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30 / 08 / 2010
Leading US performance coach Art Venegas will be one of this years IFAC keynote speakers.

Art Venegas, USATF High Performance Consultant, and regarded as one of the premier collegiate throwing coaches in the U.S. has been added to the 2010 IFAC line-up. His throwers have won a combined 33 NCAA titles and he is world-renowned for his coaching expertise with elite world championship athletes. 

Venegas coached some of the finest athletes in the professional ranks during 28 years at UCLA. Most recently, he coached one of the all-time greatest male throwers in U.S. history, John Godina, from his college years until 2004, as well as Seilala Sua, who retired from competition in 2006. For 10 years, Venegas was the throwing and weight training coach for Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and has also planned the strength training routines for many of the world’s top sprinters, including former greats Ato Bolden, Gail Devers, Steve Lewis, Mike Marsh and Kevin Young, along with USC standout Quincy Watts. 

Today, Venegas is involved as an advisor to both athletes and coaches at the US Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista and his contribution to coaching development is as impressive as the roster of athletes he has coached directly. Don Babbitt (coach to World Champions Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa) of University of Georgia, Dave Dumble of Arizona State University, Brian Blutreich of University of Oklahoma and John Frazier of Unversity of Tenessee have all been products of Venegas’ programme. 

Venegas has been a keynote speaker on numerous occasions. He has lectured at events all over the world including the North American and Caribbean IAAF Clinic, the IAAF strength symposium, the TAC Throws Summit, the IAAF European Coaching Congress and the World Congress of the International Track and Field Coaches Association. He has also worked with the Spanish National Throws squad.