Why New Coaches Should Copy And Paste With Dan Pfaff


This past week I started my internship at ALTIS, previously known as World Athletic Center. In short, it is pretty awesome. I have the privilege to watch jumpers like Greg Rutherford, Fabrice Lapierre, and Mitchell Watt. Not only do I get to watch guys with an insane amount of bounce jump into a big pit of sand, but I also get to see sprinters like Ameer Webb, Akeem Haynes, and Jeremy Dodson tear down the track. What could be better?… Well… Being able to ask Dan, Stu, and the rest of the ALTIS team any question that comes to mind is pretty great…

Shortly after meeting Dan, he shared some very interesting information with me. He advised me to copy his programming. Yes, you heard me correctly- new coaches have the authority to copy programming.

Here are some reasons that new coaches (Dan said those who are in their first 2-3 years) should copy his programming:

  1. Dan prescribes most all of his training in ranges, so you can work within those ranges
  2. Too many coaches get bogged down in the logistics of programming and forget to actually coach the events
  3. To the last point, study the events you coach
  4. Be able to say you kept athletes healthy and they improved

This is a short and sweet blog, but its an introduction to the information I plan to share on Elitetrack over the next 3 months.

John Evans

John Evans

John has a BS in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, and is currently pursuing his MS in Sport Science from Northern Michigan University. He is an assistant combined events/jumps coach for NMU women's track and field team, and USATF/USAW level 1 certified. Previously, John interned at Athletic Lab for two summers under owner/director, Mike Young.