Over 150 episodes of the podcast, we’ve had on some of the world’s leading coaches share their experiences. But sometimes listeners don’t get to hear the whole story. On this week’s episode of the podcast, coach John Dagata joins us to give us a new perspective on our past episodes. As the throws coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, he’s run across many of our guests and shares some stories about ten different prior guests.
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John Dagata and Nick Garcia were teammates at Cal State Northridge and have been friends ever since. After focusing on the hammer throw, Dagata then started out as a throws and jumps coach working at UC Santa Barbara, Iowa State University, Wales, and the University of Oklahoma. He has been at the US Olympic Training Site sine 2016, guiding an elite group of post collegiate throwers.
Click the names in the show notes below to listen to the full episode with each prior guest mentioned.
- 8.30 – Glenn McAtee and intensity: “I don’t care where you are at, you can build something that lasts forever. “
- 14:00 – Derek Evely (also a guest here and here): “The best coaches want to make anyone great. There is something under their skin that needs to get better. “
- 21:45 – Creating presence as a coach, and building a brotherhood amongst the team.
- 26:00 – Dave Wollman
- 29:00 – Art Venegas and having respect for the sport and its history. “Art Venegas can simply articulate movement. His voice is like an instrument. “
- 37:30 – Dan Lange, honesty, and the last jedi.
- 41:45 – Knowing what to do vs. knowing how to do it. Examples from Vern Gambetta (also here), Nick Folker (also here), and others. “Athletes know what they need and what they want, so you have to be right there with them. “
- 48:30 – Jeremy Fischer and understanding athletes.
- 51:45 – “We all remember the stories. So go out and create your own stories. That’s what learning is about. “
- 52:15 – Dan Pfaff and Don Babbitt and instilling confidence.
- 58:00 – Loren Seagrave on knowing your audience.
- 1:01:30 – Bondarchuk and breaking through language barriers.
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- Click directly the names in the show highlights above to listen to the full episode with each prior guest mentioned.