GAINcast Episode 229: The coach’s coach (with Kevin McGill)

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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Notes and quotes

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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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: