Behind every coach are their influences. When it comes to the throwing events, one quiet coach behind the scenes has been one of the most influential voices in closing the gap between America and the rest of the world in the hammer throw and other throwing events. Kevin McGill has been on a lifelong quest to learn about the throwing events and share his knowledge with others. On this week’s GAINcast he shares some stories and lessons from his journey.
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Kevin McGill is a leader in coaching education. Born and raised in New York, he was the former head track coach at Columbia University. He served for years as editor of Track Coach, lead USATF throws instructor, and founder of Hammer Notes.
- 0:00 – Introduction.
- 6:15 – McGill’s experiences learning about the javelin as a teenager.
- 12:00 – Coaching in Vermont and at CW Post.
- 19:00 – USATF Coaches education experiences.
- 26:15 – Lessons from a small guy: discus thrower Glenn Passey.
- 30:30 – Developing the hammer throw and what finally drove American hammer forward.
- 42:00 – Searching for Seppo.
- 49:30 – Why US falls behind in the javelin.
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- You can learn more about Kevin McGill in Vern’s written interview with him from 2006.
- McGill started to revolutionize training amongst American hammer throwers by launching the Hammer Notes periodical in the 1980s. All of the issues are available online. McGill worked closely with Harold Connolly to develop the American hammer throwing scene. We’ve written about Connolly previously in several articles.
- One of McGill’s historic articles referenced in this episode: In search of Seppo.