8 core principles in developing a coaching philosophy
The coaching philosophy you choose is central to how you define your career and how your team functions in practices and competitive situations. The coaching philosophy is the foundation of your program.
The first thing to remember as a coach is that hurdlers apply much greater stress to their legs and body than do normal sprinters; therefore, you cannot expect them to run hurdles on back-to-back days. This does not eliminate, however, the need to work on the daily flexibility that is associated with the hurdling technique.
When it comes to building a top-notch track and field program, performance is only part of the picture. From training and motivation on the field to planning and organizing behind the scenes, Coaching Track & Field Successfully offers a comprehensive guide to getting your program up to speed.
Season planning. Event coaching. Meet preparation. Postmeet analysis. Athlete–coach communication. This book covers all the issues a coach must effectively address in building and maintaining a championship program. How do you motivate players? What’s your philosophy of coaching? How can you communicate your vision to athletes, parents, and critical members of the coaching team? With Coaching Track & Field Successfully, you’ll learn all of that and much more from someone who’s been through it all.
Since 1986 Mark Guthrie has coached the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse teams to 17 Division III national championships. Before that he was a high school coach with the skill, insight, and drive to lead his school to three consecutive state cross country championship victories. Now he presents proven techniques to pack more power into your program.
Guthrie teaches the essential techniques of the sport, provides simple training programs, and presents a wealth of vital information required for building a quality team. His teaching progressions, event-specific technical instruction, and tips on planning for big events make Coaching Track & Field Successfully the critical resource coaches need to take their teams to the top.
Part I Coaching Foundation
Chapter 1 Developing a Coaching Philosophy
Chapter 2 Communicating Your Approach
Chapter 3 Motivating Track and Field Athletes
Chapter 4 Building a Track and Field Program
Part II Coaching Plans
Chapter 5 Planning for the Season
Chapter 6 Preparing for Practices
Part III Coaching Events
Chapter 7 Sprints and Sprint Relays
Chapter 8 Hurdle Events
Chapter 9 Middle Distance and Distance Events
Chapter 10 High Jump
Chapter 11 Pole Vault
Chapter 12 Long Jump and Triple Jump
Chapter 13 Throwing Events
Part IV Coaching Meets
Chapter 14 Mental Training for Teams
Chapter 15 Preparing for Meets
Mark Guthrie is the men's track and field head coach at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, where he maintains a national championship-caliber program year after year. His teams have won 17 Division III championships and 28 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles since he took over the program in 1986. Guthrie began his coaching career in 1975 at the high school level, where he led his teams to three consecutive state cross country championships. Guthrie's success earned him the United States Track Coaches Association's National Coach of the Year Award in 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was named Regional Coach of the Year seven times and is currently the president of the USTCA for Division III. He and his wife, Dawn, enjoy traveling, boating, and attending their daughters' athletic events.
Mark has provided a valuable guide on the technical aspects of track and field, but more importantly he has captured the soul of coaching athletes in our sport. This book will help coaches at all levels to coach the events better, to get their athletes to believe in themselves, and to develop them physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
Gary Wilson Head Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach University of Minnesota