Throws 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.

Dave Anderson
Bentonville West HS

Bob BramanTOPIC: Building a Technical Model with Developing Triple Jumpers

Thurs., Dec. 14 | 1:30 pm | Grand Sonoran C-D

Dave Anderson has coached 27 State Championship Teams and 31 State Runner-Up Teams in Track and Cross Country at Ruston, West Monroe, Neville and Bentonville High Schools. He is the only coach in the history of Louisiana Class 5A to win State Championships in Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Boys Track, and Girls Track.

While at Bentonville High School from 2012-2016, Anderson coached athletes rewrote the record book by setting 22 new BHS records highlighted by a championship in the Sprint Medley Relay at the prestigious Kansas Relays.

Justin Byron
Nansemond River HS

Justin ByronTOPIC: Holistic Training of Athletes

Thurs., Dec. 14 | 2:45 pm | Grand Sonoran C-D

Justin Byron coaches at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, Virginia. He has built the Warriors into a national power on the track & field circuit.

Byron has twice been named the USTFCCCA State of Virginia High School Girls Coach of the Year. With eight years of experience coaching on the high school, club and post collegiate level, his squads have captured five high school team state championships and three AAU Team Club National Championships. Byron has tutored over 45 athletes who have gone onto receive track & field scholarships to compete at the collegiate level.


Michele Curcio
Lafayette College

Justin ByronTOPIC: Commonalities in the Throws

Wed., Dec. 13 | 2:45 pm | Grand Sonoran C-D

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.

Carrie Lane
University of Wyoming

Carrie LaneTOPIC: Effective Strength Training for the High School Track & Field Athlete

Fri., Dec. 15 | 11:00 am | Grand Sonoran C-D

Carrie Lane recently joined Wyoming after spending two and a half years at Peak Energy Performance Therapy in Lone Tree, Colorado, where she spent two and a half years as Director of Sports Performance and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Peak Energy Performance Therapy, working with high school and post-collegiate distance runners doing speed and power training.

Lane comes to Wyoming with a wealth of experience and success as a throws and strength coach. With coaching stops at Coastal Carolina, Virginia and Nebraska, she has guided past student-athletes to a total of 23 NCAA First Team All-America honors, nine individual ACC titles and four individual Big Ten titles.

Jeff Messer
Desert Vista HS

Jeff MesserTOPIC: Endurance Training: Current Science and Application to Training Program Design

Wed., Dec. 13 | 4:00 pm | Grand Sonoran C-D

Jeff Messer coaches at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. He was named the 2016 National Girls High School XC Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA.

Messer recently completed his fourth year at Desert Vista, leading his team to an undefeated season in Division I and the Division I state championship title.  Desert Vista easily outdistanced the state competition, scoring 20 points to runner-up Chandler High’s 105. Desert Vista finished second at the Nike Cross Southwest Regional, which qualified it to compete in the Nike Cross National Championship.

Messer also led Desert Vista to state cross country titles in 2013 and 2014. Messer also serves as an assistant coach (girl’s distance) for the Desert Vista track & field program.

Dennis Newell
University of Mary

Dennis NewellTOPIC: Coaching the 800 Meters: A Tale of Two Athletes

Thurs., Dec. 14 | 4:00 pm | Grand Sonoran C-D

USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year recipient Dennis Newell enters his 12th season at the helm of the University of Mary men’s and women’s cross country programs, and recently has been named the Head Track & Field Coach.

Since joining the nationally-ranked Marauders to guide the U-Mary cross country, middle distance and distance athletes in 2006, Newell has helped lead the Marauders to 15 Northern Sun Conference Track & Field titles. Along the way, Newell has coached six NCAA National Champions, 200 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Conference honors, 58 NSIC champions, nine NSIC records, 84 NCAA individual Academic All-Americans, 30 NCAA team Academic All-Americans, six NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championship Qualifying Teams (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016) and 37 NCAA All-Americans in cross country and track events, ranging from the 800 meters to 10,000 meters and cross country.


Kebba Tolbert

Kebba TolbertTOPIC: Developing Championship Culture in Your Team and Training Group

Fri., Dec. 15 | 9:45 am | Grand Sonoran C-D

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.

Tolbert was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the outdoor campaign, his second in-a-row. Tolbert began his coaching career at Iowa Wesleyan and produced 21 All-Americans and the school’s first national champions. Tolbert has also coached at Mckendree, Syracuse, Portland State and UTEP.