Track and Field Coach

Track and Field Coach

ThrowsCoach

Manoa, HI

Male, 52

I am a track and field coach and my specialties are in the throwing events namely, the shot, the discus the hammer and the javelin. The training involves a lot of strength training as well as technical development. My other responsibility is in recruiting men and women (in this case women only as I am with an all female team), to represent the university in various collegiate competitions.

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Last Answer on November 10, 2013

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Does the NCAA ever add NEW track & field events? Are there any that you're aware of that are up for consideration? Seems like it's been the same set of events forever.

Asked by slowgrind over 4 years ago

The track and field events for outdoor competition, other than changing from yards to meters, has not changed in the events contested. There are no new events that are up for consideration. In recent history, the Women's Pole Vault, the Women's Steeplechase , Women's Hammer throw and the Women's Triple Jump were all added to the NCAA competition events. The same events, give a history of the development of the sport as well as a comparison of athletes over time.

What percentage of your athletes play for the full four years of college?

Asked by Tripp FTW over 4 years ago

Over the years, the percentage of athletes who play for four years, not counting dual sport athletes, 97%.

Does someone have to be big and bulky to be great at the shot put? Is shot put success based more on size, or technique?

Asked by slowburn over 4 years ago

The shot put is based on the ability to throw. There are 2 types of technique, the spin technique and the glide technique. Both are highly effective, depending on the skill of the athlete. it can be argued that the spin suits the "smaller" athlete as compared to the glide which, favors the bigger bulkier athlete. But irregardless of the style the ability to throw well is based on technique.

Do your athletes ever complain that they're missing out on the college experience by devoting so much time to athletics?

Asked by Mr. Scruff over 4 years ago

For the most part, athletes involved in athletics, are doing so by choice. They are having a college experience, but it is one that includes Athletics. Athletics does not stop a student from going to parties nor "hanging out" with friends. The choice to participate in sports is the choice made by the students and usually your education is paid for by scholarship for your participation in sports. So there is a financial as well as a personal satisfaction gained by being involved in college sports. Your commitment is reflected by the the college's commitment vis a vis scholarship.

Do you allow your athletes to play another sport in the track & field off-season, and if so what's the most common dual sport? And are you more wary of a recruit if he tells you he wants to play 2 sports because he may not be as committed to track?

Asked by Carlcarl over 4 years ago

Track and Field and Cross Coutry are year round sports. Sometimes athletes are talented enough to be abe to contribute at a collegiate level in more than one sport. In general, if an athlete is in Track and Field, he/she will concentrate soley on Track and field. there are the exceptions, such as offensive or defensive linemen who may have thrown a Shot or a Discus in high school and they are good enough to continue that process into college. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of this, is Michael Carter. Michael is the national high school record holder in the Shot at 81'3 1/2" set in 1979 and he did that during his off-season in Football! He went on to win 7 NCAA titles in the Shot and is the 1984 Olympic Silver medalist in the Shot and then went on to win a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in 1985. So I would say that the commitment to your sport(s) is reslly determined by your abilities and though very tough it is possible.  So the most common dual sport athlete is Football and Track for the men, and Volleyball and Track for the women.

Does collegiate track and field get the appropriate amount of attention and resources compared to other NCAA sports? Does it tick you off if a school's mediocre football or b-ball team gets all the spotlight, while its stellar track team gets little?

Asked by Barry over 4 years ago

If you were to look at the number of countries participating in Track and Field (over 200 at Olympics and World Championships), you could say Track and Field is one of the biggest sports world wide. At the collegiate level, Football, Basketball and Baseball are very important, that does not diminish Track and Field because usually the success of those programs, in particular Football, allows Track and Field to flourish in the collegiate setting.

Rank from easiest to hardest to learn: shot, discus, hammer, javelin.

Asked by Lamar Latrell over 4 years ago

Hammer followed by Javelin followed by Discus and then, Shot.