at Assumption comes after a run as the assistant coach at Johns Hopkins from 2009 through 2013. During that time, she helped the Blue Jays to the 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country national team title.

She ran cross country and track & field at Salisbury, where she still remains a member of the school-record 4×800 relay team.

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Jumps Symposiums

Bryan Compton, Arkansas

Bryan ComptonTOPIC: Pole Vault
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 11:15am – 12:15pm

In 17 years of working with the Razorback field event personnel and multi-event competitors, Compton’s student- athletes have earned 66 All-American honors which averages to a little more than four All-Americans a year.

In 2016, he guided freshman Lexi Weeks to both the indoor and outdoor national titles, and eventually to a berth at the 2016 Olympics. She became the first freshman collegiate woman to clear 15 feet both indoors and outdoors.

Additionally under his watch over 20 school records have been set, not including numerous heptathlon marks.

Among those were three collegiate records in the pole vault (Tina Sutej in 2012 and Sandi Morris in 2015) and the heptathlon (Makeba Alcide).

Sandi Morris improved her career-best by more than 40 centimeters under Compton’s tutelage during her undergraduate career, and would eventually earn an NCAA indoor title and an outdoor runner-up mark. She has gone on to finish as the silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics and the fourth-place finisher at the 2015 IAAF World Outdoor Championships.

Compton continues to work with Morris as a professional. She became just the second woman ever to clear 5 meters outdoors in 2016, adding an additional 28 centimeters to her total improvement under Compton’s guidance.

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Brad Hackett, Muhlenberg

Brad HackettTOPIC: A Comprehensive Analysis of Triple Jump Technique and Drills
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Brad Hackett was hired as Muhlenberg’s coordinator of cross country and track and field and head coach of track and field in September 1999 and has led the Mules to unprecedented heights in his first 17 seasons.

The Mules have broken or tied more than 80 school records and sent representatives to the NCAA Division III Championships 16 of the 17 years, with 14 earning All-America status. For the first time in 2013, Muhlenberg had three different athletes earn All-America honors in individual events, and the men’s and women’s teams both produced All-Americans in the same year for the first time.

From 1998 to 2005, Hackett served as chair of the Men’s Development Committee for USA Track and Field, the sport’s governing body in this country. He was responsible for all aspects of men’s development in all events, including talent identification and athlete tracking at the junior elite, emerging elite and elite levels.

Hackett, who also is Muhlenberg’s director of intramurals and recreation, served as head manager of the United States team for the 2002 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Cup, held in Madrid, Spain; assistant manager for the 2001 Outdoor World Championships in Edmonton; and head manager at the 2007 Junior Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ed Jacoby, Boise State (Retired)

TOPIC: Coaching the High Jump
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 6pm – 7pm

Ed Jacoby, a USTFCCCA Hall of Fame member, retired from Boise State in 1997 after 24 years as head track & field coach, a tenure that included numerous team successes and 13 Coach of the Year honors.

He was the head of the physical education department and track coach at College of the Canyons in California from 1969 to 1974 and a high school track coach from 1962 to 1969. In 1969 he took over as head track & field coach at Boise State where he was three-time NCAA District Coach of the Year and ten-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.

Jacoby served as high jump coordinator for USA Track & Field for eight years and a member of the staff for three USA national teams, including the 1992 Olympic team. He is the author of three books on track & field and a historian of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe. In commemoration of his accomplishments, the track at Boise State University is named in his honor. His son, Jake Jacoby, is an assistant track & field coach at University of Louisville.

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Carl Lewis, Houston

Carl LewisTOPIC: Long Jump – The Perfect Method
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 4pm – 5pm

Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist and 10-time IAAF World Championships medalist, currently serves as an assistant coach in the jumps and sprints at his alma mater, Houston.

His achievements are unprecedented in track and field: He is one of two athletes to win nine Olympic gold medals. Similarly, he is one of two to win four golds in the same event. He also won 10 medals, including eight golds, at the World Outdoor Championships, the most by any athlete in the world.

