Tony Holler to be inducted into the ITCCCA Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. Coach Holler reflects on the coaches who influenced his career.
In ancient Greece, Spartan boys were forced to endure beatings to make them strong warriors. Some football coaches continue this archaic practice. Too many programs produce misery as they attempt to create toughness. I continue to search for happy and healthy sports programs. Happy and healthy kids perform well.
What is the correlation between speed and coaching? At the risk of painting with a broad brush, it seems our best coaches were slow athletes. Yes, slow may be a coaching prerequisite. Thirteen of the eighteen track events are athlete-developers. We need to make sprint, jump, and throw performances understandable to slow people. Just because a football coach never ran 100 meters in 10.55 should not keep them from attending meets.
Track coaches everywhere face significant obstacles. By sharing my challenges, I hope to help other coaches overcome theirs. The only way my track program can excel is through promotion and recruitment. We must work harder than the ball-sports.
Coach Holler discusses sprint training in the context of human energy systems.
I am proud to say that I am a life-long learner. I read and I read and I read. I observe successful educators and question their ideas. I also learn from the mistakes of others. However, it’s hard to look back on my younger days without some remorse. “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.” – Mark Twain
Fifteen years ago I found a better way of coaching sprinters. To sum it up, I began coaching quality over quantity. You don’t get fast by running slow.