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2015 USATF National Podium Education Project

“The Best High Performance Symposium for all Track and Field Coaches in the USA. Do not miss it!”

October 24-25, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada

What is it: The Podium Education Project (PEP) is an annual High Performance symposium which brings together coaches and sport scientist to review and present the most cutting edge methodology and coaching practices. It is designed to provide an exchange of knowledge between scientists, elite coaches and podium level coaches who have achieved the status of developing a medal-winning athlete at the highest level (National Championships, Youth Olympics, Junior and Senior World Championships, Pan American Championships and the Olympic Games).

2015 Program: “Going for the Gold” In continuing the theme of games preparation from USATF’s 2014 “Road to Rio” PEP, the 2015 PEP is designed to provide cutting edge research topics prepared by the best USOC and USATF subject matter experts in addition to providing expert knowledge in performance from noted performance leaders outside our sport. The research of different disciplines who have similar goals for success, being the best on the day of the event, enriches and expands our strategies as track and field coaches.

Speakers who are skilled in “Going for the Gold”:

  • Dave Durden: USA Swimming Head Coach for the 2015 World Championships; Director of the top ranked collegiate swim program, UC-Berkeley.
  • Davis Boice: Retired Navy Seal who served several international assignments as a sniper in the Middle East.

Panel of Olympic Head Coaches including 2015 Head World Championship Coaches, Connie Price-Smith and Curtis Frye, who know the meaning of “when the pigeons fly, you better have some backbone”, coined by legendary Olympic Head Coach, Ed Temple.

  • Dr. Ralph Mann, lead sport scientist for USATF for sprints/hurdles, discusses biomechanical analysis in hurdling.
  • Medal winning coaches like Cliff Rovelto, George Williams, Dr. Joe Vigil will provide secrets and advice in a quick fire Q&A session from a moderator and the audience.
  • James Radcliffe: Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at National ranked athletic program at U of Oregon. In addition to working with the football and track and field teams, Jim prepares training programs for members of the Oregon Track Elite, as well as several other world class track and field athletes.

For the full schedule of presenters click here.

At the conclusion of day one, coaches can speak with presenters and expert coaches at the Coaches Reception following the presentations.

When: The PEP will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

We will be facilitating an opportunity to take the USOC SafeSport course at the PEP.

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Where: The conference will be held at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make your reservation by calling 877-887-2261 and reference "USA Track and Field" or book online and use the group code "13C2ZD" to secure the USATF room block rate. Room block will be open until October 8, 2015.

Schedule: Click here to view the schedule

Registration: Registration for the PEP is $80. Coaches who are members of the coaches registry will be able to register for a discount price of $25 by selecting “PEP Coaches Registry Registration” and entering your USATF membership number. If you have questions, e-mail Terry Crawford

Click here to Register

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