2018 Advanced Coaches Conference

The Advanced Coaches Conference returns this year, continuing to provide leading edge insights and speakers that coaches have come to expect. The 2018 Advanced Coaches Conference will take place December 8-9, 2018, at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in the Mission Bay area of San Diego, Calif., as part of the 2018 USRowing Annual Convention.

Registration has been extended! The deadline is now November 25, 2018. Check out the “Bundle & Save” discounts!

Make the most of your time in San Diego by bundling multiple programs, and save on the total costs. Bundling is easy! Simply add the programs to your cart, and the applicable discounts will be automatically included at checkout.

Coaching Development Bundle– Save $150 when adding the Advanced Coaches Conference to your Level 2 Certification registration.

Collegiate Coaches Bundle– Save $100 when adding the Advanced Coaches Conference to your CRCA Collegiate Coaches Conference registration.

Administrator Bundle– Save $100 when adding the new Business of Rowing 2.0 to your Advanced Coaches Conference registration.

Limited Time Offer: Special Discount for Junior Coaches! Junior coaches can receive a 20% discount for the Advanced Coaches Conference thanks to our partners at Shimano. Click the “Registration” link for details.


  • Sandy Armstrong

    Executive Director, Marin Rowing Association and USRowing Growth Team member

    “Communication & Leadership: The Fundamentals of Running a Successful Program” 

  • Nadine Dubina

    Manager – Coaching Development, USOC

    “Time to Cue Up! Focusing Athlete Attention for Performance”

  • Yasmin Farooq

    Women’s Head Coach, University of Washington

    “Q&A With Yaz Farooq”

  • Gregg Hartsuff

    Men’s Head Coach, University of Michigan and member of USRowing Growth Team

    “Dos and Don’ts of Running a Club Program”

  • Kris Korzeniowski

    Director of Coaching Education, USRowing and ACC facilitator

    “Opening Remarks” plus “Testing & Individualizing Training”

  • Dr. James Li

    Head Cross Country Coach and Associate Head Track and Field Coach, University of Arizona

    “From 1500m to road races, Intensity vs. Mileage”

  • Mary Whipple Murray

    Three-time Olympic Champion and Coxswain

    “Using the Coxswain to Gain Speed in Practice and Racing”

  • Marc Nowak, PT, MPT

    Physical Therapist, USRowing

    “Rib Injury Prevention Exercise Program for the Rowing Athlete”

  • Hank Pelto

    Team Physician, University of Washington

    “Safety On and Off the Water”

  • Michael Shannon

    Senior Physiologist, Athlete Performance Services, USOC

    “Why Submax Testing?”

  • Tom Terhaar

    U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, USRowing

    Managing Team Dynamics: Short and Long Term

  • Mike Teti

    U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach, USRowing

    “Stories from Mike”

  • Dick Tonks

    Men’s Head Coach, Rowing Canada Aviron

    “Development of the New Zealand International Program”

  • Sarah Trowbridge

    Women’s Head Coach, University of San Diego

    “My First Year as a Coach”

  • Bryan Volpenhein

    Varsity Men’s Coach, San Diego Rowing Club Junior Crew

    “Power Workouts on the Water”

  • Dr. Peter Wenger

    U.S. National Team Physician, USRowing

    “Why Are So Many Athletes Injured?”

  • John Wik

    Director, Safesport and Special Projects, USRowing

    “Importance of SafeSport to High School and Collegiate Coaches”


  • General Sessions

    "Opening Remarks"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 7:45 a.m.

    Speaker: Kris Korzeniowski
    Kris Korzeniowski will open the conference with an outline of conference speakers and some goals and themes that will be presented.

    Speaker Bio:Kris Korzeniowski has coached crews to multiple medals at the world championships and Olympic Games over the 40 years. He was named recipient of the USRowing Medal of Honor in 2016 for his coaching contribution in the US and around the world, mentoring countless athletes and coaches and shaping their careers. Korzeniowski began rowing in Poland and coached his first Olympics in 1972. He coached the Canadian women for four years to their first medals in the pair and eight at the 1977 World Rowing Championships. Then in U.S., he coached the women’s program at Princeton University and also the U.S. women’s national team eight to bronze in 1979 and gold at Lucerne in 1980. He worked with coaching legend Thor Nilsen from 1981 to 1983 in Italy and returned to the United States to coach the men’s eight to a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. From 1984 to 1992, his crews won multiple international medals. In 1993 he coached the Chinese women to two gold medal wins in the quadruple sculls and four. From 1994 to 2000, he coached the Dutch to seven medals, including Olympic bronze in 1996 and silver in 2000 with the women’s crews. In 2001, he returned to the U.S. to coach crews to more Olympic success and revamped USRowing’s Level I, II and III certification programs as Director of Coaching Education.

