After leading athletes to 24 NCAA titles in 15 years, throws coach Dave Dumble packed up and headed north to take on a new challenge of building a program from scratch at Oregon State University. On this week’s podcast Dumble joins us to talk about the move, what he is building at Corvallis, his coaching philosophy, and more.
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Dave Dumble is hands down the most successful collegiate throws coach of this new century. His athletes have won 24 NCAA titles and 82 All-American honors. He also has been honores as national throws coach of the year twice, as well as national men’s Outdoor Assistant coach of the year in 2010. As a thrower, he hones his skills at Bakersfield College and UCLA. He spent the bulk of his coaching career at Arizona State before moving to Oregon State in 2016.
- 4:00 – Moving from the top program to a startup a finding balance: “The major factor was my family. If you want to move up as a coach you have to abandon the idea of where you want to live, you just take the next job. “
- 8:00 – The stress of the NCAA lifestyle: “The NCAA lifestyle is not easy on the family. You are working nights and weekends and traveling every weekend. You see more and more coaches burning out recently. “
- 10:00 – Evolution of top programs, recruiting, and expectations of coaches: “There are more schools that are putting more money into programs, but that means they demand results and accountability. “
- 13:00 – Introducing high performance elements to a developmental team: “It’s about celebrating successes. We have high standards for our athletes and encourage them along the way. “
- 14:30 – Patience in coaching.
- 16:45 – Influences as coaches: his father, Bob Covey, Art Venegas, and more.
- 21:00 – Transitioning from throwing to coaching: “You know how to throw, but being able to translate that to someone else and get them to learn how to move is a skill. “
- 23:00 – Coaching beginners vs. elite athletes.
- 28:30 – Learning new events: javelin and hammer: “It is good that I came to the hammer from a discus background since I lot of my throwers come to the hammer from that background. They want to work the body and the implement will follow. The hammer is the opposite. “
- 34:00 – Throwing multiple events: “We started out throwing multiple events because we could and we scored points. I still take that mindset, but athletes tend to have one event they are best at and we cater to that event. If a second event detracts from that, we’re not doing it. ” “There are a lot of things you can learn in one event and carry over to another event. Throwing is about one movement and learning it in detail. If you learn other movements, it will force you to go outside your comfort zone and that makes you a better athlete with a bigger toolbox. “
- 38:00 – The Oregon State recruiting pitch and goals for 2020.
- 42:30 – Adapting training methods to more developmental athletes.
- 45:00 – The interaction of strength coaches and throws coaches in the NCAA environment.
- 50:00 – Learning from other coaches and using strength coaches as a new input.
- 52:30 – Competing against your former coach and his first coaching breakthroughs.
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- You can learn more about Dumble on the Oregon State webpage. You can also find him on Instagram (@CoachDumble) and Twitter (@CoachDumble).
- We’ve had several other former UCLA throwers on the podcast, including Suzy Powell last week, John Godina, John Frazier, and Don Babbitt.
- We also discussed my interview with Adam Nelson where we talked about the mindset required for the shot put vs. hammer throw, and my article on rethinking the weight throw.