Level 3 – USATF/IAAF Academy for Sprints/Hurdles or Endurance

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Level 3 – USATF/IAAF Academy for Sprints/Hurdles or Endurance

December 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Faculty: Full lineup to be announced by early October

Lance Brauman: Founder and coach of PURE Athletics; Brauman’s club includes a long history of success working with elite sprinters and jumpers. Most recently, he guided Noah Lyles to a gold medal in the 200m and 4x100m relay at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships. During the 2019 season, he also led Shakima Wimbley to a USATF Outdoor Championship title in the 400m, and Bahamian sprint sensation, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, to her third straight Diamond League 200m title and a 400m silver medal at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Frank Dick: President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, member of the IAAF Coaches Commission, as well as chair of the IAAF Academy and formerly the British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching. Dick’s coaching prowess includes success in Athletics leading UK decathlete Daley Thompson to Olympic gold, and also spans a variety of other sports including consulting with England Rugby, and the likes of Katarina Witt (figure-skating) and Boris Becker (tennis).
Dr. Ralph Mann: One of the world’s premier biomechanists and a USATF National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Dr. Mann has been a longtime contributor to the USATF sports science and high performance programs, focusing on using biomechanical analysis on elite sprinters and hurdlers to evaluate and improve their performances. Dr. Mann earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Physical Education from Brigham Young University prior to completing a Ph.D. in Biomechanics at Washington State University. He is an inductee of the USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame.
Dr. Robert Chapman: USATF Associate Director of Sports Science and Medicine; Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Indiana University. Dr. Chapman was a highly-touted endurance coach prior to moving into the teaching and administrative role. He currently leads USATF’s high performance sports science programs.
Scott Christensen: Christensen is one of the country’s top high school cross country and track & field coaches, leading Stillwater High School in Minnesota. His accolades include over 13 state titles, multiple National Top 10 High School rankings and he guided 2016 Rio Olympian (1500m) Ben Blankenship during his prep career.
Jackie Barcal: Head of Nutrition at IMG Academy, Barcal oversees all aspects of fueling professional and student-athletes at IMG Academy. Her vast experience includes stops at the University of Wyoming and at the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the inaugural Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program (SNIP). Barcal is a registered and licensed dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics.
Dr. Ken Clark: assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University (PA). Dr. Clark’s research interests include the mechanical factors underlying athletic performance and injury mechanisms, as well as the integration of motor learning with biomechanics as it relates to movement skill acquisition. In addition, Dr. Clark has over a decade of strength & conditioning coaching experience, spanning high school, private and the collegiate level.
Chris Stanley, Ph.D: Former research faculty at Florida State University, and current adjunct faculty in Department of Psychology at Florida Gulf Coast University. Stanley is a certified Mental Performance Consultant, and Team USATF Sports Psychologist serving most recently at the inaugural The Match: USA vs Europe and at the 2016 World Junior Championships.

The Academy will open Friday, December 27, 2019, with check-in from 2:00-3:15 pm (lunch not included in room & board on Friday, December 27). The opening session will begin at 3:30pm. The Academy will conclude on the evening of Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Housing is included on the night of 12/31, however due to the New Year’s Eve holiday participants are permitted to depart following their student presentation on 12/31. Presentations will begin at 10:00 AM on 12/31 and order will be assigned based on order of admittance to the course.

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Course Requirements:
The IAAF Academy contains 40 hours of contact time in classroom lectures, laboratory practicum, and demonstrations. Three individual projects are required by each student for completion of course. The course projects are valued at 100 points, and the student must receive a grade of 70 points to pass the course and earn an IAAF Elite coach Diploma and the USATF Level 3 Certification in their selected event area.

Student Projects:

Poster built by student with directions from the lecturers to illustrate their current coaching environment which includes a SWOT pictorial. Students may use computer, drawings, etc. Each student will be provided with a 24”X 24” poster sheet. Poster is due the third day of classes. Students should bring their own supplies: markers, crayons, pencils, etc.
On site, Individual presentation of the outline of an interdisciplinary project to be implemented over the next six months in the student’s home location.
Interdisciplinary project, due August 1, 2020. Project should apply the elements of methodology and pedagogy learned in the Academy lectures and include an interdisciplinary approach in utilizing all high performance resources if applicable to the selected project. Athlete Profile forms plus Macro (year long) and Micro (weekly) training calendars will be provided by the IAAF for students to utilize in fulfilling their final project.

Travel to/from IMG Academy is the responsibility of the participant. IMG Academy is accessible from Tampa International Airport (TPA) or Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). TPA is approximately one hour from the IMG Academy campus, and SRQ is approximately a 15-minute drive. Arrival/departure times should be booked in accordance with the posted check in/out times.

USATF advises that applicants wait until they receive an acceptance notification and presentation slot time (if departing on 12/31) before making travel arrangements.

Matt Rohlf
USATF Coaching Programs Manager
(317) 713-4667


December 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
January 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am


IMG Academy
5650 Bollettieri Blvd
Bradenton, FL 34210 United States