Jack Daniels

Dr. Jack Daniels

Olympian, Coach, Exercise Scientist & Author

Jack Daniels is an Olympian, world-famous coach, exercise scientist, author, and mentor. Jack is a two-time Olympic medalist in the Modern Pentathlon and world-renowned exercise scientist. Named "The World's Best Running Coach" by Runner's World, he led Cortland University runners to eight NCAA Division III National Championships, 31 individual national titles, and more than 130 All-America awards. Jack coached seven athletes to the U.S. Olympic team and has advised dozens of Olympians and medalists. He is world-famous for writing Daniels' Running Formula, a 1998 book outlining his unique training philosophies. Daniels is currently a professor of Physical Education at A.T. Still University, the head coach of the Wells College men's and women's cross country programs, the lead coach for The Run SMART Project, as well as the coach of notable runners such as Ryan Hall, Magdalena Lewy Boulet and Janet Bawcom.

Speaking Topics

  • Creating the ideal cross country training program is a true challenge because of the differences in ability and running experience each athlete brings to the coach. This presentation outlines training options to maximize performance levels of every athlete regardless of their experience or ability level.

  • Ideal training programs for running a marathon can vary about as much as preparing for different sports. Every marathon has competitors who are ‘coming off the couch' as well as competitors who are world class – and everything in between. This presentation seeks to detail training plans and strategies to maximize marathon performance in runners ranging from the inexperienced to the elite.


Joe Vigil

Dr. Joe Vigil

Olympic Coach, Exercise Physiologist, Author

Joe Vigil was the head coach at Adams State College for nearly 30 years. While at Adams, Vigil's program produced 19 NAIA Team Championships, 87 individual champions, and 425 All-Americans – and Vigil himself was named NAIA Coach of the Year 14 times. In 1992 his Adams team won the NAIA championship with a perfect score of 15 points, the only cross country shut out ever achieved in a collegiate national championship competition.

Vigil's post-collegiate success is equally remarkable and includes work with US Olympic Medalists Deena Kastor (Bronze – Athens) and Meb Keflezighi (Silver – Athens). In recent years he coached Brenda Martinez to a bronze I the 800 at the 2013 IAAF World Championships and Boris Berian to a #1 800m ranking in the US (1:43.34). In Cross Country he coached two athletes who each won 8 senior cross country titles – Kastor and Adams State Alumni Pat Porter.

For eight years he served as Chairman of the Coaching Education Committee for USATF (then TAC), and he was designated as a Master Coach by USA Track & Field in 1997. Dr. Vigil is one of the co-founders of the USATF Coaching Education program. He is extremely proud of the fact that twenty-five of his former runners have coached in the collegiate ranks. Dr. Vigil has presented for the IAAF, the USOC, and USATF in 16 countries and five continents.

Dr. Vigil has served on 17 international coaching staffs including the World Cross Country Championships (7), the Pan American Games (4), the World University (2), and the Olympic Games (2). He led Team USA to team medals in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship on three occasions, earning two silver and one bronze medal. In 1999 he was inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the "Doc" Councilman Science in Coaching Award from the USOC.

Dr. Vigil has published his own book, Road to the Top, that details his systematic approach to distance training that produced on of America's greatest distance running programs.

Speaking Topics

  • The major objective of any training program is to be at your very best physiologically and psychologically for the major event of the year. This presentation will offer proper tapering protocols to minimize accumulated fatigue without compromising previously acquired adaptations and fitness levels.

  • This presentation will involve discussion on the training variables involved with distance running. Not all athletes on any given team or of the same chronological age have the same mental and physical development. Necessary adjustments in training protocol will have to be made to adjust for these individual differences. One training program for all athletes on a team does not provide for individual differences. Coaches must alter or adjust training programs to achieve the best results.


