For this episode we welcome Ohio State Associate Head Coach Joel Brown. We discuss Joel's long professional hurdling career, his start into coaching and the development of 200 runner Anavia Battle.
1:30 Track & Field can humble you quick ... give us an instance where you realized there are levels to this.
3:30 Give us your evolution as a hurdler, high school and college
10:00 Growing up in Baltimore
13:10 You entered the pro ranks during arguably the deepest error of hurdling. What was that like going from a top NCAA hurdler to competing as pro along side the likes of Dayron Robles, Liu Xiang, Ladji Doucoure etc?
19:30 Tell us about competing at Helsinki World Champs - that had some of the craziest weather ever
23:35 How would you describe your hurdle style, what made you an elite-level hurdler? And talk us through who you liked competing against?
26:40 The transition from elite athlete to college coach can be different for everyone share with us your experience and what it was like for you?
29:20 Who are your coaching mentors and influences?
33:10 Having seen so much of this sport from a variety of different view points, what advice would you give yourself as a volunteer if had the opportunity to do so?
34:15 Talk us through the amazing development of Anavia Battle and some of your coaching points/philosophy in regards to the 200. She had a phenomenal season culminating earning a spot on the US Olympic Team
41:45 Give us a great track story - you have been around the sport at every level.
43:50 Who else would you like to listen to on this show?
This week we welcome Coach Abigi Id-Deen form the University of South Florida. Abigi talks to us about his coaching journey, the development of some star pupils and his 400 hurdles philosophy.
0:50 Track & Field can humble you quick ... give us an instance where you realized there are levels to this.
7:30 How has your college career influenced the way you coach?
10:00 Who are/were your primary mentors & influences?
14:15 Sometimes where you coach can have a significant impact on the event(s) you specialize in. You have had your fair share of success in the long sprints. Did you set out to be a great 400/400H coach or did it just come about due to circumstances?
25:40 I believe many of us remember and were somewhat enamored by David Verburg. Coming out of George Mason, a small school, albeit a school rich in track history, he got a lot of attention. Talk a little about his development because his first couple of years he was conference performer - then he just exploded on to the National scene!
33:30 Fast forward; at UNC you inherit a pretty talented 400H in Kenny Selmon. Kenny was the real deal out of high school. In 2018 he gets 2nd (a close second) at NCAA then goes on win USA outdoor championship. Tell us a little about his development that year. What changes, if any, and what key decision had to be made to allow for that success to take place?
40:00 Share with us (1) what you look for in a 400Her, (2) what do you see as important areas of focus (3) how do you break down the event to your athletes?
51:20 You have been around the block a few times ... leave us with a fun track story (or two)
59:30 Who would you like to listen to on the podcast?
We are BACK with Season 2 of the 1 Track Mind podcast! Our first guest this time around is Coach Ken Harnden, sprints & hurdles coach at the University of Tennessee. We talk about Ken's upbringing in Africa as well his athlete & coaching path. He is a 2x Olympian and 3x World Champs competitor and has now coached numerous NCAA champions, countless All-Americans and athletes who have gone on to shine on the international stage.
1:55 Background and upbringing in Zimbabwe
5:40 How did you get started with track?
8:00 Coming to the States and walking on at North Carolina?
10:30 Athletic development while in College
13:40 What was your ideal 400H pattern? How did you like to run your race?
16:00 Coaching Influences
19:40 Lessons, Perspectives & Impressions from your Pro Career, Olympics & World Champs
23:05 When did you decide you wanted to coach and how did that transition come about?
26:50 What is your 400H philosophy?
31:20 Evolving Stride Patterns in the 400H
36:20 Impressions of the evolution of the 400H race?
46:10 Talk to us about Walter Dix and Ngoni Makusha while at FSU. Those were some crazy talented individuals.
56:00 To conclude, give us a fun track story from your memory banks
Our guest today Coach Elisha Brewer. She is long-time Kansas Jayhawk assistant coach and first Arkansas student-athlete to run under 13 seconds in the 100 Hurdles:
1:00 Evolution of a Coach and 15 Years at Kansas
9:30 Experiences of being a Student Athlete at Arkansas
13:00 At what point did you decide you wanted to coach?
16:00 How does your Background in Counseling help you in Coaching?
18:30 Social Media Influence on Student Athletes now
21:30 Short Hurdle Training Philosophy
24:30 Introducing Hurdling after getting fit
27:45 400 Hurdle Approach
32:00 Considerations for Dual-Hurdlers and Michael Stigler
40:30 What do you wish you had known as an athlete?
