On my last road trip, I was wasting time skimming through the latest issue of Track & Field News (the self-proclaimed Bible of the Sport) when I stumbled upon an interesting feature article on USC Alum and elite high jumper, Jesse Williams (page 15 of the May 2007 issue for those of you hunting it down). To my pleasant surprise, about half way through the article I came upone a familiar name….Dave Kerin (known around these parts as coachformerlyknownas). Dave’s a good friend of mine and someone I respect as a HJ genius and training and conditioning demi-god. Apparently, I’m not the only one to recognize this as Jesse credits much of his recent success (he recently cleared 2.33m) to Kerin. Here’s an excerpt:
….Another pair of experienced eyes helped Williams alter his approach and thus reach his PR as a result, however.
“At the Nike Indoor high school meet, I attended a high jump clinic and Dave Kerin spoke,” Williams explains. Kerin, of Vermont’s Middlebury College, chairs the USATF women’s high jump development committee. “He knows so much about the event that even I was taking notes.”
Kerin told Williams he felt the jumper’s approach could be improved by adding an additional stride to the curve of his run-up. The coach felt a more elongated approach could help Williams generate more speed at liftoff.
Well done. It’s good to see that those who know, know you know you’re one of the best.