Coaching Athletics Quarterly


Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:56

Meet day communication: Keep it simple and brief

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Most athletes are nervous about how they will perform, trying to time their warm-up correctly, worrying about impressing their parents, friends, coaches, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. By the time their coach wants to talk to them fifteen minutes before the gun, there is a lot of competition for cognition in the athletes’ minds.

I don’t remember who I was I talking to, but I had a conversation with a guy who when he found out I ran said that he had run a season or two of cross country in high schoolbut never really got that into it. The main thing I remember from that conversation was what his coach would always yell during races and workouts.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 22:52

Coaches always stay open to learning

“Any coach who is through learning is through!” –Coach Clyde Hart


Sitting in the stands on a hot and dry California day for the final day of this year’s USATF Outdoor Championships, I couldn’t help but notice a couple connections.

Inaugural accolade from FloSports, in partnership with T-Mobile, honors excellence in distance runner coaching with $10,000 award - Today, FloSports, a leading direct-to-consumer sports media company, announced Jerry Schumacher is the recipient of the inaugural FloTrack American Distance Coach of the Year award, presented by T-Mobile. Along with the honor, Schumacher will receive a $10,000 cash award to support his continued dedication to distance running.

We asked Ben Rosario, coach of the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elites, to write up five tips for cross country athletes. We like Ben's attitude and his tips! Use these for upcoming FootLocker, NXN, National champs and of course, California State Meet!

Coach Frank Gagliano is a fascinating combination of the anecdotal and scientific. 'Gags', as he is known to those former athletes, and current athletes, and those who care and respect him. Jeff Benjamin sent a note to Coach Gags from RunBlogRun on ten pointers to get ready for championships. You will find the common sense and thoughtful tips that all coaches should keep on their to do lists.

RunBlogRun opines: Jeff Benjamin did this interview with John Trautmann, one of the assistant coaches at HOKA ONE ONE New Jersey New York Track Club, a month ago. I am just getting to it, and while ther tips are great for high school cross country, they are also perfect for high school distance runners.

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