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The state of Georgia is excited to host another GMOC in 2017. Here are some of the exciting announcements concerning the event. 2016 Recap Press Release

Meet of Champions Seminar


May 20, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (see session schedule below)
Marietta High School
Seminar Room
1171 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064
*FREE FOR COACHES, ATHLETES & PARENTS*

On May 19th & 20th, the MEET OF CHAMPIONS [link] (sponsored by USATF Georgia Association) is bringing together the best track and field athletes of Georgia for competition.

On May 20th, one of the finest coaches worldwide, Coach Matt Centrowitz, will be teaching our coaches, athletes, and parents about the fine art of running and becoming a champion.

He will be introducing his new book, Like Father Like Son: My Story on Running, Coaching, and Parenting, which is newly released from Barnes and Noble Books and will be available for the seminar.

Introduced by Coach Mike Spino, Ph.D, USATF Georgia Association Long Distance Running Committee Chair, esteemed Georgia Coach, and Founder/CEO of True Champion: The Mind & Body Online Sport Training Program.

For more information please contact Mike Spino on mspino@bellsouth.net.


REGISTER FOR SEMINAR

Free For Coaches, Athletes & Parents
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IN THE SEMINAR YOU WILL LEARN

  • The triumphs and struggles of becoming a world class runner and fathering an Olympic Champion
  • Training tips for runners and coaches from youth to world class elite
  • To be encouraged and motivated to perform and coach at your optimum best

BIOGRAPHY

Matt Centrowitz is a former two- time Olympian and long time Head Cross Country and Track Coach at American University, Washington, D.C. He is the father of Matthew Centrowitz, our current Olympic gold medalist in the 1500 meters, the first victory for the US in that event since 1906.

As a high school athlete at Powers Memorial in NYC, Matt Centrowitz set the NY State High School Record in the 1500 meters in 3:43.3 as well as the mile record of 4:02.7. At the University of Oregon, he set the 1500-meter school record at 3:36.7 and was a member of the 1977 NCAA Cross Country Championship team. Centrowitz is a two-time Olympian (76 and 80), set an American record in the 5,000 meters and was a 4 times US Outdoor Track and Field Champion at 5,000 meters.

At American University, he has coached 10 All-Americans. Under the tutelage of Centrowitz, American University track/cross country athletes have also won numerous Academic All American awards. In addition to coaching collegiately, Centrowitz has coached many successful elite and professional runners including Olympian Julie Culley, David Strang, John Trautman, and Jen Rhines.

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Seminar Session 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Like Father Like Son: My Story on Running, Coaching, and Parenting

Coach Matt Centrowitz, will be teaching our coaches, athletes, and parents about the fine art of running and becoming a champion. He will be introducing his new book, Like Father Like Son: My Story on Running, Coaching, and Parenting, which is newly released from Barnes and Noble Books and will be available for the seminar.

Seminar Sessions 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

"Successful Cross Country Programs are Developed in the Summer"

A cross country summer training round table.

"Speed and Power Development in Distance Runners"
David Poteet – Head Coach, Cross Country – Kennesaw State University

David Poteet began his  coaching career as assistant track coach for Berry College, and became Kennesaw State's (then Kennesaw College) first combined head XC/track coach in 1985. That year, he coached the first All-American (NAIA) in any sport for Kennesaw. During the  1986 season, the women's team became the first conference championship team in any sport for Kennesaw State. David coached high school and youth runners through 2014, and returned to Kennesaw State in 2015 to help rebuild their distance running programs. One of his main philosophies is low mileage, high quality training.

"Summer Programming for High School Cross Country"
Andy Carr – Milton High School, Atlanta Track Club

Andy Carr assists with the coaching of Atlanta Track Club Elite and the Club's In-Training programs. He also serves as cross country and track and field distance coach at Milton High School. In 2008, he was named Fulton County Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. Andy is also a USA Track and Field Master Level Official and serves as the long distance running record keeper for USA Track and Field. He was on the officiating team at the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene. A runner since elementary school, Andy attended Roanoke College where he competed in two Division III NCAA Cross Country Championships and set a school record in the steeplechase (since broken). Andy has completed 15 marathons and three 50K races. He moved to Atlanta in 1992 to work for the 1996 Olympic Games. He's been at Atlanta Track Club in various roles since 1999.

"Injury Prevention and Medical Considerations for Summer Distance Programs"
Dr. Steve Schulenborg and Jon Mayne, DPT

Jon Mayne, PT Solutions Physical Therapy – Jon Mayne brings 19 years of experience as a physical therapist treating athletes of all types, but has a passion for treating runners of all abilities that dates to his days as an 800 meter and cross country runner at the University of Georgia. An avid supporter and educator on proper running form and proper off season preparation, he is open to sharing his ideas with any and all coaches and athletes.
 
Steve Schulenborg, Pediatric Orthopedic Associates – Dr. Schulenborg grew up in the Memphis area where he played multiple sports focusing on elite level soccer during his high school years.  He played for both club and high school soccer teams and won national and state championships as a member of the Houston High School soccer team.  He received his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience.  He pursued his medical education at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, TN.  He stayed in Memphis where he completed his residency training in pediatrics with The University of Tennessee Pediatrics Residency Program.  Dr. Schulenborg followed his passion and pursued fellowship training in pediatric sports medicine at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida at Orlando Health.  While in Orlando, he gained experience treating multiple types of sports-related injuries and fractures in children and adolescents as well managing concussions.  He worked with many local and national level teams and events during his time in Orlando. Here in Atlanta, Dr. Schulenborg continues to follow his passion for youth sports medicine, and has developed an interest in treating youth running athletes.