In Los Angeles, he matched Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat with four gold medals in the same events — the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay. Lewis’ talent was matched by his longevity. At the 1988 Olympics, he won the 100 meters and long jump. In 1992, he again won the long jump as well as the 4x100m, anchoring the U.S. team to a world record of 37.40.

He jumped a career-best 29-1.25 at the 1991 World Championships, topped only by a world-record from Mike Powell. The loss snapped a streak of 65 consecutive long jump wins.

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Harry Marra

Harry MaraTOPIC 1: Technical Excellence in Coaching
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 8:30pm – 9:30pm

TOPIC 2: Med Ball Skill & Training Program
Wednesday, Dec. 15 | 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Harry Marra has nearly 50 years of experience in athletics, ranging from youth track & field on through working with the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball.

He’s best known, however, as the coach of two of the best multi-event athletes in the world: Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton.

Under his watchful eye, Ashton Eaton has blossommed into the greatest combined event athlete in the history of the world. Eaton has twice won the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon, twice broken the world record in the decathlon, twice won IAAF World Championships decathlon titles, three times won IAAF World Indoor Championships heptathlon titles, and three times broken the world record in the heptathlon.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton has won gold medals in the IAAF World Indoor Championships pentathlon and the Commonwealth Games heptathlon, a pair of silver medals in the IAAF World Championships heptathlon and another in the IAAF World Indoor pentathlon, and a heptathlon bronze in Rio this past summer.

Boo Schexnayder

Boo SchexnayderTOPIC 1: Technical Teaching and Peaking While Battling the Eight-Hour Rule
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 10am – 11am

TOPIC 2: Year-long Management of Horizontal Jumpers
Friday, Dec. 16 | 8:30am – 9:30am

Schexnayder is currently the Director of the Track & Field Academy. In addition to that role, Schexnayder oversees all progression of course curriculum.

In an illustrious career that has spanned three decades, Schexnayder coached 19 NCAA champions in field events, was a part of 12 NCAA championship teams and saw athletes shattered long-standing records. Schexnayder also served as the jumps coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

He began his coaching career at St. James (La.) High School in 1984 and over the next 23 years saw success at Blinn (Texas) Junior College, Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU.

He was named the 2015 recipient of the USTFCCCA’s George Dales Award as a distinguished individual who, through their efforts, has enhanced the profession of coaching track and field and cross country.

Sprints & Hurdles Symposiums

Vince Anderson, Texas A&M

Vince AndersonTOPIC: Considerations in 400-Meter Hurdles Training
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 11:15am – 12:15pm

Vince Anderson is entering his 32nd year of collegiate coaching this season. He is starting his 13th year at Texas A&M, where he has trained men and women hurdlers and women’s sprinters, since 2005.

Before coaching at Texas A&M, Anderson coached 16 balanced years at the University of Tennessee. Starting at Tennessee in the summer of 1988, Anderson first trained women’s sprints and hurdles for eight years, then followed with an eight year stint as the men’s sprints, hurdles and jumps coach, through the  2004 season.

Anderson began coaching as a completely inexperienced volunteer assistant on the staff of Tom Tellez at the University of Houston, from 1986 through 1988. During those three invaluable seasons at UH, Anderson was blessed to witness the training of several champions, through the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Anderson has trained NCAA champions in every sprint, hurdle and relay event – a feat it took him 29 coaching years to accomplish. Anderson is grateful to have assisted nine NCAA Outdoor Championship teams – eight at Texas A&M and one at Tennessee. Anderson also assisted for one NCAA Indoor championship squad at Tennessee in 2002. 

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Benjamin Dalton, New Orleans

TOPIC: Refinement of the Process-Changing Demands for the Modern Sprints/Hurdles Coach
Friday, Dec. 16 | 8:30am – 9:30am

New Orleans Head Coach Benjamin Dalton enters his fourth season with the Privateers and second as the program’s head coach. Dalton heads up both the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams and has directed clear course for the University of New Orleans’s success both on and off the track, molding it into a premier program in the Southland Conference.

In his first year on the Lakefront, Dalton was part of a staff that coached the Privateers’ first track and field competitor at NCAA Nationals when Karl Saluri qualified in the decathlon. Dalton helped guide sprinter, Darius Roy to a successful freshman season as an NCAA competitor, All-Southland and All-LSWA Freshman of the Year.

