Championship Track Coaches Clinic Speakers

Elisha Brewer Elisha Brewer
Kansas University Assistant Coach - Sprints / Hurdles

The Kansas hurdle program has undergone a renaissance under Elisha Brewer. In her first eight years at KU, Brewer's athletes have rewritten the record books in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, the outdoor 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles, as well as the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 400-meter relay. At KU, Brewer has coached athletes to 23 First Team All-American honors including Nickesha Anderson in 2008, who went on to make the Jamaican Olympic team in 2008. Brewers' athletes were instrumental in the Kansas women's march to the 2013 NCAA Championship. Paris Daniels ran to first team All-America honors in the 200 meters and also helped the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays to scoring efforts at the national meet, contributing nearly seven points on the Championships' final day. Daniels also garnered Big 12 Female Performer of the Year honors after her 23-point performance at the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

Coach Brewer came to KU from the University of Cincinnati where she served as assistant coach, focusing on sprints and hurdles. In her time at Cincinnati, Brewer saw her athletes break all but one women's sprint and hurdle school records and coached the men's team to school records in the 100m, 200m, 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Brewer graduated from Arkansas after a stellar college career in 1998. She served as a graduate assistant strength coach at Arkansas for two years while competing professionally.

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Tim Cawley Tim Cawley
Colorado State University Assistant Coach – Multi-Events/Horizontal Jumps/Pole Vault

In over a decade of coaching at Colorado State, Tim Cawley has coached athletes that have broken school records in a number of events ranging from the 60-meter dash to the heptathlon. While at CSU, Cawley has coached one Olympic Bronze Medalist, one USA Champion, eight NCAA All-American performances, 24 NCAA Championship qualifiers, and 19 Conference Champions. During the 2012 season he coached Janay DeLoach to an Olympic Bronze Medal in the long jump. DeLoach also retained her USA indoor national title in the long jump and was seventh in the 60m hurdles. DeLoach also placed third at the USA Outdoor Championships earning her a spot on the USA Olympic team. DeLoach was ranked as high as second in the world during the 2012 season.

Coach Cawley joined CSU from Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was an assistant coach. During his stint with the Panthers he oversaw sprints, hurdles, jumps, pole vault, javelin, hammer, and assisted in the day-to-day operations of the program. In his two seasons, Cawley coached 43 conference champions and 21 school records fell.

Cawley was an All-American performer in the long jump at the University of Wyoming. He also competed in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships, finishing in the top 10 at the USA Indoor Championships. He has also developed a sprint sled specifically designed to be pulled over sprint blocks. This sprint sled has been picked up by and is now sold by Gill Athletics.

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John Dagata John Dagata
University of Oklahoma Director of Operations; Assistant Coach – Vertical Jumps/Combined Events

John Dagata joined the Sooners in 2013 as the Director of Operations and Assistant Coach in charge of vertical jumps and combined events. Dagata is a USATF Level II Coach and a UK Athletics Level 4 Coach.

Coach Dagata came to OU from California State University, Northridge, where he served as the Director of Operations and Throws Coach for two seasons. During that time, he played a large part in both the program's coaching and recruiting efforts, helping oversee a team that sent 29 individuals and a pair of relays to NCAA regional competition in 2013. Prior to his time at California State University, Northridge, Dagata worked as the head of coaching for Welsh Athletics from 2009-11. During that span he also served as head coach for the Great Britain World University Games track and field team in 2011. Under Dagata's direction, the squad captured three of the country's five medals in Shenzhen, China. He led a Welsh Commonwealth Games team that saw all 22 of its competitors advance to the finals in New Delhi, India. Dagata was the throws coach for the Great Britain IAAF World Junior Championships Team that earned eight medals.

Dagata also boasts experience in the Big 12 Conference after spending two years as the throws coach at Iowa State from 2008-09. Under his guidance, the Cyclones saw the emergence of Zac Brouillette, a 2009 NCAA qualifier and school-record holder in the hammer and weight throw, and Laishema Hampton, a member of the 2009 USA Junior Pan American team.

A two-sport standout during his undergraduate years at California State University, Northridge, Dagata was a member of the Matadors' football and track and field teams. He was the track and field team captain in 2001 and a four-time All-Big Sky Conference selection (hammer, discus, and twice in the weight throw). He also achieved an Olympic B standard in the hammer in 2004.

