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USATF Contents for TC229


USATF Calendar of Schools—/Coaches/Coaching-Education/Calendar-of-Schools.aspx

Level 1

Oct. 5-6 — Pueblo High School – Tucson, AZ
Nov 1-3 — Marian University – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 9-10 — Lipscomb University – Nashville, TN
Nov 9-10 — Nazareth College – Rochester, NY
Nov 15-17 — Life University – Marietta, GA
Nov 23-24 — Allen High School – Allen, TX
Nov 30-Dec 1 — University of Richmond – Richmond, VA
Dec 6-8 — Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (USATF Annual Meeting) – Reno, NV
Dec 7-8 — UCSD – San Diego, CA
Dec 13-15 — St. John’s School – Houston, TX
Dec 13-15 — University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC
Dec 14-15 — St. John’s University – Queens, NY
Dec 20-22 — Westerville South High School – Westerville, OH
Dec 21-22 — Florida Atlantic University (FAU) – Boca Raton, FL
Dec 21-22 — Cerritos College – Norwalk, CA
Dec 21-22 — Owasso High School – Owasso, OK

Level 2

Dec 27-31 — IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL
Sprints/Hurdles/Relays and Endurance

Level 3

Dec 27-Jan 1 — USATF/IAAF Academy
IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL
Sprints/Hurdles/Relays and Endurance

*2020 USATF Coaching Education opportunities will begin posting to the calendar by late October.

USATF/IAAF Academy Returns to IMG Academy – Apply Now

The USATF/IAAF Academy returns for the seventh collaboration December 27, 2019 – January 1, 2020 at IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL. The elite level course is the highest recognized achievement in the IAAF and USATF Coaches Education Certification System (CECS) pathway and combines over thirty hours of presentation and practicum on the track. This is your opportunity to learn from some of the most acclaimed coaches and sports scientists in the world in a high performance and personal setting. After completion of the course, an individual will have the skills and knowledge to coach at the national, international and podium levels.

Preliminary Instructor Lineup (complete lineup to be announced soon):

  • Frank Dick: President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, member of the IAAF Coaches Commission, as well as chair of the IAAF Academy and formerly the British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching. Dick’s coaching prowess includes success in Athletics leading UK decathlete Daley Thompson to Olympic gold, and also spans a variety of other sports including consulting with England Rugby, and the likes of Katarina Witt (figure-skating) and Boris Becker (tennis).
  • Dr. Ralph Mann: One of the world’s premier biomechanists and a USATF National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Dr. Mann has been a longtime contributor to the USATF sports science and high performance programs, focusing on using biomechanical analysis on elite sprinters and hurdlers to evaluate and improve their performances. Dr. Mann earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Physical Education from Brigham Young University prior to completing a Ph.D. in Biomechanics at Washington State University. He is an inductee of the USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
  • Dr. Robert Chapman: USATF Associate Director of Sports Science and Medicine; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Indiana University. Dr. Chapman was a highly-touted endurance coach prior to moving into the teaching and administrative role. He currently leads USATF’s high performance sports science programs.
  • Scott Christensen: Christensen is one of the country’s top high school cross country and track & field coaches, leading Stillwater High School in Minnesota. His accolades include over 13 state titles, multiple National Top 10 High School rankings and he guided 2016 Rio Olympian (1500m) Ben Blankenship during his prep career.
  • Jackie Barcal: Head of Nutrition at IMG Academy, Barcal oversees all aspects of fueling professional and student-athletes at IMG Academy. Her vast experience includes stops at the University of Wyoming and at the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the inaugural Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP). Barcal is a registered and licensed dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Apply by midnight, October 31, 2019 to secure the pre-registration rate ($100 savings).

Select Coaching Enhancement Grant Opportunities Remaining – Deadlines Approaching

USATF/IAAF Academy Grant
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for a tuition and shared housing package grant; valued at $1519. Three grants are available, and application must be submitted by October 13, 2019 to for consideration.


  • Current member of the Coaches Registry
  • Coaching resume
  • Minimum of 10 years of coaching experience in an interscholastic, collegiate or elite athlete club
  • USATF Level 2 certification in selected event
  • Coached an athlete who has competed in USATF U20 or Senior Championships

Download a grant application at:

National Youth Track Coaches Association Level 1 Grant
The NYTCA is pleased to offer five Level 1 tuition grants ($205) to qualified applicants. Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019 to for consideration.


  • Current member of National Youth Track Coaches Association
  • Member of the USATF Coaches Registry
  • Current youth club coach, and actively coaching athletes who are 18 years or younger
  • Must include a two-paragraph statement of your goals for attending the selected Level 1 School

Download a grant application at:

New Online Interscholastic “Coaching Cross Country” Course Available
The NFHS and USA Track & Field (USATF) have partnered to release Coaching Cross Country. The new online course marks the third collaboration between the organizations, with Coaching Track & Field and Coaching Pole Vault course titles previously developed and available on the NFHS Learning Center.

In this three-hour course, coaches will learn how to develop a training plan, delve into the psychology and mental toughness of long-distance runners, discover how to identify, treat and prevent common injuries and much more. Tailored to the interscholastic coach’s needs, the training methodology was adapted from the popular in person USATF Cross Country Specialist Course—originally developed by USATF Legend and Olympic Medalist Coach, Dr. Joe Vigil.

Along with an NFHS certificate of completion, the course also qualifies for the USATF Coaches Registry Education Standard requirement and NFHS certification requirements.

Coaching Cross Country is available online on and retails for $35.