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Level 1 School

December 14 - 16, 2012
Houston Baptist University - Houston, Texas


Ryan Turner

Registration Information

$150.00 - Pre-registration (received by November 30, 2012)
$200.00 - Late Registration (received after November 30, 2012 or on-site)
$75 - Alumni pricing for those who have already taken and successfully completed the Level 1 Course. Please contact to verify alumni status and register for the course.

Click here to register online now. If you have problems registering online please contact the school director.

(A current USATF membership is required to register--please join online if you are not a member.)

ALL received registrations are posted on the Registration Status page (list is updated hourly).

Refund policy: Only 1/2 of the registration fee ($75.00) will be refunded after the registration deadline, and no refund will be given after the start date.


Houston Baptist University
Bradshaw Fitness Center
7737 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074

Bradshaw Fitness Center is located on the northbound feeder of US-59 between Beechnut and Fondren. The course will be instructed in Classrooms A, B, and C on the second floor.


Hilton Hotel
6780 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX
(713) 977-7911

Crowne Plaza Suites
9090 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX
(713) 995-0123


  • Richie Mercado is the St. Johnís High School (Houston, TX) Head Track & Field Coach. Richie competed as a decathlete at University of Virginia.  He has coached 29 years at St. John's School and is the Head Coach for girls and boys.  During that time he has coached dozens of conference champions in the pole vault, high jump, long jump, triple jump, sprints, and hurdles.  He is USATF level 2 Coach in the jumps and combined events and is the Jr. Coordinator for USA Heptathlon.  Mercado was the Head Coach for Team USA Heptathlon in the 2008 Thorpe Cup USA-Germany dual and the 2011 NACAC Cup Heptathlon in Jamaica.  He has served several times as an instructor in USATF Women's Jr. Elite jump camps, working with many top juniors, including Tianna Madison, 2005 World Champ in the LJ.  He has directed the St. Johnís Track & Field Camps for the past 18 years, and has served as secretary and annual congress coordinator of the North America, Central America, and Caribbean T&F Coaches Association for the last 22 years.
  • Casey Thom is an Assistant Coach at Rice University responsible for coaching the menís sprints, throws, and multi-events. Thom was an All-American decathlete at the University of Nebraska. Before arriving in Houston, Thom had stints at UCLA, Tulane, and the University of Nebraska. He is a USATF Level 2 Coach in the Sprints, Jumps, Multi-Events, and the Throws. Thom coached Ryan Harlan, who was ranked 7th in the world in the decathlon in 2006. In 2007 Harlan was the NACAC decathlon champion and placed 4th at the USA championships. Thom holds a Masterís degree in sport coaching and is USATF level 2 Coach in Sprints, Jumps, Throws, and Multi-Events.
  • Ryan Turner is entering his first season as the Head XC/Track & Field Coach at Pratt Community College. Prior to coaching at Pratt CC, Turner spent five years at the University of Houston as the Head Cross Country and Assistant Track & Field Coach. Turnerís 2011 Menís team placed 3rd at the CUSA Championships. During his time at Houston, Turner coached two individuals to advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships.  The Holdenville, Oklahoma., native holds a bachelorís degree in physical education, a master's degree in education and is USATF Level 2 Coach in the endurance and sprints/relays/hurdles events. He has two daughters, Lauryn and Haylie.


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