Prior to his time in New Orleans, he served as an assistant coach at both Texas and LSU. He worked with such All-American athletes as Keiron Stewart and Barrett Nugent, the latter of whom was a two-tim NCAA runner-up in the hurdles.

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Carl Lewis, Houston

Carl LewisTOPIC: Sprints – The Perfect Method
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medalist and 10-time IAAF World Championships medalist, currently serves as an assistant coach in the jumps and sprints at his alma mater, Houston.

His achievements are unprecedented in track and field: He is one of two athletes to win nine Olympic gold medals. Similarly, he is one of two to win four golds in the same event. He also won 10 medals, including eight golds, at the World Outdoor Championships, the most by any athlete in the world.

In Los Angeles, he matched Jesse Owens’ 1936 feat with four gold medals in the same events — the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay. Lewis’ talent was matched by his longevity. At the 1988 Olympics, he won the 100 meters and long jump. In 1992, he again won the long jump as well as the 4x100m, anchoring the U.S. team to a world record of 37.40.

He jumped a career-best 29-1.25 at the 1991 World Championships, topped only by a world-record from Mike Powell. The loss snapped a streak of 65 consecutive long jump wins.

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Loren Seagrave, IMG Academy

Loren SeagraveTOPIC 1: Short Sprints Training
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 8:30pm – 9:30pm

TOPIC 2: Race Modeling for Sprints
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Seagrave is one of the most renowned speed coaches in the world. In 1998, he began working as a speed and conditioning coach with the Atlanta Falcons during the off-season training program, and helped propel them to the Super Bowl. Some of his NFL pupils include Eddie George, Mo Lewis, Dorsey Levens, Tyrone Poole, Marco Coleman, Willie Clay, Terrell Davis, Tony Romo, Roy Williams, Marc Columbo, and Hershel Walker.

Seagrave has also worked with numerous runners and tri-athletes on increasing running efficiency. Establishing a reputation in track and field as one of the best sprint and hurdle coaches in the world, Seagrave has worked with countless Olympic and World Champions. In 2000, Seagrave co-coached 6 Olympians from 5 different countries, including the Gold Medalist in the 200-meters, Pauline Davis. He also served as Head Olympic Coach for Liberia, recording two national records in the Men’s 4 X 100-meter Relay. In 1998, Seagrave was sought out to direct the training of 100-meter Olympic Champion and World Record Holder Donovan Bailey.

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Althea Thomas, Clemson

Althea ThomasTOPIC: Training the Developmental 400m Athlete for Elite Performance
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 4pm – 5pm

Thomas enters her fourth season as an assistant coach at Clemson for the sprints, hurdles and relays.

Thomas had a major impact across the board for Clemson’s improvement on the men’s and women’s side in 2014-15. She was a part of the staff that led the women to an ACC Indoor and Outdoor Championships sweep, just one year after the program’s best finish was eighth.

She also coached Cordell Lamb to a USA Junior Championship over 400 meters.

Prior to Clemson, she coached at Purdue, Kentucky and UAB. SHe also served as the head coach of the Alabama Striders Track Club from 2005 through 2010. She was a member of two NCAA Championship teams at LSU during her collegiate career.

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Kebba Tolbert, Harvard

Kebba TolbertTOPIC: An Approach to Developing Specific Endurance in the Sprints and Hurdles
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 6pm – 7pm

Kebba Tolbert is in his sixth season as the women’s sprints/hurdles and horizontal jumps coach for Harvard in 2016-17 and fifth as associate head coach of the squad.

Tolbert’s team reached new heights in 2016, with three student-athletes earning both All-America nods and invitations to the USATF Olympic Trials. Gabby Thomas rewrote the sprinting record books, breaking the top marks in the indoor 60 meters and outdoor 100- and 200-meter runs, while Autumne Franklin established a firm grasp on the top 100- and 400-meter hurdle records.

The school and conference records in the sprint relays were also shattered in 2016. Tolbert was named the USATFCCCA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the outdoor campaign, his second in-a-row.