    "Safety On and Off the Water"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 8:00 a.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Henry Pelto
    Dr. Pelto will provide a presentation and then a demonstration of keys to maintaining safety on and off the water with our athletes.

    Speaker Bio: Henry Pelto, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and a U.W. Team Physician covering Men’s and Women’s Rowing, Men’s Soccer and Football.  Dr. Pelto received his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and completed his medical training at St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri.  He is board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.  His clinical practice focuses primarily on musculoskeletal care and ultrasound guided procedures. He has a clinical and research interest in the field of Sports Cardiology, specifically the prevention of sudden death in athletes with an additional interest in cardiac stress testing and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.   Dr. Pelto is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

    "Importance of SafeSport to High School and Collegiate Coaches"

    Date/Time: Sunday, December 9 @ 8:00 a.m.

    Speaker: John Wik
    John will discuss SafeSport and the current focus by USRowing and the US Center for SafeSport on making athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sport culture. He will highlight some of the key educational and reporting requirements as well as new initiatives under development by USRowing to support and strengthen athlete safety. SafeSport is an important and timely topic. Coaches, administrators, and athletes need to be aware of current SafeSport requirements as well as anticipated changes under consideration by the Center for SafeSport and USRowing.

    As USRowing’s Director of SafeSport, John is responsible for preparing and implementing policies and procedures designed to protect athletes and all members of the USRowing rowing community from abuse. Prior to SafeSport, John served as the Director of USRowing’s Referee Program managing recruitment, training and administration of USRowing’s corps of referees. In addition to his work with SafeSport, John is currently working to develop USRowing’s Coastal Rowing Program. Prior to joining USRowing, John served as President of several technology companies, as a Cabinet Secretary to the Governor of Delaware (Economic Development), and as a Member of several non-profit and private sector Board of Directors.

    "Why So Many Athletes are Injured?"

    Date/Time: Sunday, December 9 @ 9:05 a.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Peter Wenger
    This discussion will include topics like hygiene, viral/bacterial illness, and basic medical care, along with discussions of higher-level topics on how to coordinate care for suspected rib stress injuries, the organization of a medical team (physical therapist, medical/orthopedic provider, nutritionist and logistics), biomechanical screening, injury evaluation, pre-participation physicals, EKGs, and preventative care. Dr. Wenger will introduce specific ways that the medical team has helped the national team through illness prevention. Dr. Wenger also will draw on ways a medical team can function to promote the health of the athletes. The goal of this presentation is to develop ways a medical team can provide a positive medical message and introduce some more advanced topics in the medical care of rowers.

    Speaker Bio: Dr. Peter Wenger joined the USRowing medical staff as the team doctor and as a part of the training center medical staff he serves as a “jack-of-all-trades” for the athletes, servicing everything from primary care needs to orthopedic care. Working alongside our physical therapist Marc Nowak, Dr. Wenger can continue to not only give excellent care for our athletes but help them become better and stronger athletes as well. Wenger, who is also currently on staff at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine in Lawrenceville, N.J., is a non-operative sports medicine specialist and board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Over the last four years, Wenger has served as team physician for Robert Morris University, University of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Passion, and high schools of various sizes. He has participated in medical care for events including the New York City Marathon, Pittsburgh Marathon, WPIAL Wrestling tournament, and Keystone State Games and has served as the medical director for the Ruckus Race. Wenger has had direct contact with elite athletes of many sports including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, field hockey, running, marathon, triathlon, endurance events, soccer, MMA, wrestling, dance, CrossFit and of course, rowing.

    "Rib Injury Prevention Exercise Program for the Rowing Athlete"

    Date/Time: Sunday, December 9 @ 10:15 a.m.

    Speaker: Marc Nowak
    This presentation will provide an update of current diagnostic methods and early management of rib stress injuries. Discuss progressive treatment and exercise interventions from the time of diagnosis to the return to full training. The presentation will outline preventative activities to maintain and promote healthy rib cage and shoulder complex mobility, stability, and strength.

    This presentation will provide an update of current diagnostic methods and early management of rib stress injuries. Discuss progressive treatment and exercise interventions from the time of diagnosis to return of full training. Outline preventative activities to maintain and promote healthy rib cage and shoulder complex mobility, stability, and strength.