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Tim Ives Tim Ives
Dowling Catholic (IA) High School Head Boys Cross Country Coach

Tim Ives began coaching boys cross country and track at Dowling Catholic High School in 2007-08. In 2010, his cross country team finished second at the state meet followed by state championships in 2011 and 2012. Individually, Coach Ives has coached seven all-state performers in cross country. As track coach, Ives' athletes have won multiple Drake Relays and State titles from 800m-3200m. For 10 years, Ives has coached runners privately and provided personal training through his company, The Body Project, Inc. He holds professional certifications from USA Track & Field, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Anthony Bertoli Anthony Bertoli
University of Northern Iowa Assistant Coach – Jumps/Pole Vault/Multi-Events

Anthony Bertoli enters his second season at UNI as an assistant coach. During the 2012 indoor season, Bertoli coached senior Daniel Gooris to his second Missouri Valley Conference heptathlon title with a score of 5679; a mark that ranks second on one of UNI's strongest all-time lists. Gooris' went on to place ninth at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, earning second team All-American honors. Under Bertoli, Gooris' success in the multi events continued during the outdoor season as he claimed his first Drake Relays title in the decathlon and his third MVC decathlon title, which qualified him for the NCAA Championships. He also qualified in the pole vault, where he turned in a second team All-American performance. In all, eight of Bertoli's athletes recorded UNI top-five performances during the 2012 season and Bertoli's athletes turned in six national qualifying marks and eight MVC All-Conference performances.

Bertoli holds a USA Track and Field Level II Coach (Jumps) certification and is a USTFCCCA Certified Jumps Specialist.

Bertoli graduated from Indiana State in 2009. He earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in the decathlon. He currently holds the ISU school record in the indoor heptathlon.

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Joey Woody Joey Woody
University of Iowa Assistant Coach – Sprints/Short Hurdles/Relays

A two-time USTFCCCA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year honoree, Joey Woody has coached athletes to 10 Big Ten individual titles, two conference relays and 29 All-American honors in his seven years at Iowa. In 2013, the Hawkeyes earned four individual conference titles and won the Big Ten championship in the 400-meter relay for the first time since 2001. The relay also broke the school record twice, topping out at 39.31 at the NCAA Championships. Woody also led Justin Austin to Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships honors – the second time in three years he swept the honors. In 2012, Woody coached Erik Sowinski to the Big Ten Indoor 800 meter title, and a runner-up finish in the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships.

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 that won the World Championships gold medal in 1999. In 2000, he was a member of the 3,200-meter relay which set a world record and he missed qualifying for the United States Olympic team by .37 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.

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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Dave Racey Dave Racey
Naperville North (IL) H.S. Head Boys Cross Country Coach / Distance Coach in Track

One constant in the Illinois Class 3A State Cross Country meet the past 16 years has been the Head Coach David Racey and the Naperville North Boys Cross Country team. Coach Racey's cross country team has qualified for state every year since 1997, and has placed in the top 10 each year. In 2008 they claimed the state championship. In all, he has coached 17 different all state cross country runners. His distance coaching expertise carries over to the track in the spring where he has mentored 12 different all state track athletes. In the 2013 track season, he had 24 athletes under 5 minutes in the mile.

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Glenn Smith Glenn Smith
Iowa State University Assistant Coach-Sprints/Hurdles

Glenn Smith is currently in his first season as the sprints and hurdles coach at Iowa State University. He has coached collegiately at Central Michigan University, Tulane University and Neosho County Community College. Most recently he was employed as a Canadian national team coach at a high performance training center in Calgary, Canada working with Olympians, Paralympians and national team athletes. Athletes he's worked with have qualified for the NCAA first round eight times, achieved three NCAA Indoor Provisional Qualifying performances, and participated in three USATF Championships. He has been selected as a national team staff coach for the 2012 North American Central American and Caribbean under 23 championships and the 2013 IPC World Track and Field Championships. Smith is a former Canadian national champion in the 200m and placed 13th in the 200m at the 1999 IAAF World Championships in Seville, Spain.

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