NEW ORLEANS – Symposiums at the USTFCCCA Convention are an annual opportunity for some of the country’s best coaches to share their wisdom on all aspects of track & field and cross country with attendees.
Among the five areas of expertise featured in the Symposiums are the jumps. This year’s convention features eight of the nation’s top jumps coaches who have guided their student-athletes to a number of accolades across the spectrum of jumping events:
- Jim Van Hootegem, the newly appointed head coach at Oklahoma after a very successful tenure as an assistant at Texas A&M, is among the most successful of the presenters. In College Station he was a part of seven NCAA team championships and 14 conference titles, and guided student-athletes to 22 NCAA individual champions.
- Lou Andreadis of Grand Valley State has developed a solid pole vault program which has seen 40 All-American honors and six NCAA Division II National Champion pole vault performances in ten years and set both men’s and women’s school records.
- Kevin Brown of South Carolina heads the Gamecocks’ pole vault program, in addition to working with the school’s well-respected sprinters and relay teams. In addition to numerous All-American and and All-SEC pole vaulters, Brown coached Lakya Brookins to a collegiate record and an NCAA title at 60 meters.
- Bryan Compton of Arkansas has worked with throwers, vaulters and combined-events athletes. His student-athletes have set 14 school records a total of 71 times, not including numerous heptathlon marks, and pole vaulter Tina Sutej was named a finalist for The Bowerman.
- Lucky Huber, the head coach of South Dakota, has guided his program to 16 conference team championships in his 20 seasons at South Dakota. His program – in its first year of Division I competition — just earned its first Division I individual national championship in the pole vault this season and finished with three first-team All-Americans.
- Todd Lane of LSU has been a member of the Tigers’ coaching staff for six seasons, during which time he has coached nine NCAA scorers to 29 All-America honors in four different jumping events. His student-athletes have also captured five SEC championships and 29 All-SEC honors over the last five seasons.
- Damion McLean of Appalachian State has produced 32 SoCon Champions, 82 All-Conference performances, five SoCon MVP’s, 13 NCAA qualifiers, nine USATF Championship/Olympic Trial Qualifiers, and App State record holders in the indoor long jump and indoor triple jump.
- Nic Peterson of Florida has been with the Gators for just one season, but has already been a part of a co-national team title outdoors and runner-up team finish indoors, and individual indoor long jump and outdoor triple jump titles by Marquis Dendy and Omar Craddock, respectively.
Convention-goers can attend one-hour presentations from these coaches beginning Monday, December 16, at 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Presentations will continue Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.; and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The full schedule is available here.
Registration for the 2013 USTFCCCA Convention is now open.