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Championship Track Coaches Clinic Speakers


Chris Bucknam Chris Bucknam
University of Arkansas Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Head Coach
Coach Bucknam is in his third season at Arkansas, following 25 seasons at Northern Iowa. Bucknam immediately made a splash in the SEC as his squad captured both the SEC Indoor and Outdoor team titles. Bucknam was named the 2009 SEC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year and the 2009 NCAA South Central Indoor and Outdoor Regional Coach of the Year. Bucknam joins legendary coach John McDonnell as the only head coach, since 1992, to sweep the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year honors in the same season. Since then, Bucknam and the Razorbacks haven't slowed down. Adding to his first year succes, his team won the 2010 SEC Indoor Championships, and for the second year in a row and Bucknam was named the 2010 SEC Indoor Coach of the Year and the 2010 NCAA Indoor South Central Region Coach of the Year.

Bucknam guided his UNI teams to 35 league titles, two top-10 and six top-20 finishes at NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. A 33-time conference coach of the year, Bucknam produced three national champions and an outstanding 34 All-Americans, who earned a total of 85 All-America awards. Under Bucknam's tutelage, Joey Woody was a three-time UNI All-American and 1997 national champion in the 400-meter hurdles. He placed second in the 400-meter hurdles at 2003 World Championships and was a member of the 1999 World Champion 4x400-meter relay team.

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Amy Deem Amy Deem
2012 USA Olympic Coach; University of Miami Director of Track and Field/Cross Country
Amy Deem, who has been the Hurricanes head women's track and field coach for the past 19 years, became just the sixth woman to be in charge of both the men's and women's track and cross country programs at a Division I school, when she was promoted in 2008. Deem, elected to the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, has been responsible for building the women's track and field program from very modest beginnings into an NCAA powerhouse. Prior to her being named head coach in 1990, the Hurricanes had never had an athlete record an NCAA qualifying mark. Since then, Deem has guided 41 student-athletes to a combined 147 All-America honors and 12 national championships. Behind Deem, Miami proved its national dominance in the hurdle events in 2010. At the NCAA Outdoor National Championships the Hurricanes became the first program in history to have three women compete in a 400m hurdle championship race. Ti'erra Brown placed second, while twin sisters Tameka and Takecia Jameson placed third and eighth, respectively. Each women earned All-America accolades. Brown earned a total of three All-America distinctions in the hurdles in 2010. She also became the first to win a U.S. Championship when she won the 400m hurdles in 54.84 seconds in 2010. Tameka Jameson also competed in the race - placing fifth. Deem dominated the ACC in 2005-06, winning both the indoor and outdoor championships each year, and earned ACC coach of the year as well.

Under Deem the Hurricanes have become a fixture at the NCAA Championships scoring at 14 of 15 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships since 1992. Both in the state of Florida and around the nation Deem is recognized as one of the best developers of talent in the coaching ranks. Deem, who served as President of the United States Track Coaches Association from 2003-05, has won numerous coaching awards and been appointed to various national coaching positions. In 2007, she served as the Head Coach of the United States team at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan where the Americans won the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays Deem has been honored four times as the USTCA South District Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005), and in 1998 was named the USA Track and Field Florida Coach of the Year. In 2002 she was honored as the United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year for Track and Field.

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Lawrence Johnson Lawrence Johnson
Clemson University Director of Track & Field and Cross Country
Under Lawrence Johnson's leadership, Clemson has swept the ACC indoor and outdoor team championships in women's track & field each of the past two seasons. Johnson also swept ACC and Southeast Region Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2010 and 2011. Last season, his outdoor women's team became the first to score over 200 points since the ACC expanded to 12 schools in 2005. Johnson's program produced three top-25 NCAA team finishes in 2011, highlighted by the women's team's No. 7 standing at the national outdoor meet. He coached three NCAA individual champions and two NCAA runners-up. In just three years, Johnson has coached 57 All-Americans and 31 ACC event champions. His athletes have been named the ACC meet most valuable performers on the track or in the field eight times, and 30 of the current school indoor or outdoor men's and women's records have been set under Johnson's watch.

Prior to coming to Clemson, Johnson served as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech for four years. During his four-year tenure he coached 10 NCAA All-Americans and 17 ACC champions while being named Southeast Region Assistant Coach-of-the-Year by the USTFCCCA. One of his athletes, Queen Harrison, earned a spot on the United States roster for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the first female in Virginia Tech history to be named to a U.S. Olympic team.

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Joey Woody Joey Woody
University of Iowa Assistant Track & Field Coach
Joey Woody, twice named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2011, coaches the men's sprints, short hurdles and relays at Iowa. Woody led Iowa to three Big Ten titles and saw the Hawkeyes break eight school records in 2011. During the past decade Woody has run competitively on the international track circuit, earning a spot on three United States World teams. In 2003, he won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the World Championships and was ranked second in the world in the event. Woody was also part of the 1,600-meter relay, which won the World Championships gold medal in 1999. Woody was a four-time all-American at Northern Iowa, winning the 1997 NCAA title in the 400-meter hurdles. He was inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the only athlete in Drake Relays history to win the Athlete of the Meet award in high school (1992) and college (1994).

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Will Freeman Will Freeman
Grinnell College Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach
Will Freeman has led the Pioneers to 27 Midwest Conference titles in cross country and track and field in his years at Grinnell. Freeman attended the University of Florida, where he competed as an internationally-ranked pole vaulter. He won five SEC titles in the vault, received All-America recognition, and was a finalist at the U.S. Olympic Trials. He is a former national chair for coaching education for the USA Track & Field and holds Level III certification as a coach and Level II as an instructor. He has trained coaches and athletes throughout the United States, in Canada, the Bahamas, and Africa. Freeman is a member of both the State of Florida and University of Florida Athletic Halls of Fame. His wife is Evelyn Freeman, the women's track and cross country coach at Grinnell College.

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David Dumble David Dumble
Arizona State University Assistant Coach / Men's & Women's Throws
Some of the best collegiate throwers in NCAA history have come through Tempe and excelled under the guidance of David Dumble, who is entering his 11th season as the throws coach for the men and women of Arizona State University. A five-time USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year, Dumble has worked with individuals that have captured 19 NCAA titles, including Jordan Clarke, who won the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Shot Put crown. Dumble attended UCLA and twice earned All-America honors in the discus.

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Jake Jacoby Jake Jacoby
University of Louisviille Assistant Coach / Jumps
During his tenure in the coaching ranks, Jake Jacoby has developed two NCAA champions, guided his jumps group to All-America honors on 17 different occasions, coached 33 NCAA event qualifiers, 47 NCAA regional qualifiers, 27 individual BIG EAST champions, nine individual WAC champions, all 16 U of L record holders in the jump and vault events and four Boise State record holders. Last year, in terms of numbers alone, Jacoby's group enjoyed a wealth of success. He had a remarkable eight NCAA regional qualifiers, seven NCAA event qualifiers, four BIG EAST individual titlists, four All-America distinctions and the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer of the 2010 Indoor meet. In 2009, Jacoby was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Indoor Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. A national champion in the high jump at Boise St., Jacoby still holds the school's outdoor high jump record.

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