TRACK & FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY
CT HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ASSOCIATION
& WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
NOVEMBER 23, 2013
FREEMAN ATHLETIC CENTER
161 CROSS ST., MIDDLETOWN, CT 06457
8:00AM – 1:30PM
Entry Fee: $50
Make out checks to: CHSCA and return the form to:
WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
1 WILDERMAN'S WAY
MIDDLETOWN, CT 06457
For clinic questions contact: Deb Petruzzello
Cell - 860 754-7207
CHSCA/WESLEYAN COACHES CLINIC –
NOVEMBER 23, 2013
(Please don’t mail after November 19th)
Name: _________________________ School _____________
Home Address: ______________________________________
Return this registration form with your check
Make sure to visit The MF Athletic table for all your equipment needs.
SESSION 1: 8:45 – 9:55 am
Hurdles – Kate Souviney, CCSU
Triple Jump – Dave Cusano, Jr. Wheaton College
SESSION 2: 10:05 – 11:15 am Keynote speaker
Latif Thomas – Program Development
SESSION 3: 11:25a.m. – 12:35 pm
Distance Training – Rob Murray, Danbury HS
Weight Training for Throwers – Tim Kolodziej, Brookfield HS
SESSION 4: 12:45 – 1:30 pm
Rules presentation – Steve Wysowski, CIAC
Sprints – Kenny Franklin, Sacred Heart University
MEET THE PRESENTERS
Latif Thomas – 10:05-11:15am
Our Keynote speaker, Latif Thomas is entering his 4th season as the sprints, hurdles and jumps coach at Bishop Feehan HS in Attleboro MA. An All IC4A sprinter, the University of Connecticut grad excels at simplifying program design in a way that addresses the unique situations and limitations found at the HS level.
Latif has coached multiple school, league, divisional and state records in the sprints, hurdles and jumps, including 10 consecutive MIAA Divisional State Titles in the relays, as well as the MA State Record in the girls 4x100.
Coach Thomas holds both a USATF Level II Certificate and USATFCCCA Event Specialist Certification in the Sprints, Hurdles & Relays and has presented at some of the premier coaching seminars in the country, including clinics in Ohio, Wisconsin, New England, Illinois, the MF Athletic All Star Track & Field Clinic, and the USTFCCCA National Convention.
Latif runs Complete Track and Field, LLC (http://completetrackandfield.com), a popular website catering to high school coaches and is the director of the Complete Track & Field Summer Clinic, the largest clinic in the US.
Dave Cusano Jr.- 8:45- 9:55am
Head Coach - Wheaton College, Massachusetts
In his first year at the helm of both programs at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Cusano led the women's team to a second place finish at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Outdoor Track & Field championships while the men placed fourth overall. Cusano also coached 12 student-athletes to All-America honors throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons combined.
In seven years as an assistant track & field coach at the University of Maine, Cusano coached 30 America East champions, 11 NCAA Regional qualifiers, two New England champions, and two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) champions. His coaching honors include being named UMaine Coach of the Year the same year the America East bestowed its ‘Coaching Staff of the Year’ award on the Black Bears.
Coach Cusano, a USATF Level I certified coach, was responsible for creating a yearly training and lifting program for sprints, hurdles, and jumps while the director of the UMaine Summer Track Camp. He was a NFL Combine and professional athlete trainer and has trained a total of 11 current or former NFL players.
While earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise physiology from Maine, he was a four-year student-athlete in both track & field and football for the Black Bears, earning nine all-conference selections in track & field and helping the football team to a pair of Atlantic 10 conference. Upon graduation, Cusano went on to spend one year as a member of the United States bobsleigh team (2004) and another playing professional football for the Dresden Monarchs in Germany (2005).
Katie Souviney- 8:45-9:55am
Associate Head Track & Field Coach, Central Connecticut State University, responsible for sprints, hurdles, throws, and jumps. Before Central, Coach Souviney was assistant coach at the University of Maine and an academic advisor. She was an adjunct professor at Maine and taught Techniques and Theories of Strength and Conditioning class and Exercise Physiology Labs. Before her college coaching career, she had experience as a middle school and club coach and has earned her USATF Level I and II certifications in the jumps, along with being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USTFCCCA Throws Specialist and World Throws Center Phase 1.
As a student-athlete, Souviney served as captain of the Maine track team during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. She held seven school records at UMaine, was a seven time All-America East Selection and qualified for the first round of the NCAA Championship in the 100m hurdles. She was a recipient of the UMaine Scholar-Athlete award all four years of her career.
Tim Kolodziej-11:25am- 12:35pm
A 1972 graduate of Coventry High School who was a Class S champion in the discus and went onto compete for Dartmouth University where he graduated in 1976. In 1997 he began volunteering to coach the throwers at Danbury High which coincided with some of Danbury’s greatest boy’s teams. The throwers have been vital contributors to Danbury’s 10 Indoor and Outdoor State Open Team Championships. He has developed seven State Open Champion athletes and two, 2 time All Americans in the throwing events along with state records in both the hammer and javelin throws.
