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Nov. 20, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina track and field program will host the South Carolina Acceleration, Sprint and Hurdle Coaching Clinic on Fri., Nov. 22, and Sat., Nov. 23, 2013, on the University’s campus. The event is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and USA Track and Field (USATF) for continuing education.

Cost of the event, which is open to all coaches, is $100.00 (cash or check only, please). Walk-up registration is available from 5-6:00 p.m., prior to the first session on Friday at the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center at 1302 Heyward St. Columbia, SC 29208. Each day’s presentations will take place on the first floor of the Dodie. Over 80 coaches have already registered.

The program includes biomechanics pioneer and USATF Director of the Elite Athlete Sprint & Hurdle Program Dr. Ralph Mann, former U.S. Olympic Committee Winter Division head sport psychologist Dr. Brad DeWeese, former Clemson head coach Lawrence “Boogie” Johnson, Liberia Olympic coach Garfield Ellenwood and South Carolina High School Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Famer Danny Brooks.

Some of South Carolina’s own will also present, including licensed psychologist and sports psychologist Dr. Kendra Ogletree-Cusaac, who works with athletes, teams and coaches at all levels. South Carolina assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kevin Brown as well as Gamecock assistant sprint and hurdle coach James Daniels are also on the program.

After registration ends at 6 p.m., on Friday, the day includes presentations from Brooks on the transition from high school to college for track athletes and Dr. Ogletree-Cusaac on the appropriate relationships in coaching with new age athletes. The day concludes with a presentation from Ellenwood on hurdle training.

The second day kicks off on Saturday at 7:30 a.m., with South Carolina’s Brown presenting on acceleration drills and NFL Combine drills. Dr. Mann takes the floor after to speak about the analysis of sprint mechanics. Dr. DeWesse wraps-up the morning with his presentation on the new definition of periodization.

After a lunch break, South Carolina’s Daniels gives a training model for the 400 and 200-meters. Johnson then takes the floor to talk about the development of a world champion in the 100-meter hurdles.

Dr. Mann concludes the event with a lecture on start mechanics and maximum velocity.

For more information and online registration, click here.

Dr. Ralph Mann highlights the group of distinguished speakers. Mann, an Olympic silver medalist, is a scholar in the field of sport biomechanics. In 1982, Mann was one of six individuals that founded the Elite Athlete Program that brought Sport Science to the forefront of USA Track and Field. For the past 25 years he has served as USATF Director of the Elite Athlete Sprint & Hurdle Program.

Known as one of the nation’s top sport performance coaches and sport scientists, Dr. Brad DeWeese has served as the head sport psychologist for the US Olympic Committee’s Winter Division. Currently, DeWeese is serving as a professor at East Tennessee State University in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Science and Leisure Studies. The school also serves as a U.S. Olympic Committee Training site.

Coach of 100-meter hurdle 2013 World Champion and current American record holder Breanna Rollins, Lawrence “Boogie” Johnson will speak on the development of a world champion in the 100-meter hurdles. Prior to moving into the professional realm, Johnson spent five years as Clemson’s Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, where his teams blossomed into one of the nation’s elite-level programs.

Garfield Ellenwood has been a collegiate coach all over the country, working primarily with sprinters and hurdlers. A member of the USATF Athlete Advisory Committee since 1999, Ellenwood has been a USA assistant coach for the 2005 World University Games and the head coach of Liberia’s 2008 Olympic track and field team.

Over the last 30 years, Danny Brooks, has co-sponsored and spearheaded summer enrichment programs for youth in and around the Columbia, S.C., area. The long-time track and field head coach at local Dreher High School, Brooks entered the South Carolina High School Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008. Brooks’ teams have earned eight state titles, five state-runner ups and 47 region titles.