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The Answer

I am always very wary when someone has all the answers. I am more interested in being around and learning from those who have more questions than answers. I always come back to the words of Gertrude Stein “The answer is there is no answer.” Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 85: Married to the Job (with Danny and Katie MacKey)

Professional running coach Danny Mackey of the Brooks Beasts is literally married to his job. As he wrote about on HMMR Media last year, his team includes his wife, elite middle distance runner Katie Mackey. On this week’s episode we sit down with Danny and Katie to discuss how they make the most of the set up, what they are striving to improve upon, and the key factors in building a team. Read more

GAINcast Episode 47: The Art of Coaching (with Harry Marra)

Recently Ashton Eaton announced his retirement. During his career he took the decathlon to new levels and it was coach Harry Marra who helped guide him there. In order to break down 10 complex events, Marra has become a master of communication and the art of coaching. On this week’s episode he joins us to discuss the art of coaching, the decathlon, and more. Read more

The GAIN Story

GAIN started in 2007 but the genesis of GAIN goes back to the start of my coaching career in 1969. It is forged in my experience early in my career when I was able to gather in an Intense concentrated setting with bright inquisitive minds in one place to share and learn. It quickly became clear to me that anytime I could gather with professional colleagues to exchange ideas that my performance as a coach would improve. It started to come together for me in July 1972 at the first AAU Learning By Doing Track & Field Clinic. This clinic lasted four days from 7:00 AM in the morning to 9:00 PM at night and then there were the discussions about what we had learning that went late into the night. I came away from that experience vowing to repeat that experience wherever and whenever possible. It was career changing for me. I now had a network of coaches I could communicate with, I no longer felt like the Lone Ranger. Going forward into the 1980’s a group of us would gather at every opportunity, usually at National Championships or conventions with the express purpose to share ideas and cross check each others training programs. Read more

GAINcast Episode 46: State of the Sport (with Nick Garcia)

For the first time ever the GAINcast and the HMMR Podcast join forces to co-host the first episode of 2017. As the new year gets underway we chat about the state of training for sports. Topics span from how to use injury prediction, Olympic lifting, finding context in training, doping, and more. Read more

The Journey Continues – 48 Years & Counting

This week starts my 48th year of coaching. It has been a journey of discovery that God willing I hope will continue for a few more years. My coaching role has evolved to more mentor coaching rather than being on the track or in the weight room day to day. This better allows me to share my experiences with younger coaches to learn from my mistakes and successes. I still am and intend to be hands on as much as is practical because as I learned from one of my mentors that if you don’t have skin in the game you quickly lose touch and credibility. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 83: State of the Sport (with Vern Gambetta)

For the first time ever the HMMR Podcast and the GAINcast join forces to co-host the first episode of 2017. As the new year gets underway we chat about the state of training for sports with GAINcast host Vern Gambetta. Topics span from how to use injury prediction, Olympic lifting, finding context in training, doping, and more. Read more

Some Additions to My 2016 Books of the Year

In my list last week I omitted the History and Fiction. In my opinion there are no better than Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke. Close behind in a similar genre is Walter Mosley. All three can paint some amazing word pictures. As an aside my final count for books read in 2016 was 156. Read more

My Books of the Year – 2016

In 2016 I have read 148 books these are my choices for books of the year. I have no particular criteria. Generally if the book makes me think and stimulates good ideas or teaches me something I did not know before they make the list. The books reflect my eclectic interests. Often one book will stimulate my curiosity to look deeper into a topic like the Citizen Science book has done or it may stimulate me to read more of a particular author. I actually have a couple of more I will share before the new year. Read more

My Sports and Coaching Books of the Year

My Sports and Coaching Books of the Year. Notice the placing of the Wade Gilbert book – coaching is the foundation! Read more