 

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Jim Vahrenkamp, Queens (N.C.)

Kebba TolbertTOPIC: Diagnosing, Understanding and Solving Hamstring Injuries: Practical Concepts and Strategies for Dealing with Major Setbacks
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 10am – 11am

Vahrenkamp enters his fourth season with the Royals after three successful years rebuilding the cross country and track & field programs.

This past 2016 season was a banner year for the Queens track & field program, as Nikia Squire won the NCAA DII Outdoor national title in the long jump and was the national runner-up in the 100. That performance propelled Queens to a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Indoors, Squire was the national champion at 60 meters and the runner-up in the long jump, again scoring 18 points to boost Queens to a share of 11th place in the team standings.

His Queens men’s and women’s teams have swept the SAC Outdoor Championships in each of the past two seasons.

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Throws Symposiums

Michele Curcio, Lafayette

Michele CurcioTOPIC: A Holistic Approach to Javelin Training – What Can You Do When Not Throwing?
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 11:15am – 12:15pm

Michele Curcio is in her third season as the head coach of Lafayette’s cross country and track & field programs, after previously spending 14 seasons as an assistant for the program.

Curcio, who worked primarily with the throwers, pole vaulters and combined athletes as an assistant, now supervises all aspects of the team in her head coaching role.

In her first 16 seasons, Curcio has coached 35 Patriot League Champions, 31 All-East performers, a two-time ECAC Champion, a three-time Penn Relays Champion, as well as 19 NCAA Regional qualifiers. In addition, Curcio’s athletes have set 26 school records.

In 2009, Curcio mentored Seamas McGuire ’10 to a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin. She coached Ashley Harbin ’08 to four NCAA Championship meets in the hammer and weight throws. She also guided both Harbin (Hammer) and post collegiate Barry Krammes (Javelin) to berths at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.

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Nathan Fanger, Kent State

Mohamad SaataraTOPIC: Creating Discus Separation
Friday, Dec. 16 | 8:30am – 9:30am

One of the longest-tenured track and field coaches in the Mid-American Conference, Kent State graduate Nathan Fanger ‘00 is in his 13th season as a member of the coaching staff and is in charge of the throwers.

With the Kent State program already widely regarded for success in those events, Fanger has taken the team to new heights during his tenure on the coaching staff. Under his guidance, 50 throwers have won MAC championships, 54 have qualified for NCAA Regional meets, 33 have qualified for the NCAA Championships and 14 have earned All-America status.

In 2014, Fanger directed Matthias Tayala to a National title in the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA Division I Outdoor National Championships. Fanger also guided Danniel Thomas to a second place in the women’s discus at the outdoor championships.

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Lynden Reder

Steve LemkeTOPIC: Hammer Coaching
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Reder established Minnesota as a premiere program at the Big Ten and NCAA level. One of the deepest and most accomplished throwing event groups in the county, Gopher throwers ranked first statistically in all NCAA throws programs in 2013.

In six seasons at Minnesota Reder coached 15 NCAA All-Americans and 10 Big Ten Champions. Since joining the staff for the 2008-2009 season the Gophers have scored more Big Ten points than any other program in the throwing events.

A former All-American Golden Gopher track athlete himself, Reder walked on in 1999 and went on to become a team captain and a four year letter winner. In his senior season he earned All-American honors and provisionally qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials outdoors. His All-American finish at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships marked the first in Minnesota history in that event. He was a three-time NCAA championships qualifier and completed his Minnesota career as the school record holder in the weight throw (67-2 1/4, 20.48m) and the hammer throw (215-9, 65.76m).

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Mohamad Saatara, California

Mohamad SaataraTOPIC: Teaching the Hammer Throw
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Saatara is in his third season overseeing the throws and pole vault for California program.

Saatara has coached and consulted 7 Olympians during the 2008 and 2012 Olympiads. He has also coached national and international level athletes who have set national and international records. Athletes under his care have also competed in the Indoor and Outdoor World Championships, USATF National Championships and Olympic Trials, Asian Games and Championships, and CAC Games.

He was also retained as a consultant for several national track and field federations and world and Olympic medalists. One of his premier athletes is Golden Bear shot putter Amin Nikfar, whom he has coached since 2006.

