HMMR Podcast Episode 179: ThrowsTown USA (with John Frazier)

Eugene might be TrackTown USA, but Los Angeles has a good claim to being ThrowsTown USA. Not only does Nick live there, but it is home to UCLA and USC, with two of the nation’s top throwing traditions. Five years John Frazier got a unique opportunity as a coach: he got to return to his alma matter UCLA to continue the school’s legendary tradition of throws dominance. Since then UCLA throwers have only gotten stronger and Frazier has solidified himself as one of the top shot put coaches in the country, routinely qualifying multiple athletes for the NCAA Championships. On this episode of the podcast we talk to coach Frazier about his experience starting out as a throwing at UCLA under Art Venegas, his evolution as a coach, and his approach to continuing the UCLA tradition.

Listen now

Notes and quotes

John Frazier is currently the throwing coach at UCLA. As a student at UCLA in the mid-1980s under coach Art Venegas, he was a three-time all-American and still holds all-time top 10 marks in the shot put and hammer throw. In over 30 years of coaching he has worked at top schools across the country, including most recently long stints at the University of Tennessee and University of Arizona. Throughout his career he has coached 43 all-Americans, four NCAA champions, and numerous Olympians. He has been back at UCLA since 2013, where he has helped keep its strong throwing tradition alive.

To hear more on these topics, 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: