WHAT: 2017 LA84 Foundation Advanced High School Track & Field Coaches Clinic
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA
NOTE: This clinic is free of cost to all attendees

Registration is now closed


Address: 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

Detailed Directions



The agenda is tentative and subject to change

TimeSession TopicInstructorLocation
7:30am - 8:30amRegistration, complimentary coffee, juice and refreshments
Purchase a lunch from Subway by 9:00 AM to be delivered to you at the clinic at 12:30!
Student Center
8:30am - 8:55amWelcome, Introductions & Clinic Directions
Seating for all sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Student Center

9:00am - 9:45am
General Session:
Keynote Session
Why Are you Coaching? Why Your Profession Is So Important
Harry MarraStudent Center
10:00am - 11:00am Choose One Of the Following Sessions...
SprintsOrganizing A Great Sprint Program From Beginners to Advanced
Coley CandaeleStudent Center
HurdlesAdvanced Hurdle Analysis & Troubleshooting Jake KuritzClassroom 105
DistancesMiddle Distance (800-m / 1,600-m) High School Training
Program Philosophy & Design: A Conjugate Periodized Approach
Dr. Jeff Messer Classroom 104
Field EventsElements of the Fosbury Flop OR
Dick FosburyTrack
Trending Upward: Building A Progressive
And Strategic Pole Vault Program
B.J. VandrovecClassroom 102
Tracing Technical Mistakes from
Result to Cause & Correction - Glide
Ramona PagelClassroom 106
11:15am - 12:15pmChoose One Of The Following Sessions…
General Session:Sprint Mechanics: A Mandate For Success
in All Track and Field Events

Harry MarraStudent Center
SprintsChampion Coaching Philosophy and
Developing Motivated Athletes

Monique HendersonClassroom 106
HurdlesThe Philosophy & Physiological Aspects of HurdlersJoy UpshawClassroom 105
DistancesApproaches to Multi-Pace Training for
Year-Round Endurance Athletes

Dena EvansClassroom 104
Field EventsVelocity Based Training For the
Throws and Other Events
Nick GarciaClassroom 106
Long Jump Take-off – Teaching and Understanding
The Penultimate Step
Cameron GaryClassroom 101
12:15pm - 1:15pmLunchEnjoy lunch with event presenters and other coaches
Afternoon AgendaThose attending one of the 1:15 PM track sessions should go directly to the track stadium or weight room!
1:15pm - 2:15pmChoose One Of The Following Sessions…
SprintsDevelopment and Progression Of The Elite Sprinter
For Peak End Of The Season Performance
Coley CandaeleStudent Center
HurdlesAdvanced Hurdle Drills, Workouts
& Periodization Training
Jake KuritzClassroom 105
DistancesWhat Post-Collegiate Endurance Athletes Wish They Knew in
High School: Training to Build a Career for the Long Haul

Dena EvansClassroom 104
Field EventsTechnical Applications of the High Jump – Part 1 ORDarcy AhnerClassroom 101
Weight Training and Conditioning for the Throws ORRamona PagelWeight Room
Drill Progression For Vaulters Of
All Skill Levels: First Timer To Elite
B.J. VandrovecTrack
Strength and Skill Training Without a Weight Room Via a Complete Med Ball Program
Harry MarraTrack
2:30pm - 3:30pmChoose One Of The Following Sessions…
SprintsAdvanced Drills and Training for the SprintsMonique HendersonTrack
HurdlesAwesome Drills & Tips For Your HurdlersJoy UpshawTrack
DistancesEndurance Training: Current Science &
Application to Training Program Design
Dr. Jeff MesserClassroom 104
Field EventsTechnical Applications of the High Jump – Part 2 ORDarcy AhnerTrack
Specific Strength Option For the Rotational Throws ORNick GarciaClassroom 103
How Swinging Body Segments Affect
Balance in the Triple Jump
Cameron GaryTrack
3:30pmReturn Evaluations
If you pre-registered, you may pick up your free copy of the LA84 Foundation Track & Field Coaches Manual and your Certificate of Completion at the Registration area at any time during the day.


Darcy Ahner, Head Coach UCSD Women’s Track and Field Program – { }

A Level II USA Track and Field certified coach, Ahner is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Prior to joining the UCSD staff in 2000, Ahner spent seven years at her alma mater, the University of New Mexico , coaching the jumps and multi-events. She spent the two years prior to that at Northern Arizona University , coaching the jumps, hurdles and multi-events. As an athlete, Ahner competed in the heptathlon setting school records in the high jump, Javelin and heptathlon at New Mexico . She was honored as the Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Athlete in 1989 and was the conference heptathlon champion in 1988 and 1989. Ahner was a three-time NCAA Division I Championships qualifier, as well as a World Championships trials competitor in 1990.

Coley Candaele – Vista Murrieta High School – { }

Coley Candaele is currently is the head track & field at Vista Murrieta High School, the 2016 and 2015 California State Champions in track. In high school he competed in both sports for Carpinteria High School winning 3 CIF titles as a quarterback in football, and 7 CIF titles in track as well as the 1990 State Title in the 1600m. He went on to compete at the University of Oregon in both cross country and track, then finishing his running career and education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He immediately began teaching and coaching and has coached both football and track & field for the past 22 years.  He has coached teams 7 CIF titles and 8 runner-ups. In 2004 he received the CIF Model Coach Award for the State.

Dena Evans – Strava Track Club – { }

Dena Evans is a former four time Washington high school state champion and three time Division I All-American in the middle distances. She served on the Stanford Cross Country and Track and Field coaching staff from 1999-2005 and was named 2003 NCAA Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and 2004 Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year (Women’s Distance). Dena has twice served as a team leader for US teams at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, served as women’s US team leader at the 2013 BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country international match, and assistant women’s distance coach for Team USA at the 2014 IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas.  She currently coaches athletes of all ages from novice runners to international caliber competitors, and coordinates the local post-collegiate competitive group, Strava Track Club.

Dick Fosbury – 1968 Olympic Champion – High Jump – { }

Dick Fosbury won the 1968 Olympic Gold Medal in the high jump setting a new Olympic Record using his (at the time) revolutionary technique, the Fosbury Flop. He has been inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame, the Oregon Hall of Fame, the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the World Humanitarian Hall of Fame. He has served as a Vice President of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Association for the past 8 years. Dick has been teaching at clinics and Track Camps around the world for over 25 years and is the Honorary Chairman of the Simplot Games held in Pocatello each February for the past 35 years.

Nick Garcia –  Notre Dame High School – Throws  { }

M.S., C.S.C.S, USAW, USATF Level II: Coach Garcia is a graduate of St. Francis High School in Mountain View, CA, where he won ALL-WCAL honors as an offensive guard and shot putter in track and field.  Coach Garcia continued his football and track career at San Jose City College where he started at linebacker and was a state finalist in the shot put.  He then accepted a track scholarship to California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  While at CSUN, Coach Garcia earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology and was a two-time Big Sky champion in the shot put.  Coach Garcia teaches Physical Education, coaches the throwing events for track and field, and is the Strength and Conditioning coach for Notre Dame High School.

Cameron Gary  – Jumps { }

Cameron is a San Diego based jumps, sprints, and strength coach. He has coached athletes at the Youth, high school, D-1 collegiate and elite levels.  Cameron is now the Head Track & Field Coach at El Cajon Valley High School. As a competitor, Cameron was a high school and collegiate conference champion, school record holder, national championship and 1984 United States Olympic Trials qualifier in the Triple Jump. Cameron holds a USA Track & Field (USATF) Level III coaching certification in the jumps, and a Level II certification in the sprints, hurdles, and relays.  Cameron also holds a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Performance Coach certification and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Monique Henderson-Olympic Champion – Coach Golden West College { }

Monique Henderson is a three-time Olympian – 2000, 2004, 2008. She won golds in 2004 and 2008 as a member of the 4×400 meter relay team.  While at Morse High School she won 5 California State individual Championships: one in the 200 meters and 4 straight years as California State Champion in the 400 meters.  At age 17, she set a National Jr. Record and current High School National Record of 50.74 in the 400 meters. and she became the first high school athlete to make the USA Olympic Track and Field Team since 1976, Henderson’s section, state, and national scholastic records in the 400 meters still stand today. She went on to UCLA and won 9 conference titles in the 200 and 400 meters, and an NCAA championship in the 400 meters. Coach Henderson obtained a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Psychology.  She has earned her USAT&F Level II Coaching Certification. Coach Henderson was a Professor of Exercise Science and Kinesiology at San Diego Mesa College and is currently the Head Coach of Golden West College’s Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Golden West College. While at San Diego Mesa College she coached the sprinters who earned a third place team title at the CCCAA State Championships. Her men’s team won 5 consecutive conference titles while the women won three.

Jake Kuritz – Hurdles { }

Jake Kuritz is a USATF Level 2 certified coach in sprints, hurdles & relays.  As a former Division I athlete, Kuritz was an eight-time varsity letter recipient and academic All-Ivy student-athlete while competing at Brown University.  He coached high school track in California for 11 years where he has sent individual hurdlers to the CA state meet 9 times, 30+ hurdlers to CIF Finals, and developed three, top-10 nationally ranked shuttle-hurdle relay teams. He is currently in his third year coaching at Cal State San Marcos where he has coached two All-Americans and multiple school record setting performances.

Harry Marra – Combined Events – { }

Harry Marra is the coach for Ashton Eaton–2012 Olympic gold medalist, two-time World Champion (2013, 2015) and world record-holder in the decathlon—and Brianne Theisen-Eaton–: 2012 Olympian and two-time silver medalist at the IAAF World Championships (2013, 2015) in the heptathlon, Canadian national record-holder with 6,808 points. Gold medalist in the indoor pentathlon at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Marra joined Oregon Track Club Elite’s coaching staff in the summer of 2010. He served as the team’s combined-event coach. He served as the Ducks’ assistant coach for both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2010. A former decathlete himself, Marra served as Head Coach of the USA National Decathlon Team from 1990 to 2000. During that time, the team set every possible World Record in the decathlon, highlighted by Dan O’Brien’s gold-medal victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Prior to serving as the National Team coach, Marra spent 12 years (1981-1993) as the Head Track and Field Coach at San Francisco State and four years in the same position at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. He also served as Assistant Track and Field Coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1975-77. He was twice named “Coach of the Year” for the Northern California Athletic Conference. He is founder and director of “Deca-Jam” – the first international decathlon competition to be held in the USA with major prize money.

Dr. Jeffrey I. Messer –Mesa Community College – { }

Dr. Jeffrey I. Messer serves as department chair and faculty in exercise physiology for the Exercise Science Department at Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona. His doctoral research program emphasized exercise biochemistry with a specific research focus in skeletal muscle mitochondrial bioenergetics. Dr. Messer applies his passion for teaching and scholarly inquiry through his strong involvement in coaching both interscholastic endurance athletes and, periodically, pre-secondary and post-collegiate endurance athletes. From 2006 – 2012, Dr. Messer served as co-head coach for cross-country and assistant coach (distance) for track-&-field at Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix, Arizona. The Xavier College Preparatory cross-country program earned six consecutive (2007 – 2012) Arizona high school girl’s state cross-country championships. During the three-year period from 2010 – 2012, the Xavier College Preparatory cross-country program concluded the associated cross-country seasons ranked 22nd, 8th, and 21st in the United States. During the 2012 Arizona high school track-&-field season, Xavier College Preparatory had twelve (12) student-athletes average 5:13 for the 1,600-meter distance. In February 2013, Dr. Messer began to serve as head coach for girl’s cross-country and assistant coach (girl’s distance) for track-&-field at Desert Vista High School, Phoenix, Arizona. The Desert Vista High School girl’s cross-country program earned the 2013, 2014, and 2016 Arizona high school girl’s state cross-country championship. In late-May 2014, the Desert Vista High School girl’s distance program was ranked by MileSplit US as one of only two girl’s high school track-&-field programs in the United States with “top ten” groups in each of the 800-m, 1,600-m, and 3,200-m events. In December 2014, the Desert Vista High School girl’s cross-country program finished fifth (5th) at the Nike National High School Cross-Country Championships and thus concluded the 2014 high school cross-country season as the fifth (5th) ranked high school cross-country team in the United States. Most recently, the Desert Vista High School girl’s cross-country program finished sixth (6th) at the 2016 Nike National High School Cross-Country Championships.

Ramona Pagel – Throws – { }

Ramona Pagel has been a member of four Olympic Teams in two throwing events, broken the American Record 13 times over her 20-year career, was the first World-Ranked American in her event in over 30 years, threw 12 straight years over 60’ in the shot, and is coach of the American Record Holder in a third throwing event.  In 1985, Pagel threw 62-9.25, to break the American Record for the first time, For four more years Pagel dominated the shot in the United States. In 1987, she popped a monster throw indoors, 65-0.75; it remains the American Indoor Record. The next year, she showed her readiness for the Olympic Trials the following month by pushing the iron ball out to 66-2.5 at San Diego. She followed with a win in the Olympic Trials.

In 1995, Ramona placed 7th in the World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden and was ranked in the top ten in the World, the first American Shot putters since 1960 to achieve such an honor. In 1996, Pagel made her fourth Olympic Team and finished 9th in the Atlanta Olympics.Pagel has ranked as high as No. 2 in the U.S in discus, in 1986 and in 1988, the year she finished 15th in qualifying at the Olympics. Her best of 203-2 came in 1987.

Joy Upshaw  – Hurdles { }

Coach Upshaw, who has been a National Team Coach four times, has been coaching for more than 30 years at the youth, high school, college, and Olympic levels. She is a IAAF Level 5 and USATF Level 3 instructor. She is the founder and current director of Joy’s Jackrabbits Track club and continues to compete in Masters Track competition.

BJ Vandrovec – Pole Vault { }

Coach Vandrovec has competed in every level from high school, Community College and to NCAA Division 1. In 2010 Coach Vandrovec, began coaching at Mission Viejo High School.  He is currently the coach of 2016 California State Champion, Rachel Baxter, who set a nation Junior Class record last year of 14’3”.