43:30 What is important from a mentality standpoint to be a sprinter or hurdler?
47:30 Winning a Team National Championship
55:30 Importance of Kansas Relays
1:03:00 Great Track Story
This episode builds from a previous conversation between Ed Lea (Harlequins RFC) and host Jason Hettler on Periodization. In this episode they each share specific examples of how they program for the athletes they work with and cover topics such as gender differences and curved treadmills.
For episode 20 we welcome Coach Debbie Ferguson McKenzie from the University of Kentucky. Debbie is a member of the famed Bahamas Golden Girls 4x100 Relay. After a decorated professional career we sit down and talk with her about her transition into coaching:
2:30 - Decorated Professional Track Career
8:50 - Longevity in the Sport
11:30 - Getting Into Coaching
16:15 - First Hurdle Coaching Experience
19:15 - Old vs New School Speed
21:45 - Things I Wish I Knew as an Athlete
25:10 - Track Career Helping to Coach
30:00 - Lessons from Mentors
35:45 - The Spirit of Giving
42:25 - Awesome Track Stories
Join Jason Hettler and Edward Lea of Harlequins RFC for a discussion around all things periodization.
This episode we are joined by long-time Hampton Head Coach Maurice Pierce. Coach Pierce has won over 30 conference titles over his coaching career and mentored several athletes to international success...
1:35 Staying Power at Hampton & Coaching Journey
9:00 Rich Track Culture in Virginia
14:10 Coaching at an HBCU
19:50 Switching Conferences to the Big South
25:50 Coaching with Team USA
32:40 Coaching Multiple Events
36:10 Evolution of James Carter, Kellie Wells, Yvette Lewis & David Payne
46:00 Francena McCorory Development
49:50 Working with the Strengths of Athletes
1:03.40 Great Track Story
Coach Calvin Robinson from Texas Tech is our guest this week. We discuss him going from a jumper and jumps coach to becoming one of the nation's best sprints coaches and his development along the way:
3:20 Coaching Journey for Jumper to Sprints Coach
8:45 Impactful Coaches
15:00 Winning an NCAA Team Title
20:45 Divine Odurudu and Developing the 200m Runner
31:10 Short Hurdle Training
34:15 Long Hurdle Training
37:55 Combo Sprinters & Hurdlers
41:50 A Lesson learned from Mickael Hanany
49:50 A Great Track Story
Join us for a conversation with 2 x Nike Coach of the Year Lawrence "Boogie" Johnson. Boogie has coached Olympic and World Champions in Brianna McNeal & Dalilah Muhammad along with another slew fantastic hurdlers ... also check out his cool Hurdle Mechanic clothing line: https://hurdlemechanic.com/
1:30 Background and Mentors
10:45 Running at Arkansas
20:45 What Factors Make You a Good Coach?
27:10 From College to Pro Coach
30:30 College vs Professional Athletes
36:15 Hurdler Talent Identification
46:05 Short Hurdle Philosophy
54:30 Training Beyond Hurdling
1:01:20 400H vs 100H
1:07:30 The 400H World Record Build Up
1:17:50 Hurdling Mentality
1:25:45 Great Track Stories
We are joined today by UCF Head Coach Dana Boone. Dana details her transition from jumper to sprints coach and from Assistant to Head Coach and provides insight into her training philosophy:
3:10 - Coaching Stops & Journey
9:10 - Mentors
13:00 - Difference between Assistant & Head Coach
18:30 - Influences in Head Coaching
24:50 - From Jumper to Sprints Coach
26:35 - Sprint Training Philosophy
32:45 - Favorite Event to Coach
33:20 - Weekly Setup
41:45 - Dream 4x1s and 4x4s
50:10 - Fun Track Story
Today we are joined by long-time Florida Strength Coach Matt DeLancey. In this episode we discuss all things strength and power related...
