What Makes a Good Coach

Earlier this month I had the privilege of being interviewed by the Sports Coach Radio podcast. The podcast posts weekly in-depth interviews with leading sports coaches, sports scientists, exercise physiologists and team performance directors. When Glenn Whitney, the host, asked me if I would be interested in doing an interview I was a bit dumbfounded as to why. I’m always looking to help HMMR Media gain a bigger audience, but when I said he interviews leading people, I truly meant leading. He’s had some outstanding interviews Harry Marra, Vern Gambetta, and Clyde Hart in track and field and coaches of the same level in other sports too.

530838756ae1cfe0244204750c5d4761In the end we actually spoke little about coaching despite the name of the podcast. Instead we dove into topics like how to balance a career, technology in sports, and the hammer throw. All topics I fell like I can hold my own on. To have a listen, click here. But in preparation for the interview I spent some time thinking about coaching and since I didn’t get to speak about it as much during the interview, I thought I would share a few brief thoughts on the topic here.
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The Clark Kent of Hammer Throwing

I have the glasses and suit, now I just need some more muscles and the ability to fly.

I have been featured in a lot of magazine and newspaper articles over the years, but my recent interview with my club’s magazine was a little more fun since I had a photographer who wanted to experiment a little. I knew it would produce something unique when I received the photo to the right as an MMS from photographer Adrian Bretscher of Hangar Ent. Group. Bring your suit, he told me. You can see the results below.
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Discussing Westside Barbell With Wil Fleming

It’s been five years since I finished my collegiate eligibility and unfortunately that has been enough time for many of my competitors to retire. However it has been fun to see how successful they have become at their new ventures. One such person is Wil Fleming. Wil and I competed against each other in college while he was at Indiana University in Bloomington. At the 2006 NCAA championships he beat me by a few inches while we both earned All-American honors. He kept throwing after school and went on to throw 69.97 meters in 2008. Since then he has stepped away from the sport to launch Force Fitness and Performance together with former shot put and discus thrower Ryan Ketchum.

Force Fitness has quickly taken off and Wil is building a national name for himself not just as a performance coach, but also as an author, presenter, and blogger. One of my favorite recent posts lays out a teaching progression for Olympic lifting based on his experience as a coach and junior national champion in Olympic lifting. A few weeks ago he asked if I could answer a few questions about my training in order to relate it to try to relate it to other training methods and extra some useful points for those training in any sport. Read more