First order of business:
As you may know, I had planned to make the leap to the collegiate level this year. However, due to an unexpected regime change, I have stepped down from the position I was hired for. Therefore, my coaching services have potentially become available.
So, if you’re in charge of a program here in Massachusetts or Rhode Island (that is with a reasonable driving distance of Exit 7 on 95) and you’re thinking my skill set may be a benefit to your sprints/hurdles group and/or program as a whole, reply to this post or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any salient details so we can see if there is a fit.
Whether or not I decide to coach this winter, I’m still on my grind.
And I’ve been invited to speak at a very interesting conference in the Chicago area on December 11-12.
It’s called the Track-Football Activation Consortium and it’s being put on by a couple of guys you may already know of: Tony Holler and Chris Korfist.
These are hard-core speed guys who both know what they’re doing. And they’ve lined up an impressive cast of track and football coaches with the purpose of spreading ideas for speed development across the two sports. Track and football complement each other well, but all too often, football coaches hoard their athletes to prevent them from joining the track team.
Without getting into the illegal off-season programs so many football coaches run (at least not here), all of us who are speaking have been tasked with sharing and presenting information that is not the typical generalized lecture.
For example, in all of my sessions I will be speaking on topics I have not written about and are not contained in any of my programs.
I’m not sure it can be said that anyone could ever talk about anything “new” when it comes to training speed or technique so I won’t pretend I’ve invented something. What I’m covering is simply the most current evolution of my system of technical development and it has been, well, quite effective.
Ultimately, it’s further refinement of my philosophy of keeping it simple and being efficient and effective with which activities we choose as teaching tools, eliminating waste and excess and focusing on what gets results.
It’s like the sprinting version of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do.
Let’s call it…Latif Kune Do.
In addition, if you’ve heard me present, you know I don’t just stand there and drone on and on about ‘step over, drop-down’.
I’m going to be calling out some things I don’t like in the way speed is coached and discussed and in the way track and football coaches do a disservice to athletes. They gave me top billing at this thing so I will be in rare form, believe that.
So bring yourself and your track/football staff. Learn a bunch of stuff. Talk some shop. Perhaps buy me an adult beverage Friday night.
It’s all on the table.