At Michigan, his athletes set seven school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, weight throw, hammer throw and the decathlon.

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Ty Sevin, Texas

Ty SevinTOPIC: Programming Variations in Strength Training Across Throwing Disciplines
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 6pm – 7pm

Over the years, Ty Sevin has established himself as one of the elite field event coaches in the country with Texas and the U.S. National Team.

He recently guided Ryan Crouser to an Olympic gold medal and Olympic record in the shot put. Earlier in the year, Crouser threw for a share of the indoor collegiate record in the shot put as he won the national title to cap his college career in 2016.

In 2015 he served as a member of Team USA as the assistant coach for men’s throws at the IAAF World Championships. His athletes have won nine U.S. national championships and set a pair of American records as well as a Canadian record. Sixteen of them have qualified for the Olympics, IAAF World Championships and Pan American Games. Sevin also coaches javelin thrower Kara Patterson-Winger, who competed in the London Olympics on a completely torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Sevin has 10 years of additional experience coaching in the college ranks from previous stints. As a competitor, Sevin was a four-time Trials qualifier. He competed in both track & field and football at LSU, and was a member of the 1990 NCAA Outdoor Championship team.

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Katie Souviney, Central Connecticut State

TOPIC: Coaching the Rotational Shot Put
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 10am – 11am

Katie Souviney begins her seventh season as the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Souviney primarily works with hurdlers, sprinters, and jumpers. In addition, she has also coached the throwers four out her six years at Central.

In 2014, Ronea Saunders ended her career under Souviney after racking up multiple NEC Championships, 2-time NCAA Preliminary Round qualifier, 2-time USA Indoor participant, USA Outdoor qualifier in the high jump, a U23 NACAC Competitor, and runner-up at USA Jr. Nationals as a freshman.

Since 2011, Souviney has added four NEC Conference Championships, and four NEC Coaching Staff of the Year awards (2014-16 men’s outdoor; 2011 men’s indoor) to her coaching track record. Her 2015 and 2016 women’s indoor track teams finished their seasons with third place finishes in the NEC.

Souviney’s athletes have also been recognized by the NEC, awarding four Player/Rookie of the Year accolades since 2012.

During her Central Connecticut coaching campaign, Katie has been apart of six NCAA Preliminary Round Qualifiers in multiple events (sprints, jumps, throws), 13 NEC Champions, 3-Time USA Championship Qualifiers, and two USA Jr. National Championship Qualifiers.

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Greg Watson, Kansas State

Greg WatsonTOPIC: Special Strength for Shot Put & Discus
Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 7:15pm – 8:15pm

During the 2016 season, Watson saw immense success from his athletes, highlighted by Dani Winters winning the 2016 indoor shot put national title with a school record throw of 17.97/58-11.50. Watson also coached Brady Grunder and Shadae Lawrence to their first career Big 12 titles in the weight throw and discus, respectively, while Winters won her second-straight outdoor conference title. Three athletes also set school records in 2016 under Watson as Winters set the indoor shot put record, Lawrence set the discus record and Tyler Merkley set the hammer throw record.

The success continued at the 2016 Outdoor NCAA Championships, where seven of K-State’s 16 competitors came from the throws group. Of the seven athletes, three earned First Team All-American honors (including a runner-up finish in the hammer from Sara Savatovic), two earned Second Team honors and two earned Honorable Mention Honors.

Lawrence went on to finish 2nd at the Jamaican Trials and qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Overall, he has coached two Olympians – including Amanda Bingson – 14 All-Americans, and 18 conference champions.

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Derek Yush, LSU

Derek YushTOPIC: Psychology of the Throws Athlete
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 4pm – 5pm

The LSU throws group has flourished in eight seasons under the direction of assistant coach Derek Yush, and the Tigers and Lady Tigers are sure to shine among the nation’s elite once again in 2016 while featuring some of the top talent in the NCAA ranks.