On top of his ability to develop outstanding athletes, Coach K has been a long time official at the local and state levels and has been the CIAC boys hammer throw meet director for several years. He has also offered his services in the summer months to area athletes as the director of Danbury Area Track Club’s throwers practices at DHS. His DATC athletes have gone on to win countless conference and state titles for various schools in Western Connecticut.
He is currently head coach at Brookfield High School and has helped their rise to prominence in the throws and developed five state champions in three years.
Rob Murray-11:25am- 12:35pm
A Danbury High and Southern CT graduate with a degree in Exercise Physiology, Murray is Danbury High School boys' track and cross country coach and a physical education teacher. Danbury has dominated the cross country and track scene during Murray’s tenure as head coach, winning five CT State Open cross country, five indoor and four outdoor track titles in thirteen years. His Danbury teams have won every conference, class and state open championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track over a three year period from 2007-09 and the Hatters have set 12 state records and had 17 All American athletes during his tenure as head coach.
Coach Murray has been honored as CT High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year for cross country and outdoor track and recently been nominated as a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2013 in cross country. He is the co-director of The New Balance Running Academy Cross Country and Pole Vault Camps and has been invited to speak at camps all over the Northeast as well as numerous coaching clinics.
Kenny Franklin- 12:45- 1:30pm
An assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, Coach Franklin has been responsible for sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers since 2003. He has helped lead the Pioneer’s track and field teams to three Northeast Conference Championships and has been honored by the USTFCCCA as the Northeast Regional Men’s Assistant Coach-of-the-Year on two occasions, and has been part of five Northeast Conference Coaching Staff-of-the-Year awards. Among the many great athletes he has developed, have been Arman Dixon who has two Division I All American honors and an appearance in the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 400m and 200m and Bertony Jean-Louis (Brien McMahon) to All American honors in the 60HH.
Franklin was a 1995 graduate of Sumter High School, SC where he won individual 4A state championships in the long and triple jumps and was a member of a 4x400m championship relay team. He led the Gamecocks to second place in the 1994 state meet and to a state title in `95 and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
At Clemson University, Franklin was an NCAA Champion in the 4 x 400m, a seven-time All-American and was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer and is still ranked in the top 10 in several events with personal records of 20.60 and 46.09.
Steve Wysowski- 12:45-1:30pm
Dr. Steve Wysowski ran high school and college track at the middle distances. After graduating from Marist College in 1971, he began coaching at St. Paul High School in Bristol where he served as head coach of six state championship indoor track teams. He also coached several successful Cross Country teams.
Steve has chaired the CIAC Indoor Track Committee and the Girls Outdoor track Committee. He serves on the New England Council of High School Administrators and has been a principal for the past 14 years. Recently, Steve was named to serve as the Section 1 representative for track and Field at the National Level.
CT HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1951, The Connecticut High School Coaches' Association supports its member coaches and their student-athletes by offering ongoing educational opportunities, recognizing outstanding coaching achievements and providing general consultation and advice to its members.
The Connecticut High School Coaches Association, for nearly 60 years, has been the backbone of the state’s coaches. It has dedicated itself to enhancing and upgrading and staying in front of the complex problems existing in education today. Through its efforts, the CHSCA is recognized as one of the premier state associations in the country.
Why should you belong to the CHSCA?
You would like to be heard on issues affecting the sport you coach, be informed on the attitudes and situations affecting your colleagues across the country,
The CHSCA puts on All-State teams and banquets and All-Star games,
To become eligible for Coach of the Year recognition, both on a state and national level,
Sports representation on all CIAC committees,
Membership gives you a one million dollar liability insurance policy, which is in addition to your school teacher’s contract,
The CHSCA retains a full-time lobbyist in Hartford and a marketing professional and has been working very hard with key legislators to have coaches’ salaries included in your retirement figures,
For those who have coached for 28 years or more, a special Gold Membership is given.
We have tried to outline for you the importance of being a member of the CHSCA. We know you will feel as we do, not being a member of this group leaves you on the outside instead of the inside where you can be seen and heard.
President: Mike Pitruzzello – Middletown
Executive Director: John J. Fontana – Southington
1st Vice President Bob Freimuth – Plainville 2nd Vice President Dave Schulz – Fairfield-Ludlowe
3rd Vice President Neal Curland – NFA Recording Secretary Charles Sharos – South Windsor
Accountant Mike Fasulo Treasurer Bob Cecchini – Suffield
Past President Steve Filippone – Daniel Hand Technology Mark Logan – RHAM
Michelle Cordeau – Wolcott Babby Nuhn – North Branford Rob Fleeting – Windsor
Sal Follo – Foran Lou Marinelli – New Canaan Craig Semple – Daniel Hand
Joe Canzanella – New Haven Mike Fritch – Torrington Joe Madaffari – McMahon
Bob Healy – Manchester Deb Petruzzello – Middletown Paul Christensen– East Lyme