USATF Level 1 School – Zoom #21 (CST)

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USATF Level 1 School – Zoom #21 (CST)

December 11, 2020 @ 9:30 am - December 14, 2020 @ 9:00 pm


School Director
Sue Humphrey

Instructors and Bios

Sue Humphrey was the 2004 Head Women’s Olympic Coach and has received the Nike Coach of the Year Award. She has had several years of experience coaching elite, collegiate, and high school athletes; including Charles Austin, the 1996 Olympic Gold medalist in the high jump. She is the only female coach to have NCAA champions in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. She holds USATF Level 2 certifications in sprints/hurdles/relays and jumps.

Richie Mercado is the St. John’s High School (Houston, TX) Head Track & Field Coach and has coached 30+ years. He recently earned his USATF Level 3 and IAAF Level V Elite Coach Diploma in the Jumps. He also has a USATF Level 2 in the combined events and is the Jr. Coordinator for USA Heptathlon. He serves as secretary of the NACACTFCA (North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association).

Cheryl Mitchell is Level 2 certified in endurance, throws, jumps and sprints. She has been a Level 1 Instructor in the Houston area. With 29 years of coaching experience, she has coached multiple athletes who have gone on to compete at the collegiate level, including Raevyn Rogers. She coaches girls’ cross country and track and field at the Kinkaid School (Houston, TX).

Lauren Smith’s coaching career started at her alma mater, the University of Houston, as a volunteer coach. She then became an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at The Academy of Art University and the 2013 NCAA Women’s Division II indoor/outdoor track champions. Her coaching career continued at The United States Military Academy, West Point, and then at Altis in Phoenix. She is now the hurdle coach at Episcopal High School in Houston, TX.

Schedule (subject to change)
Attendance at all live sessions is required. Sessions will not be recorded. All times below are Central Standard Time (CST).

Time Section
5:00 PM-5:30 PM Introductions
5:30 PM-6:00 PM Ethics and Risk Management
6:00 PM-6:30 PM Positive Coaching
6:30 PM-8:00 PM Psychology
8:00 PM-9:00 PM Physiology
9:00 PM Wrap Up
Time Section
9:30 AM-10:45 AM Biomechanics
10:45 AM -12:00 PM Training Theory
12:00 PM-2:00 PM Intermission
2:00 PM-3:30 PM Biomotor Training for Speed and Power
3:30 PM-7:30 PM Sprints/Relays/Hurdles
7:30 PM Wrap Up

Time Section
9:30 AM-12:00 PM Jumps
12:00 PM-2:00 PM Intermission
2:00 PM-3:30 PM Jumps
3:30 PM-7:30 PM Throws
7:30 PM Wrap Up
Time Section
5:00 PM-7:00 PM Endurance/Racewalking
7:00 PM-8:00 PM Q & A
8:00 PM Wrap Up


December 11, 2020 @ 9:30 am
December 14, 2020 @ 9:00 pm