The opportunity to attend a Track & Field clinic to
learn more about the sport is always something worth marking in stone onto your
calendar, especially if it's fairly close by.
Track & Field Coaches of Tennessee Clinic and Conference is back
again for its 2nd annual run (that did sound like a pun, didn't it!)
on January 25 & 26, 2019. That
opportunity isn't only limited to learning sessions or learning by doing at this clinic either. Having the chance to network among other
coaches with the same interest and dedication to the sport is invaluable! When it's just a short drive to get there, that
makes the opportunity even more attractive.
Last year I attended the TN Track and Field Coaches Clinic and was thoroughly captivated at the amount of information covered in the sessions and impressed by the level of talent among those presenting. With the line-up for this year's event, I expect to be just as impressed or even more so.
Highlighting the TN Clinic this year will be Irving "Boo" Schexnayder. Boo is unquestionably one of the leading authorities in training design and regarded as one of the world's premier field event coaches. He is co-founder of Schexnayder Athletic Consulting and is currently serving as the LSU Track & Field Strength and Conditioning Coach. Boo has been behind over 70 All-Americans, 19 NCAA Champions and was a part of 12 NCAA championship teams (while at LSU). His Track & Field resume is packed full of accomplishments from chairing Track & Field educational committees, to coaching Olympians and mentoring other coaches to mention just a few. And if you do double duty as a football coach, note that he is also active in NFL player development and combine preparations. In addition to all that, he holds the prestigious Master Coach designation from USATF!
Along with Boo will be University of Tennessee's Associate Head Coach Travis Geopfert. Travis has coached for several years and during that time has worked with athletes to lead them to 70 conference titles, worked with Olympians, and World Championships qualifiers. One of the most accomplished athletes is the 2016 Bowerman Award winner Jarrion Lawson (100M, 200M and Long jump winner at 2016 NCAA outdoor). But his list of extremely accomplished athletes is long and impressive with 15 NCAA top10 finishes, 2013 NCAA indoor National championships when he was at Arkansas, and several team conference championships.
And yes, this is open to everyone and the cost is only $75... believe me, I'm as cheap as they come and I have no issue dishing out these dollars for a conference with this level of talented presenters. If your school will pay for the event, all the better! Along with Travis and Boo, several other presenters will cover topics such as a session on FAT, Testing and Evaluating for Event Placement, Serious Recovery for Serious Athletes as well as learn by doing sessions in the Shot and Long Jump and much more. Six-time Music City Marathon champion, Scott Wietecha will be there as well.
The clinic and conference will be at Brentwood High School on Saturday, January 25. The clinic starts on Friday evening at Fleet Feet Running Store. Saturday's sessions will start off with a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast at 7:30am that will follow with the clinic sessions starting at 8:30am. The conference is sponsored by VS Athletics again, who will be providing lunch Saturday. Oh, the coaches social on Friday is presented by Brown Forman, so I'm sure that is something that will be a no miss event in my book!
Most of the time we see other Track coaches at Track meets when, well, we're coaching and just too busy to talk about details of our sport with our peers. This conference not only will provide you the opportunity to meet and re-connect with other coaches. At the end of the event, there will be a TN Track Coaches Association meeting where you can get involved in the discussions in what we can do to better the sport of Track & Field in the state of Tennessee. If you are passionate about our sport, then this is something you want to be a part of and help us make Track and Field a better sport in our state.
I certainly hope I see a lot of you there. The more we work together to learn and make our sport better, well, heck, the better we all become!
See you on the track,
To Register, click here - TN Track Coaches Clinic and Conference