Ross Tucker

Ross Tucker

Professor of Exercise Physiology

Ross Tucker is Professor of Exercise Physiology with the School of Medicine of the University of the Free State. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town, where he studied fatigue, the brain and limits to performance, including the regulation of pacing strategy. He also obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Management and Marketing from the UCT Commerce Faculty, and then worked in sports business, sponsorship and high performance sports management. He currently serves as a scientific and research consultant to World Rugby, and an ambassador and scientific advisor to Virgin Active and Adidas South Africa. He is a published author, opinion leader and consultant to numerous elite sports teams and organizations. These include SA Sevens (including the 2009/2010 World Series winning team), SA Kayaking, SA Triathlon, USA triathlon and the UK Olympic Committee. His current research interests include high performance culture, talent identification and management, the limits of human performance, and performance and wellness in companies. He created and runs The Science of Sport website, and has written opinion articles for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian (UK), Le Monde (France) and The Times (SA).

Speaking Topics

  • One of sport’s most enduring controversies, with no elegant solution, is that of sex verification. Ever since the 1930's, it has been recognized that some people do not fall into the over-simplified binary classification that we have created for males and females in sporting competition. Add to that the fear that men would enter women’s competitions in an attempt to cheat, and you have a recipe for huge controversy that challenges our biological, performance and social frameworks. Men undoubtedly have a performance advantage over women, with an average difference of 12% at the elite level of track and field athletics. So how should we address and manage situations where women have elevated levels of the male hormone testosterone, which is primarily responsible for the characteristics that develop in men during puberty? Most recently, controversies around 800m runner Caster Semenya and sprinter Dutee Chand have forced sex verification issues back into public awareness, and this threatens to be one of the great controversies of the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

    In this presentation, Dr Ross Tucker will present a history of the issue in sport, detailing some of the controversies of the past, the development of the guidelines and their subsequent challenge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He will present the physiology, the known and unknown performance implications, and some philosophical considerations of this complex topic.

  • Track & Field, and indeed all Olympic sports have never been under more pressure to take on and eliminate doping. Not purely an elite problem, doping will only be addressed if the balance between risk and reward is changed in such a way that athletes and their entourage (coaches, medical and commercial support) recognize that the risk of doping, and its downsides, outweigh the benefits. What does this mean? It means that the probability of detecting doping must increase, the effects of doping must be reduced, and the punishment when caught must be high enough to dissuade ambitious athletes from taking the risk. For instance, there has been talk of life-time bans, or even more radically, criminalizing doping so that athletes face jail-time for doping offences. These are perhaps contingent on evolution in the quality of testing, and the legal backing that such testing receives.

    There is also an ethical and moral campaign that must continuously remind and re-enforce coaches, particular at the school and college level, of their responsibilities to clean sport. A subset of a ‘performance enhancing culture’ revolves around supplements and non-banned substances (like meldonium, most prominently in 2016 to date). Our attitudes to these may be a predictor of the cultural acceptance of doping, and so an entry point into the education of coaches and athletes must address the very high prevalence of supplement use (70% of NCAA athletes, in one study), and also the risks that this might involve, not only for attitudes, but also for inadvertent doping. This presentation addresses the doping problems in the sport by examining its history, current status of testing and enforcement, and with special mention of supplements and their risks.


Jay Dicharry

Jay Dicharry


Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia, and now as Director of the REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, OR. Jay blurs the lines between clinical practice, coaching, and engineering to solve injury problems and optimize performance. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your goals. Jay literally wrote the book on running gait assessments: he is author of "Anatomy for Runners", writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over thirty professional journal articles and book chapters. Jay has had an active research career, and consults and teaches for numerous footwear companies, the cycling industry, the US Air Force, USA Track and Field, and USA Triathlon. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. He is a consultant for the wearable tech industry and looks forward to a day when technology improves discussion, collaboration and communication between athletes. His expertise in injury prevention, rehab, and performance training is sought out by athletes across the world, and his athlete’s results speak for themselves.

