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The USA Track & Field Coaching Manual is the official
coaching guide of the sport's national governing body. The manual
covers every major event and includes comprehensive, ready-to-apply
information from 33 leading American coaches and experts. This
book is the most complete and useful track and field coaching
resource available today.
Coaches of club, secondary school, and college men's and women's
track and field teams will find a wealth of information among
the 20 chapters. Included among the valuable materials are:
- proven predictive testing procedures,
- detailed event-specific technique instruction,
- carefully crafted training programs, and
- preparation and performance tactics for success in competition.
Contributing authors to the USA Track & Field Coaching
Manual are among the best coaches and experts in the sport
of track and field. Many have worked with national, world, and
Olympic champions. Each is an event-specific expert who has demonstrated
the effective use of coaching art and science to train and inspire
their athletes to achieve maximum performance.
The USA Track & Field Coaching Manual is an essential
part of any serious track and field coach's library. Whether
you use it as a practice tool or prize reference, your athletes
and team will benefit from your application of the book's content
all the way to the victory stand.
About the Authors
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing
body for track and field, long-distance running, racewalking
and cross country. It is the United States' member of the International
Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for Athletics,
as well as a Group A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Through their nationwide membership of more than 2,500 clubs,
schools, colleges, universities, and other organizations interested
in track and field, long-distance running, and racewalking, USATF
promotes programs of training and competition for men and women
and boys and girls of all ages; protects the interests and eligibility
of its some 125,000 member-athletes; and establishes and maintains
the sports' rules of competition. The USATF is comprised of 56
USA Track & Field's mission is to continue its leadership
role as the world's preeminent national governing body in Athletics-from
the grassroots to the elite level. It will provide opportunities
for athletes of all ages to pursue excellence in long-distance
running, racewalking, and track and field in the USA. USA Track
& Field is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The contributing authors of USA Track & Field Coaching
Manual are among the best coaches and experts in the sport of
track and field. This unique collection of elite track and field
experts share the training methods and coaching philosophies
they have used to train national, world, and Olympic champions.
The list of contributors includes the following:
- Joseph Rogers (organizing a successful program), Head
Track and Cross Country Coach at Ball State University and former
chair of the USATF Coaches Education Committee, contributes his
expertise in the organization of a successful program and serves
as editor of the manual. He has been coaching since 1965 and
at Ball State in NCAA Division I since 1984. He has coached 22
NAIA All-Americans and three NCAA-I All-Americans.
- Phil Henson (predictive testing of athletes), investigator
of track and field talent identification, has been coaching track
and field for 25 years at the junior high, high school, and university
level. He also was former commissioner of the U.S. Olympic Festival
from 1983 to 1995 and Competition Manager of the 1996 Olympic
- Paul Turner (predictive testing of athletes), Assistant
Track and Field Coach at Harvard University, has 17 years of
Division I coaching experience. He brings to the manual experience
in the practical application of talent identification and human
- Curtis Frye (100 and 200 meters), coach of Allen Johnson
(1996 gold medalist) and 30 NCAA championships, was named the
1999 World Championship Coach. He currently is the Head Track
and Field and Cross Country Coach at the University of South
- Clyde Hart (400 meters), head track and field coach
at Baylor University, is a world-renowned 400-meter coach who
has trained many world and Olympic champions, including world-record
holder Michael Johnson.
- Ralph Lindeman (100- and 110-meter hurdles), Head
Track and Field Coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, has been
on the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee since 1996 and
Chairman of the USA Track & Field's Men's Development/Hurdle
Subcommittee since 1992. He was the Head Coach of the USA Men's
team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg and on the coaching
staff of the USA Men's team at the 1992 World Junior Championships
in Seoul, Korea.
- John Millar (100- and 110-meter hurdles), Assistant
Track Coach/Speed Coach at the University of Notre Dame, has
a list of accomplishments that include Head Coach of U.S. National
Team at the 1999 World Indoor Championships, Women's Hurdles
Coordinator for USA Track & Field, Assistant Coach of the
U.S. Pan American Junior Team in 1993, and Coach of the 1984
gold Medalist in 100m hurdles, Benita Fitzgerald.
- Gary Winckler (400-meter hurdles) is currently the
Head Women's Track & Field and Cross Country coach at the
University of Illinois. He has been named Big Ten Coach of the
Year five times (1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, and 1995). Along with
his many accomplishments, he has coached three NCAA-I 400-meter
hurdle champions, four 400-meter hurdle Olympians, and seven
400-meter hurdles All-Americans.
- Mike Poehlein (800 meters-mile) has been the Head
Track and Field and Cross Country Coach for Purdue University
for twenty-five years. He was Head Coach for the U.S. team in
the Junior Pan American Games in 1997 and was named Big Ten Cross
Country Coach of the Year in 1995. From 1989 to 1997, he also
traveled to Europe with the Men's Middle Distance Olympic Development
for summer competition.
- Lance Harter (3,000-10,000 meters) is currently Head
Women's Track & Field Coach at the University of Arkansas.
