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Raske's Breakthrough In Men's Track Catapults Her Into Elite Company [ARTICLE]

by SIU Salukis on

While a freshman at Thornwood High School, SIU Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Kathleen Raske had her first, and only, female head coach.... Continue

Meet Director: Planning and Management [ARTICLE]


The benefits of hosting a meet at home are countless, but the most common reasons programs host home meets are because they can be more cost...... Continue

Talk Your Way to the Top: Developing the Mental Skill of Performance Enhancing Self-Talk [ARTICLE]


Student-athletes continually engage in conversation throughout the course of their days. These conversations include telling jokes with their friends...... Continue

A Recruiting Blueprint: The Art and Science behind Successful Collegiate Recruiting [ARTICLE]


Eleven years ago I accepted the position of Associate Head Cross Country/Assistant Track & Field Coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North...... Continue

Coach Communication Guidelines Self-Assessment [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

1. Messages should be direct. Coaches who are weak on this quality avoid straightforward, direct communication. Their athletes may not know where they stand. These coaches...... Continue

Group-Centered Coaching: Addressing the Whole Team [ARTICLE]


We live in an era of athlete-centered coaching. Athlete-centered coaching aims to educate and positively influence the athlete in body, mind and...... Continue

Motivation - Learning From Steve Prefontaine [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

The story of Steve Prefontaine remains a huge source of motivation for young runners who have seen the movies Prefontaine or Without Limits. Some kids have his poster in their bedrooms or read inspirational quotes by him. I remember him as an...... Continue

Growing Pains: The Effects of the Adolescent Growth Spurt on... [ARTICLE]


The four of them stood somewhat awkwardly together at the end of the cross-country race, the coach, the father, his wife and their daughter, the young athlete we'll call Liz. The father looked at his daughter and said, "I don't know what's the...... Continue

How Paul Sprangler Went from Walk-On Runner to Florida Assistant Coach [ARTICLE]

by Zach Dirlam - on

Despite winning the 3,200 meters state title in 1992, his junior year at Hernando (Fla.) High School, Spangler never got a recruiting call from Florida. Florida State University passed, too... ... Continue

Highest Effort Doesn't Always Equal Highest Performance [ARTICLE]


Any given performance requires some sort of effort. Generally, higher level performance requires more effort and vice versa. Many times the leap of logic is to assume the highest (perceived) effort must indicate the highest level of...... Continue