Nick Garcia is one of the leading high school coaches in the country. For the past 13 seasons he has served as the strength coach and throws coach at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. During this time he has guided more than 35 throwers over 50 feet (15 meters), including both spinners and gliders and 10 over 55 feet. Two of the girls he has coached have also broken 49 feet (15 meters). He is certified as a level three USATF coach and level five IAAF coach, as well as by CSCS and USA Weightlifting.
Garcia is also an active thrower and has been throwing the shot put for the last 17 years. As a student at California State University Northridge, Garcia was a two-time Big Sky conference champion in the shot put. In ten years of post-collegiate training he increased his personal best to 18.35 meters. This was also done even though, by shot put standards, he is not the typical thrower: he measures just 170-centimeters (5-foot 7-inches) tall and has a snatch of just 105-kilograms. For more about Nick’s approach to throwing, check out this detailed interview with him.
With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology, Nick is also an experienced presenter on both strength training and throws training. He is a faculty member for the Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network (GAIN) and has presented at the Canadian National Throws Conference, LA84 Advanced Clinic, and multiple courses and clinics for both the World Athletics Center and HMMR Media.