Harter was selected to coach the U.S. women's team at the 1999
World Outdoor Championships. He also was Team USA women's coach
at the 1987 World Championships in Warsaw, Poland leading the
squad to a team title, as well as coaching the 1984 U.S. team
at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Paris, France.
- Harry Groves (3,000-10,000 meters) is currently Head
Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Coach at Penn State University.
He was Head Coach of the USA Team at the 1989 World Cup, as well
as Head Coach at the World Championships in 1995, Gothenberg,
Sweden. He also was Assistant Olympic Coach in 1992. He has coached
11 American-record holders, 19 national champions, and 13 Olympians.
- Rob Johnson (relays), Head Track and Field Coach at
Wabash College, will be one of five assistant coaches for the
USA Track and Field Team at the 2000 Olympic Games. Some of his
accomplishments include longtime work with the Olympic Development
Committee and two U.S. Junior National Teams, one of which broke
two world records, as well as head track coach for the North
Team at the 1983 Olympic Sports Festival in Colorado Springs
and assistant coach at the National Sports Festival in New York.
- Karen Dennis (relays), Head Coach for the 2000 Olympics
USA Track and Field team, currently coaches at the University
of Nevada in Las Vegas. She has coached many outstanding athletes,
including Judi Brown-King, 1984 Olympic silver medalist in the
400-meter hurdles; 12-time Big Ten champion sprinter Cheryl Gilliam;
three-time All-American and 13-time Big Ten champion Odessa Smalls;
and cross country All-American, 10,000-meter All-American, and
Big Ten champion Mary Shea.
- Kyle Tellez (long jump), Assistant Coach at the University
of Houston, has coached NCAA All-Americans John Davis, Nathan
Labus, and Edwina Ammonds.
- Kathy James (long jump), formerly the Assistant Track
and Field Coach at the University of Texas, was the USA Track
and Field Women's Development Coordinator for Long Jump and Triple
Jump from 1990 to 1995. She also was involved with the Olympic
Sports and Festival Teams for the South in 1990 and 1991. In
1991, she traveled with the U.S. Junior National Team.
- Dean Hayes (triple jump), Head Track and Field Coach
at Middle Tennessee State University, has coached several All-Americans
and three Olympians. These Olympians include Tommy Haynes and
Rayfiel Dupree in the triple jump and Brian Oldfield in shot
put. His coaching accomplishments also include head coach of
the U.S. team that competed in the World University Games in
1985, coach for the U.S. team at the 1988 Olympic Games, head
coach of the 1990 Goodwill Games, head coach of the U.S. team
that competed in the World Cup in 1994, and head coach of the
1997 World Championship team.
- Sue Humphrey (high jump), USATF Women's Development
Chairman, has been named the Nike Elite Coach of the Year. She
was an Olympic Coach in 1992 and 1996. Some of her additional
accomplishments include USA National Team Coach since 1974, Head
Pan Am Games Coach 1987, Head World Cup Coach in 1985 and Head
Olympic Manager in 1992.
- Doug Nordquist (high jump) is a former USA Outdoor
High Jump (7'8") Champion. He was fifth place on the 1984
Olympic Team, the 1986 Goodwill Champion, and a two-time National
Champion. He currently belongs to the USATF High Jump Development
- Jim Bemiller (pole vault), Pole Vault Coach at the
University of Tennessee, has coached five NCAA title winners
and seventeen NCAA All-Americans.
- William Godina (shot put), author of the USATF Instructor
Training Course, also was the coach of the 1990 Junior National
Discus Champion. He belongs to the USATF Coaching Education Program
and coaches throws for Cheyenne Central High School in Cheyenne,
- Ronald Backes (shot put) is currently Assistant Track
Coach (throws) at Ohio State University. He was a shot put competitor
in the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as U.S. Indoor Shot Put Champion
in 1991 and U.S. Outdoor Shot Put Champion in 1987, 1988, 1991,
- Don Babbitt (discus) throws and Multi-Events Coach
at the University of Georgia has coached 45 NCAA qualifiers,
45 All-Americans, and 15 NCAA Champions. One of his outstanding
performers includes Janet Hill, who still holds the NCAA Division
II discus throw record; she is a three-time qualifier for the
U.S. Olympic Trials and was ranked sixth in the United States
- C. Harmon Brown (javelin) has coached numerous All-Americans
and three Olympians in throwing events. He currently is the throws
coach for Millbrae Lions Track Club, California State University,
Hayward, and San Francisco State University. He has coached at
the club, high school, collegiate, and national and international
levels since 1953.
- Bill Webb (javelin), Head Coach at the University
of Tennessee, has coached 10 NCAA Champions, 49 Division I All-Americans,
51 Division II All-Americans, 35 SEC Champions and a total of
24 Olympic Trials competitors. Included in these outstanding
athletes is Tom Petranoff, former world-record holder in the
javelin, and Bob Roggy, a past American record holder.
- Bob Sing (javelin) is currently practicing as an Emergency,
Family, and Sports physician. He authored the book Dynamics of
the Javelin Throw, 1984. He was a Division III NCAA Champion
in 1974 and a finalist in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.
- Ken Bantum (hammer), former NCAA and USA Track and
Field Shot Put champion and Olympian, formerly shared his talent
at Saint John's University as the Throws Coach. He has coached
athletes to 10 National Championships, and indoors and out American
recordholding athletes have competed in the Pan American Games,
World Games, and Olympic Games in Hammer Throw.
- Jeff Salvage (racewalking) holds the position of U.S.
Junior National Racewalk Coordinator. He also is the coach of
national class racewalkers. He is a former international racewalking
competitor himself and has been the director of racewalks at
the Penn Relays.
- Bohdan Bolwicaski (racewalking) was the former coach
in residence at the Arco Training Center and a former Olympic
- Gwen Robertson (racewalking) is currently Head Girls
and Boys Track Coach at Issaquah High School in Washington. She
is the National Team Coordinator and a former National Team racewalking
- Ian Whatley (racewalking) is the USA Track & Field
Sports and Sciences Subcommittee Chair. He has competed in three
U.S. Olympic trials and has competed internationally in racewalking.
He currently is an advanced concepts and research and design
consultant in the sporting goods industry.
- Gary Westerfield (racewalking) is currently on the
IAAF racewalk Judges Panel. At this time, he is one of only three
certified judges in the U.S. and one of only 60 around the world.
He is the coach of national-class racewalkers and coaches Boy's
Track and Field at Smithtown High school in New York. Formerly,
he was the TAC National Team Coordinator for racewalking.
- Cliff Rovelto (Heptathlon), Head Track and Field Coach
at Kansas State University, has coached two Olympians, three
NCAA Champions, and 59 NCAA All-Americans. These include Nicole
Green, NCAA outdoor 400-meter champion; Percell Gaskins, 1993
NCAA indoor high jump champion; Connie Teaberry, six-time All-American
high jumper; and Clifton Etheridge, six-time Big Eight horizontal
jump title winner.
- Harry Marra (decathlon) is currently the coach of
the USA National Decathlon Team. Since its founding in 1990,
the National Team now holds every possible World Record in decathlon
competition. Marra has been named as coach for the Olympic Festival
(1981 and 1982) and three times coach for the USA Decathlon Team
that competed against the Germans, Russians, and Canadians. He
has recently been named as Assistant Coach for the 1999 Pan American
Games. Brian Brophy, Marra's current top decathlete, made the
USA World Championship Team, Gothenborg, Sweden, 1995, was third
at the 1998 USA National Championships, and represented the U.S.
at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Table of Contents
- Part I: Coaching Essentials
- Chapter 1. Organizing a Successful Program
- Chapter 2. Predictive Testing of Athletes
- Phil Henson and Paul Turner
- Part II: Running Events
- Chapter 3. 100 and 200 Meters
- Chapter 4. 400 Meters
- Chapter 5. 100- and 110-Meter Hurdles
- Ralph Lindeman and John Millar
- Chapter 6. 400-Meter Hurdles
- Chapter 7. 800 Meters to Mile
- Chapter 8. 3,000 to 10,000 Meters
- Lance Harter and Harry Groves
- Chapter 9. Relays
- Rob Johnson and Karen Dennis
- Part III: Jumping Events
- Chapter 10. Long Jump
- Kyle Tellez and Kathy James
- Chapter 11. Triple Jump
- Chapter 12. High Jump
- Sue Humphrey and Doug Nordquist
- Chapter 13. Pole Vault
- Part IV: Throwing Events
- Chapter 14. Shot Put
- William Godina and Ronald Backes
- Chapter 15. Discus
- Chapter 16. Javelin
- C. Harmon Brown, Bill Webb, and Bob Sing
- Chapter 17. Hammer
- Part V: Racewalking and Multiple Events
- Chapter 18. Racewalking
- Jeff Salvage, Bohdan Bolwicaski, Gwen Robertson, Ian Whatley,
and Gary Westerfield
- Chapter 19. Heptathlon
- Chapter 20. Decathlon
Words of Praise
"There is a tremendous amount of good information
in the USA Track & Field Coaching Manual, with alternative
techniques explained very well. The book gives coaches valuable
tools from basic teaching methods to advanced workout patterns.
It's a valuable tool for coaches or athletes in any stage of
President of United States Track Coaches Association
Indiana University Head Coach, 1969-1998
"This manual represents material presented by some
of the top coaches in the world. The sharing of their expertise
and applications for other coaches is invaluable!"
Head Coach, Women's Track and Field
University of California-Davis
Women's Head Coach, 1996 Olympic Games
"What I liked most about the USA Track & Field
Coaching Manual is that it covers all aspects of coaching track
and field and stresses the athlete's best interest. This book
is appropriate for all coaches from those starting out to higher
Head Coach, Men's Track and Field
University of California-Berkeley
Men's Head Coach, 1996 Olympic Games
"The USA Track & Field Coaching Manual is a resource
library for coaches at all levels. The shared knowledge imparts
fresh ideas into any coaching repertoire."
Head Coach, Women's Track and Field
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Women's Head Coach, 2000 Olympic Games
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