    Speaker Bio: Marc Nowak brings nearly twenty years of experience to SPTI, receiving his BA in Biology from LaSalle University, and his MSPT from Arcadia University.   He has extended his skills to outpatient, corporate, school, and athletic department settings. He has been working with U.S. national team athletes in Princeton on a daily basis since 2003.  He travelled with the team to all of the World Championships and Olympic Games from 2003 to 2013. Many athletes give a lot of credit to Nowak for keeping them healthy while going through the grueling training program at the USRowing Training Center in Princeton.

    "Correctional Training for Athletes"

    Date/Time: Sunday, December 9 @ 11:20 a.m.

    Speaker: Dick Tonks
    Dick Tonks will talk about New Zealand’s progression from one medal in 2000 and 2004 to 5 medals in 2012, including the factors responsible for this impressive outcome. Coach Tonks will also respond to all questions about his philosophy on training, rowing technique, ergometers and more.

    Speaker Bio: Current Canadian Men’s head rowing coach, Dick Tonks is an accomplished rower and outstanding coach. He has an unparalleled record with an extensive background in coaching Olympic and World Championship medalists. As Head Coach for Rowing New Zealand, Tonks led his crews to over 30 Olympic and World Championship medals. Dick is the recipient of the New Zealand Halberg awards ‘Coach of the Year’ five times—more than any other coach in the award’s 27-year history and has been named a finalist twelve times. Tonks has also been awarded World Rowing ‘Coach of the Year’ at the World Rowing Annual Awards three times – 2005, 2010 and 2012. Dick is currently the only person to have won the award more than once. As an Olympic rower, Tonks won a silver medal for New Zealand in men’s coxless four at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

  • Breakout Sessions

    "Stories from Mike"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 10:00 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

    Speaker: Mike Teti
    Mike will give us his perspective on the current state of rowing around the world.

    Speaker Bio: In 2018, Mike Teti returns to the position of USRowing Head Men’s Coach. A long-time fixture in U.S. rowing, both as a coach and a competitor, Mike Teti has carried on the historic and successful tradition of California crew since becoming the head coach in July 2008. Teti officially started at Cal on Sept. 1, 2008, after coaching the U.S. men’s eight to a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Teti served on the U.S. coaching staff at the World Championships and Olympic Games regularly since 1996. He coached the U.S. men’s eight to nine world championship medals during that time period including four gold medals in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. At the Olympics in Athens 2004, he directed the men’s eight to a world record in its heat and an eventual gold medal, marking the first time the United States captured the men’s eight since 1964. U.S. national team crews produced 28 total medals under Teti’s guidance. Teti was named the U.S. head men’s sweep coach after the 1996 Olympics and head men’s coach following the 2000 Games. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, all of his sweep boats qualified for the finals, with the men’s pair capturing the silver medal. Teti is the coach of the only men’s eight in U.S. history to win three consecutive world championship titles (1997-99), a feat that earned him three consecutive USRowing National Coach of the Year honors.

    "Using the Coxswain to Gain Speed in Practice and Racing"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 10:00 a.m.

    Speaker: Mary Whipple Murray
    Focusing on ways coaches can use their coxswain to make their teams and boats faster. Session will include soliciting feedback and collecting data for better practices.

    Speaker Bio:  Three-time Olympic Champion and Coxswain who won gold medals in the 2008  and 2012 Olympics, silver in the 2004 Olympics. She founded The 9th Seat to give coxswains and rowers the resources to make confident decisions, on the water and off.

    "Q&A Session"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 10:00 a.m.

    Speaker: Yaz Farooq
    Come prepared, not for a test or exam, but to have a conversation with University of Washington Head Women’s Coach Yaz Farooq. Yaz will present in more of an informal chat than speak from her slides about her experiences as the national team coxswain and her transition running successful programs at Stanford and Washington. Yaz has developed a team culture that stands alone and speaks to the importance of developing an identity for her programs.

    Speaker Bio:  A two-time Olympian, Yaz Farooq, is in her third year at Conibear Shellhouse as the women’s head coach of the University of Washington, completing a clean sweep of victories at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Prior to Washington, Yaz spent 10 seasons as the women’s head coach at Stanford, winning the NCAA championship in 2009. in 2009 she was named both The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, and the CRCA West Region Coach of the Year, and 2008 and 2014 the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Farooq served as a coxswain for the United States National Women’s Eight from 1989 to 1996 and first competed at the Olympics at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. She was a 2014 inductee into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame for her eight-year career as a U.S. coxswain. Her international career reached its pinnacle in 1995, when her U.S. eight won the World Championship in Finland, the first-ever world title for a United States women’s eight. Farooq has served as a television commentator for NBC Universal for the last four Olympic games. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Wisconsin in 1988.

