HMMR Podcast Episode 105: Bison Strong (with Justin St. Clair)

If you are looking for the best throws coach in America, your journey might take you to Fargo, North Dakota. Justin St. Claire has turned North Dakota State University from a remote team into one of the best training groups in the country. On this week’s episode we sit down with St. Clair to discuss the secrets behind his success including his approach to team culture, recruiting, training, and technique.

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St. Clair is in his sixth season as a coach at North Dakota State University. His team is not only one of the strongest in the country, but also one of the deepest across all events. A lot of the comes down to culture and the basics of training, which we talked a lot about on the episode. Here are some highlights:

When everyone buys in you feel a driving force to just put your nose down, go out and do it. Click To Tweet Coaching is not about what you can get out of it, it is what you can give. @ndsuthrows Click To Tweet

Play around with your peaking strategy in offseason so you don't have to rely on getting lucky. Click To Tweet Throwing is about balance, direction, posture, and rhythm. Line all those up and it'll go far. Click To Tweet

To learn more from St. Clair, listen to the full episode above. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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  • You can learn more about St. Clair’s background on the NDSU webpage. The team webpage also has information for recruits.
  • You can follow the NDSU throws squad on Twitter (@ndsuthrows) and Instagram (@bisonthrows).
  • We mentioned the rise of the NDSU program reminds us a lot of the program we were both involved with at Cal State Northridge under Coach Glenn McAtee. McAtee was a guest on Episode 43 of the podcast.
  • I mentioned an article I wrote about using the weight throw as a training tool for other events. You can read the entire article here.
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