1:00 Journey is Strength & Conditioning
7:30 Speed & Power Philosophy
12:40 Developing Sprinters & Hurdlers
17:35 Lessons from Swimming & Volleyball
22:30 Strength is Just One Variable
24:55 Individualization Strategies
29:45 Periodization Model
32:20 Commonalities among Event Groups
35:35 Strength Reserve
41:50 Weight Room Gender Differences
45:55 Communication with Event Coaches
49:30 Something you Changed your Mind About
52:35 Steve Spurrier Story
54:15 Great Stories
This week we are joined by Coach Lennox Graham of Clemson University. We discuss Lennox's Jamaican coaching roots, hurdle philosophy, the difference between being a head vs assistant coach and the development of World Champion Danielle Williams
1:30 Coaching Career in Jamaica
5:45 Coming to the US as a Coach
10:30 Differences being a Head vs Assistant Coach
15:30 Hurdles Culture in Jamaica
19:00 Hurdles Philosophy
24:30 Training Rhythm
27:15 Development of Danielle Williams
44:00 Force on the Ground
53:00 Great Track Story
On this episode we welcome long-time Miami Head Coach Amy Deem. Amy has been a staple of NCAA and international track for years, culminating in appointments to lead Team USA. We talk about her evolution as a coach, special athletes she has worked with, hurdle technique, as well as the mental and culture sides of athletics.
1:30 Longevity at Univeristy of Miami
7:15 Building a Program from Scratch
10:10 Learning from Gary Winckler
12:40 Culture of Miami
15:50 Team USA Head Coach
19:45 Coaching Lauryn Williams
25:50 Hurdle Philosophy Evolution
36:15 Differences between 100H & 110H
44:20 Mental Preparation for Big Meets
49:10 Team Building in an Individual Sport
51:40 Something you Changed Your Mind About
57:45 Great Track Story
Today we are joined by longtime Baylor stalwart Mike Ford. In this episode Mike talks to us about his running and coaching career, in particular what it was like to be around Sanya Richards, Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson and Tiffani McReynolds.
1:45 - Growing up in Rochester, NY
13:45 - On the late Cedric Walker
21:30 - Heading to Waco, TX
29:25 - Baylor 400m Legacy
36:00 - Pro Training Group
44:00 - 400m Philosophy
50:00 - Hurdles Training w/ Tiffani McReynolds
1:00.30 - Athlete Buy-In
1:10.00 - Collaborating w/ Coaches
1:18.00 - Awesome Track Story
Today we welcome the always insightful and entertaining Coach Larry Wade from the UNLV Rebels. Larry talks about his professional and collegiate experiences, being a successful Boxing Fitness Trainer and some great stories involving Dominique Arnold.
0:45 Giddings, Texas Upbringing
5:00 College vs Terrence Trammell
7:45 Training at Early Day HSI
13:45 Adversity in Professional Career
16:45 Transitioning to College Coaching
21:45 Training Boxers
29:00 Rhythm & Timing in Boxing & Track
31:50 Mentality in Boxing & Track
34:25 100 Hurdle Philosophy
39:30 Training Week Setup
41:30 Differences vs 100H & 110H
43:15 Signs that an Athlete is Ready to Roll
47:20 Changing your Mind about Something
56:30 Great Track Story
Brendan James Cole is a former Australian Olympian in the 400m Hurdles and current coach/therapist consultant in various sports. He has formerly been employed by us at ALTIS and the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.
1:40 - History as an Olympic 400m Hurdler
7:20 - Favorite training menu items as an athlete
13:30 - Ending the Athletic Career and Transitioning to Coach/Therapist
17:20 - Blending the lines between coaching and therapy.
23:35 - The psychological aspect of injury and reducing training gaps
25:25 - Safeguarding against dependency on manual therapy
28:25 - The difference between coaches with high-level athletic backgrounds and those without
35:45 - Applying track and field knowledge to Winter sports and the role of variability
51:00 - Introducing plyometric training in multiple settings
55:55 - Progressing plyometrics beyond the Rudiment Hop Series
1:04:17 - Footwear considerations and barefoot training
1:10:27 - Takeaways from other training groups on the Bobsled/Skeleton tour
1:14:30 - Targeting fascial health from a coaching and therapist perspective
1:21:50 - Multi-planar work with linear populations
1:24:48 - Current endeavors and closing comments
This week we welcome Coach Dave Hegland from Syracuse. Dave has helped develop a lot of fast hurdlers including Jarret Eaton, Donald Politt, Freddie Crittenden and Angelo Goss among others.
