Recently attended the Northwest Track and Field Coaches Clinic at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Oregon. Over 500 coaches from the western states attended and one of the best clinics that we've been to.
Cyrus Hostetler was the keynote speaker.
About Cyrus....he is a two-time Olympian with a personal Best of 83.83m. The 2016 Olympic Trials record holder and champion and was the #1 ranked javelin thrower in the U.S. in 2016. He has the 2nd farthest american collegiate throw of all-time (83.16m)
Sounds incredible but he didn't just jump to the head of the line. There were some failures along the way. His talk was about "Adversity" and that without it you don't really accomplish anything.
Cyrus went to Newburg High School and was a four sport athlete, but didn't pick up the javelin until his senior year. He made it to Junior Nationals and threw personal best of 205’2″. From there it was a journey through Lane Community College, the University of Oregon, and the Olympic Training Center. Cyrus talked about the financial struggles of being an athlete, the injuries, the rehabilitaion, and the success.
There were several sessions on Friday and Saturday with experts in the hurdles, nutrition, shot put, javelin, distance, pole vault and sprints.
Besides Cyrus, the highlights for me was the talk Bob Williams gave on the Bowerman Principles of Coaching and the session on the Javelin from Olympian Sam Crouser.
We also had a chance to meet the organizer of the clinic Jay Miles from Aloha High School