Speaking Topics

  • Runners get hurt. But why? And how can you take steps to ensure that the team is able to hit the starting line on race day? In this talk, we'll build a framework of running biomechanics, and reveal why each runner should possess a baseline level of mobility and stability. We'll present a simple screening process that you can use to evaluate your athletes, and most importantly formulate a plan to improve.

  • Running fast requires us to build a foundation of mobility and stability, and have a plan to improve strength and power. In this talk, we'll use hard data from several case studies to show how we blend running, strength, and power training to improve postural strength, running form, and minimize fatigue.

Andrew Allden

Coach Andrew Allden

Running Summit Director

Coach Andrew Allden has thirty years of experience coaching distance and middle distance runners at the NCAA Division I Level (SEC, ACC, Conference USA, & Big South) and elite level l (USA Championships, the World Championships, and the Olympics). A collegiate and elite coach since 1986, Andrew coached at the: University of Georgia, University of North Carolina, Tulane University, University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University. He served as Head Track and Field Coach at Tulane and Coastal Carolina. In 2013, he accepted the women's cross country position at the University of South Carolina, beginning his second tenure there. His accolades include being named "Coach of the Year" in the Southeast Region, the Big South, South Carolina, and North Carolina. He has coached more than a dozen All-Americans, more than 50 NCAA qualifiers, and 3 Olympians. In 1996 Andrew directed the Distance Practice Track at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Andrew's international coaching experience includes serving as the Assistant Coach for the Men's Distance Events for the US at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2004.

Andrew is very involved in USATF Coaching Education. Over more than 18 years in coaching education Andrew has directed USATF Level I coaching schools that have helped educated 2000 coaches. In addition, in recent years Andrew has worked with Coaching Education for the North Carolina Justice Academy, the University of North Carolina, Equinox, and USAT.

His direction of the Running and Speed Summits is an outgrowth of his work with coaching education and his personal coaching education journey. "I try to learn a little bit about my sport every day," says Andrew. His attendance at many conferences and clinics in recent years inspired him to bring together the best-of-the-best in one place for one dynamic weekend of learning.

Dave Pavlansky

Dave Pavlansky

Running Summit Co-Director

A career educator and coach, Dave Pavlansky has experience as a collegiate football coach, award-winning high school cross country and track coach, and as a high school English teacher. He has just finished his 27th year at Boardman High School in northeastern Ohio. Dave's interests in speed and athletic development was sparked early while working in the mid-1980's with the football programs at Miami (OH) University and Youngstown State and continued when he transitioned to track and football positions at Boardman. After serving a decade as an assistant, Dave became head coach of Boardman's boys' track and cross country teams in 1999. During his 12-year tenure as head track coach Dave's teams won 6 league titles and 7 district championships. Twice named OAT&CCC District 1 Boys' Track Coach of the Year, Dave's teams produced individual Indoor and Outdoor State Champions, numerous All-Ohio athletes, and two Nike All-Americans. Nationally, Boardman athletes qualified to compete in 14 Nike Indoor or Outdoor Championships from 2001-2011, earning two Nike All-American awards at Boston's Reggie Lewis Center in 2009.

From 1996 - 2004 Dave initiated and directed a string of Speed/Hurdle Development camps at Boardman which featured legendary coaches Loren Seagrave and Brent McFarlane. In 2007 he was among 10 sprint coaches selected nationwide by the USATF to attend the Emerging Elite Coaches' School in Orlando, Florida.

Dave served nearly a decade on the staff of Team Ohio, the state's Midwest Meet of Champions senior all-star team, fulfilling capacities from assistant coach to state-wide coordinator of both the Men's and Women's teams.

In 2007 Dave received the Fred Daffler State Coach of the Year Award for Boys' Cross Country. He currently serves as meet manager for the Northeast Ohio Regional Cross Country Championships and is also meet manager of the Boardman Spartan Invitational - one of the largest cross country events in Ohio.

Dave is USATF Level 2 certified in Jumps, Endurance, and Sprints / Hurdles / Relays. He also serves as USATF Midwest Regional Coordinator for Level 1 Coaching Education.

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