While the 2015 season may have closed the book on two record-setting careers by All-Americans Tori Bliss and Rodney Brown, it also wrote the first chapter in an All-American career for Rebekah Wales as she emerged as one of the NCAA’s leading javelin throwers during her breakout sophomore season. Wales was crowned the SEC Champion and earned an All-American fourth-place finish nationally at the NCAA Championships last June.

Overall, he’s coached three NCAA Champions, 19 All-Americans, 13 individual SEC titles, seven school records and two SEC Championships records.

Additionally, he served as the men’s throws coach for Team USA at the 2012 North American, Central American & Caribbean Under-23 Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Throws Symposiums

Nick Davis, MIT

Martha BrennanTOPIC: Overcoming Psychological Barriers to Success: Practical Applications for Reaching Peak Performance
Friday, Dec. 16 | 9:45am – 10:45am

Davis is in his third year coaching the men’s and women’s jumps at MIT.

He has already twice been named the USTFCCCA New England Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in his brief stint at MIT.

He has coached four All-Americans and 15 NCAA qualifiers. His athletes have set 16 school records, and won 6 NEWMAC conference titles and six New England DIII titles

Prior to his current tenure at MIT, he spent four years at Marquette, where he coached: 2010 NCAA Indoor National Championships Provisional Qualifier in the High Jump, five preliminary round qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, two U.S. Junior National Qualifiers in the Long and High Jump, 10 school records, three All-Big East performers, and 40 top-ten indoor and 34 top-ten outdoor performances on the Marquette University All-Time List.

As a collegian at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Davis was a 10-time Horizon League Champ in the high jump.

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Brad Hackett, Muhlenberg

Brad HackettTOPIC: How to Talk to a Student Athlete about Non-Sport Related Issues and Other Thoughts from a 30+ Year College Track Coach
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 3pm – 4pm

Brad Hackett was hired as Muhlenberg’s coordinator of cross country and track and field and head coach of track and field in September 1999 and has led the Mules to unprecedented heights in his first 17 seasons.

The Mules have broken or tied more than 80 school records and sent representatives to the NCAA Division III Championships 16 of the 17 years, with 14 earning All-America status. For the first time in 2013, Muhlenberg had three different athletes earn All-America honors in individual events, and the men’s and women’s teams both produced All-Americans in the same year for the first time.

From 1998 to 2005, Hackett served as chair of the Men’s Development Committee for USA Track and Field, the sport’s governing body in this country. He was responsible for all aspects of men’s development in all events, including talent identification and athlete tracking at the junior elite, emerging elite and elite levels.

Hackett, who also is Muhlenberg’s director of intramurals and recreation, served as head manager of the United States team for the 2002 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Cup, held in Madrid, Spain; assistant manager for the 2001 Outdoor World Championships in Edmonton; and head manager at the 2007 Junior Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Paul Schmaedeke, Hamline

Paul SchmaedekeTOPIC: Considerations beyond training theory for building a DIII track and field program
Friday, Dec. 16 | 11am – 12pm

Schmaedeke enters his 31st year at Hamline, currently serving as the director of track & field for the Pipers. He is also the co-head coach for men’s and women’s cross country.

During that time, the 15-time MIAC Coach of the Year has coached 17 All-Americans.

In 2005, he led his men to their first MIAC Championship since 1977, and his Pipers went on to finish third in the Central Regional and seventh at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Schmaedeke is noted for his persistence, patience, and well organized training that prepares his athletes to be competitive and steadily progress to their potential over the course of four years. Schmaedeke also lectures on training theory as a faculty member of the USA Track and Field Level II Coaches Certification School. He has spoke numerous times at the Minnesota High School Coaches Clinic for track and field.

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Caryl Smith-Gilbert, Southern California

Doug WattsTOPIC: Advice for Young Coaches
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 1:45pm – 2:45pm

In her first season at the helm of the Trojan program, she guided the men’s team to a fourth-place tie and the women’s team to a 16th-place tie at the NCAAs, the women’s team won the MPSF Indoor Championship and both men’s and women’s teams placed second at the Pac-12 Championships.

Also, USC garnered 28 first-team All-America honors, posted 22 all-time top 10 school marks and Aleec Harris set the school hurdles record.