2:05 Coaching Background
7:00 Training Philosophy Evolution
8:25 Limited Facilities & Cold Temperatures
11:00 Hurdle Training & Philosophy
13:40 Weekly Training Setup
19:50 Hurdle Talent ID
21:45 Development of Jarett Eaton & Freddie Crittenden
30:00 When are Hurdlers Ready to Run Fast
36:00 An Instance Where You Changed Your Mind About Something
42:00 Who Would You Like to Listen To
In this episode Jason Hettler discusses the social and developmental impact of Strength & Conditioning with Dave Hembrough.
In the early stages of Dave’s career he found himself working with a variety of athletes at the Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championship levels. This included sports such as rugby, table tennis, golf, boxing and downhill mountain biking.
While Dave speaks very highly of these experiences, after 5-6 years he realized he was looking for more.
This episode covers Dave's current work as a Sport Scientist at Sheffield Hallam University and as founder of the Hallam Barbell Club.
The episode ends with Dave sharing his personal Purpose Statement, his take on Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s motto, “Move fast and break things” and his answer to, “What does sport/competition mean to you?”.
Today we welcome Coach Sammy Dabbs. Sammy has coached athletes at the High School, Collegiate and Professional level. In this chat he shares with us his insights into his coaching journey, elaborate training setups and his love for toothpicks and root beer.
2:45 Coaching Journey
10:55 Texas Track Culture
13:55 Million Dollar Race with Marquise
22:55 Football vs Track Speed
26:45 HS, College and Pro Training
35:35 Cone Obstacle Courses
38:20 Bully Coaching
43:45 Knowing when Athletes are Ready
49:10 400H Philosophy
1:01:55 Fun Track Story
Today's conversation is with Coach Jeff Petersmeyer of Louisville. Jeff talks about his coaching stops, love for pizza and making due with limited resources. He also gives us some insight into his exploration of language as it relates to cueing and reminisces about his experiences at the 2012 Olympics.
1:15 Coaching Journey
3:00 Love of Pizza
6:00 Pizza & Coaching
8:30 Coaching with Limited Resources
13:00 400H & Coaching Philosophy
15:45 Cueing & Language
25:00 A Time in your Career you Decided to Change Things Up
31:45 Experience of Coaching the Multis at the Olympics
(... apologies for the somewhat abrupt ending, we had technical difficulties the last few minutes)
We are excited to talk with UTEP sprints & hurdles Coach Lacena Golding-Clarke today. Coach Lacena is a multiple Olympian for her native Jamaica (though don't tell her friends) and has now been crushing it as a coach for years. Listen in as she talks about her journey and the development of star pupil Tobi Amusan...
2:30 - Her Background from Jamaica, College and Professional
8:10 - Jamaican Champs
10:30 - Lessons form being an Athlete to becoming a Coach
16:30 - Hurdle Philosophy
20:00 - American vs Jamaican Coaching
22:00 - Coaching Mentors
26:30 - The development of Tobi Amusan
39:00 - Her friends don’t know she was in the Olympics
40:00 - The Power of Listening
Joining us today is University of Iowa Head Coach Joey Woody. Joey talks with us about is 400H professional career, coaching experience, developing hurdlers, athlete monitoring and adapting training.
1:15 Professional 400H Career
12:30 Looking Towards Coaching & Mentors
19:45 Being an Assistant Coach
24:30 Being a Head Coach
28:00 Short Hurdle Philosophy and Training
40:00 Long Hurdle Philosophy and Training
1:06:00 Athlete Monitoring
1:09:00 Fun Track Stories
We are joined today by UNLV Head Coach Yvonne Wade. In this episode we discuss her professional athlete career for Japan, being a head coach in "Sin City" - and of course lots of training insights.
1:10 - Post Collegiate Career Competing for Japan
5:15 - Japanese vs Jamaican Culture
6:45 - From Athlete to Assistant to Head Coach
8:40 - Living and Coaching in Vegas
10:45 - Hurdle Philosophy
16:00 - Hurdle Mentality
27:00 - Not Using a lot of Drills
36:45 - Considerations for Adding Elements into Training
38:50 - Great Track Story
We are joined this episode by University of North Carolina sprints & hurdles coach Adrian Wheatley. Coach Wheatley transitioned to North Carolina after a very successful stint at the University of Illinois. He has extensive experience coaching both short and long hurdlers, including combo hurdler David Kendziera.
2:45 University of Tennessee Memories
21:00 Developing into a middle distance athlete
23:40 Short Hurdle Philosophy
28:05 Long Hurdle Philosophy
36:30 Training Cycle Breakdown
41:50 Favorite Workout Sessions
48:50 Fun & Training Stories