Suburban Carmel, Indiana might seem like an unlikely spot to find one of the nation’s top swimming clubs, but year in and year out it continues to produce champions. The Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School have put together a winning culture that has produced a national record 31 straight high school state championships. On a recent visit to the club, Vern sat down with Carmel coaches Chris Plumb and Ian Murray to discuss how they helped grow the culture and what role athletic development plays in their team’s success. Read more
Professional running coach Danny Mackey of the Brooks Beasts is literally married to his job. As he wrote about on HMMR Media last year, his team includes his wife, elite middle distance runner Katie Mackey. On this week’s episode we sit down with Danny and Katie to discuss how they make the most of the set up, what they are striving to improve upon, and the key factors in building a team. Read more
For the final episode in our series of interviews from the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence we sit down with the boss: high performance director Troy Taylor. Taylor discusses leading a high performance team, supporting coaches, and developing a culture across multiple sports, as well as his thoughts on various trends in training. Read more
Elite throwers Benn Harradine and Kibwé Johnson join the podcast for an end of season chat on a variety of topics. We discuss their impressions of Rio, preparing for the biggest stage, and how to deal with unexpected situations at major championships. In addition, we debate whether the men’s world records will fall and, if so, what it will take for someone to reach them. Read more
This past weekend both Vern and Martin presented at Scottish Athletics National Coaching Conference in Glasgow. During the seminar they took a few minutes away to share some instant impressions on the seminars they had heard so far, including topics like distance training, youth athletic development, and more. Read more
Earlier this week we celebrated the 30th birthday of the men’s hammer throw world record. When a record lasts that long, the inevitable question is whether it will ever be broken. The chances do not look good in the near-term future. Pawel Fajdek’s throw of 83.93 meters last year is the only all-time top 10 mark in the last decade and the winning distance at this year’s Olympics was the lowest since 1984. In the long-term many top coaches think a bigger throw is possible, but it will not be easy. It will require the sport to progress in terms of training methods, culture, and more. Below two Olympic champions share their thought on the future of our event. Read more
This year the Golden State Warriors were the buzz of the basketball world after they achieved a record 73 wins in the season. As soon as a team gets successful, the search for the reasons why quickly follow. On this week’s podcast we are joined by Lachlan Penfold, head of physical performance and sports medicine for the Warriors. He shares with us what he saw as keys to the team’s success, how he transitioned from rugby to basketball, and more. Read more
Culture is a buzzword in athletics. But it is more than just some slogan you put on the wall in your gym. It is about creating the heart of your team. On this episode of the GAINcast we dig a bit deeper into the topic to find out what team culture really is, what successful teams have in common, and how coaches can work on finding it.
This Episode’s Question: What is training culture and how can a coach build it?
In the beginning, there was Glenn McAtee. McAtee’s name is referenced on nearly every episode on the podcast for a good reason: he has been the major influence in Nick’s career and the force that connected Nick and me. The former Clemson and Cal State Northridge coach put together a great system to turn overlooked recruits into all-Americans. We ask him about how he set up that program, how he became on of the first coaches in the west to study Bondarchuk’s methods, and what he has learned working back at the youth level in recent years as head coach at JL Mann High School. Read more
We choose a little different format for this week’s episode of the GAINcast. Rather than have Vern tackle a question, we invited on a guest: Dr. Wade Gilbert. Gilbert is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Fresno State University, a faculty member at GAIN 2016 and serves as editor-in-chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal. On this week’s episode he tackles questions about the coaching profession, coaching values and culture, the art of coaching, and more. Read more