It is no surprise then that she was named the NCAA West Region Women’s Head Coach of the Year (Indoor and Outdoor) and the MPSF (Indoor) Women’s Head Coach of the Year.

Smith Gilbert’s student-athletes also excelled in the classroom where they earned 13 Pac-12 All-Academic selections and Alexandra Collatz was honored as a third-team Academic All-American.

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Doug Watts, Edinboro (Retired)

Doug WattsTOPIC: Athlete Responsibility as a Program Foundation – ‘Old School’ Team Management
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 8:30am – 9:30am

Doug Watts built up a legendary list of accomplishments during almost a half century of coaching and teaching.

He arrived at Edinboro in 1969 and in the 44 years of his tenure he produced a total of six national championships, including back-to-back-to-back NCAA Division II titles from 1986 through 1988 and back-to-back NAIA titles in 1975 and 1976. His teams can also boast six Division II runner-up trophies, plus finishes of third (twice), fourth (three times), fifth, sixth (twice), seventh (three times), eighth (three times) and ninth (twice). In all, he has coached nine national champions in cross country and track & field.

Edinboro cross country long ago set the standard of excellence in the region under Watts. His men’s teams have won 29 PSAC championships and 22 regional titles, with four cross country national champions. On the women’s side, his teams have finished in the top five at Nationals on five occasions, including a second place showing in 2004, along with 15 PSAC crowns and 11 regional titles.

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Joey Woody, Iowa

Joey WoodyTOPIC: Making the Athlete to Coach Transition
Wednesday, Dec. 14 – 9:45am – 10:45am

Since arriving on campus, Woody has led Iowa to 21 Big Ten individual titles, five conference relay titles and 60 All-America honors.

In 2016, the Hawkeyes won nine Big Ten titles and qualified 25 individuals for the NCAA Championships. Iowa tied a school record by qualifying 13 events for the NCAA final site, including 10 individual events and three relays. Fourteen individuals – eight men and six women – competed at the NCAA Championships final site, tying a school record. The Hawkeyes also set four school records in 2016.

In 2003, he won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the World Championships and was ranked second in the world in the event. Woody was also part of the 1,600-meter relay which won the World Championships gold medal in 1999. In 2000, he was a member of the 3,200-meter relay which set a world record and he missed qualifying for the United States Olympic team by .37 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.

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Throws Symposiums

Tommy Badon, Lafayette Christian Academy (LA)

Tommy BadonTOPIC: 800 Meter Training and Tactics
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tommy Badon is a former coach at the University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL) where he helped lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to 14 Indoor and Outdoor Conference Championships.

During his time at UL, Badon coached over 20 NCAA All-Americans including Hollis Conway, the world’s No. 1 ranked high jumper in the early 1990‘s and still the United States record holder in the indoor high jump.

Badon is a veteran instructor with over 20 years of experience in coaching education programs.
He is currently deeply involved in teaching courses for the Track & Field Academy.

Pete Boudreaux, Catholic HS (LA)

Pete BoudreauxTOPIC: Get the Stick Around: Batons, Steps, Keys and Checks plus … Common Sense in the Sprint Relays
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 3pm – 4pm

Boudreaux was named the USTFCCCA National Boys High School Coach of the Year for the 2016 track & field season.

Boudreaux, in his 48th year of coaching the Bears, led his team to their fourth consecutive Louisiana State High School Athletic Association Class 5A state title (eighth in the past nine years).

Catholic High rolled through the regular season and captured the district and regional championships on its way to qualifying 14 athletes in 15 events for the state meet.

It was in Baton Rouge where the Bears outscored runner-up Archbishop Rummel 96-42. Catholic High had four individual state champions and scored in every event in which it had an athlete entered. As an aside, only the top six places score in Louisiana’s Class 5A (10-8-6-4-2-1), so 96 points is no small feat in 15 events.

Scott Christensen, Stillwater HS (MN)

Scott ChristensenTOPIC: Growth & Development Issues in High School Distance Runners
Friday, Dec. 16 | 9:45am – 10:45am

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.

Desmond Dunham, Woodrow Wilson SHS (DC)

Desmond DunhamTOPIC: 400 Meter Training and Racing Tactics
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 8:30am – 9:30am

In 2014 Desmond Dunham was presented with the Brooks Inspiring Coaches National Award for his impact on amateur athletes.

Dunham’s initial coaching years were spent in the youth arena, as he developed a year-round running program, the DC Redwings Youth Program, Inc., that became a national powerhouse in youth cross-country and track & field, garnering over 50 Junior Olympic All-Americans and 5 cross-country national team championships from 1998-2005. Dunham has coached five athletes that have competed at the Olympic Trials, one of which competed in the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Nathan Fanger, Kent State

Nathan FangerTOPIC: Coaching the Discus
Friday, Dec. 16 | 11am – 12pm

One of the longest-tenured track and field coaches in the Mid-American Conference, Kent State graduate Nathan Fanger ‘00 is in his 13th season as a member of the coaching staff and is in charge of the throwers.

With the Kent State program already widely regarded for success in those events, Fanger has taken the team to new heights during his tenure on the coaching staff. Under his guidance, 50 throwers have won MAC championships, 54 have qualified for NCAA Regional meets, 33 have qualified for the NCAA Championships and 14 have earned All-America status.

In 2014, Fanger directed Matthias Tayala to a National title in the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA Division I Outdoor National Championships. Fanger also guided Danniel Thomas to a second place in the women’s discus at the outdoor championships.

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Todd Lane, LSU

Todd LaneTOPIC: Training Inventory and Structure for Sprints and Jumps
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 5:15pm – 6:15pm

The LSU jumps program boasts one of the proudest traditions in the history of collegiate track and field in the United States, and assistant coach Todd Lane looks to continue that tradition as he enters his ninth season as a member of LSU’s coaching staff in 2016.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers have flourished in eight seasons under Lane’s direction as he has coached 11 NCAA scorers to 35 scoring All-America honors in four different jumping events since joining the LSU coaching staff prior to the 2008 season. His student-athletes have also captured six SEC championships and 36 All-SEC honors over the last eight seasons.

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Doug Soles, Great Oak HS (CA)

Doug SolesTOPIC: Why Great Oak is So Successful in the Mile
Thursday, Dec. 15 | 1:45pm – 2:45pm

Soles was named the USTFCCCA National Boys High School Coach of the Year for the 2015 cross country season.

During last November’s California Interscholastic Federation Championships, Soles’ Great Oaks won its second consecutive state title (43 points) and set a Division I course record of 76:09. The Wolfpack put three runners in the top-10 and all five in the top-20.

The following month at NXN, Soles’ team became the first bunch from California to win the title since 2012. The Wolfpack, known as Temecula XC Club, sat in third place at the mile split, moved up to the lead at the two mile and held on for the win.

Charles Tiller, American Christian Academy (AL)

Charles TillerTOPIC: High School Coaching Success: It’s Not Just About the Workouts
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 9:45am – 10:45am

Coach Tiller is in his 12th season as the Head Coach for American Christian Academy.

His girls have won 14 state titles between cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, including a clean sweep of all three in the 2014-15 academy year.

He is a USATF Level II Certified Coach in both the jumps and distance events.

 

Throws Symposiums

Wednesday, Dec. 14

TOPIC: Meet Management and Hosting
(8:30am – 9:30am)
Eric Jackson, Indiana Wesleyan

TOPIC: DirectAthletics, TFRRS & MeetPro
(9:45am – 10:45am)

Thursday, Dec. 15

TOPIC: Development Session #1
(1:45pm – 4pm)

Friday, Dec. 16

TOPIC: Alumni and Donor Engagement
(9:45am – 10:45am)
Amanda Skowronek, Southern California

TOPIC: Development Session #2
(1:30pm – 3:45pm)

Throws Symposiums

Wednesday, Dec. 14 (11am – 12:15pm)

Max Paquette: Cross Training for Performance Athletes

Tucker Olander: Utilizing TrainingPeaks

Dick Booth: Career as an Assistant Coach

 

Thursday, Dec. 15 (4:30pm – 5:45pm)

Holly Lucas: Financial Planning

Tim Surface: Training with Final Surge

Kyle Pierce: Strength Training Inventory