    "Dos and Don'ts of Running a Club Program"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 10:00 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

    Speaker: Gregg Hartsuff
    From his three decades of experience, Gregg will dive into his best practices of running a collegiate club program. He will talk about fostering a cohesive team culture and the art and science of managing the community that supports the program. Gregg will share how the administrative aspect of running the club is balanced between the student-athlete, university, and alumni interests and how it has a direct impact on performance. Even if you don’t run a collegiate club program, what he has learned as a coach and program director in his 27 years with the Michigan Men can be applied to your own unique situation.

    Speaker Bio:  With 25 seasons with the University of Michigan Men’s Rowing Team, Gregg Hartsuff has led one of the most successful collegiate club rowing teams winning numerous medals at Dad Vail, ECAC and ACRA regattas. Michigan has won two IRA medals, and has the highest finish of a club team in an eights event at the IRA. Hartsuff was instrumental in the formation of ACRA in 2007 which has grown to a national championship that has over 1500 participants from 60 organizations. Internationally, Hartsuff has coached a number of Olympians. He coached the men’s single at Senior Worlds in Milan, Italy, in 2003 and he was the U.S. head coach of the World University Games team in 2015 and for the World University Championships team in 2018.

    "Testing, Training, Biomechanics, Open Discussion"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 2:00 p.m.

    Speaker: Kris Korzeniowski
    Kris will cover the importance of keeping testing protocols simple. He will present a practical application of how to interpret testing results with some strategies to individualize training programs.

    "Time to Cue Up! Focusing Athlete Attention for Performance"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 2:00 p.m.

    Speaker: Nadine Dubina
    Your athletes are at the starting line at the last race of the year. They’ve made it into the final. What are they thinking in this last moment before action? Will the cues you’ve been having them focus on help them perform to the best of their ability or choke under the pressure? This presentation will provide insight into the two different types of cueing, identify the most effective cues to use for performance and create cues for a skill using a cueing anatomy framework.

    Speaker Bio:  Nadine Dubina works as a coaching development manager at the USOC helping to educate and develop national team coaches across the Olympic and Paralympic sport family. Nadine developed and facilitates the Coach Accelerator Program (CAP), a program focusing on the ‘why and how’ to coach. She also plays an instrumental role in planning and supporting the top tier National Team Coach Leadership Education Program (NTCLEP) which is aimed at supporting elite high-performance coaches for Team USA. Nadine also has collaborated on the development, creation of resources and management of the USOC’s High Performance Online Courses, American Development Model and Mobile Coach platform initiatives that reach coaches from the youth to elite context across the country. She is a mentor tutor for national and international coaches in the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) in which she guides coaches in completing a 6-month project focused on elevating sport coaches and athletes around the world. Nadine earned a B.S. from West Virginia University, a M.A. from California State University, Fresno and is currently working on completing an Ed.D. in Kinesiology at West Virginia University. 

    "Developing a Culture of Success"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 11:10 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

    Speaker: Tom Terhaar
    Tom will explore some of his insights into what he believes is critical to developing a cohesive team culture. He has multiple Olympic cycles of experience that has helped form and shape his own coaching style and philosophy to create a competitive culture that has clearly produced much success. Tom shares lessons learned from his successes and mistakes made along the way.

    Speaker Bio: Tom Terhaar has been US head women’s coach since 2001. In 2018, his crews won gold in the Women’s four and eight. Terhaar first coached the women’s eight to gold at the 2002 World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain, the first US women’s eight gold since 1995. At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Terhaar led the women’s eight to a world record in the heat and a silver medal, the first US women’s eight Olympic medal since 1984. In 2006, Terhaar’s eight not only won but set a world’s best time. Terhaar was named the USOC’s 2007 Coach of the Year. From 2006-2016, Terhaar’s women’s eight did not lose a world title, and won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, at the 2012 London Olympics and at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Terhaar’s crews also won a bronze medal in the women’s quad in London 2012, women’s pair to gold in 2009, bronze in 2010 and silver in 2013 and 2017. Terhaar was named World Rowing Coach of the Year in 2009. From 1994-2000, he served as a national team assistant coach. In 2000 at the Syndey Olympic Games, he coached the women’s quadruple sculls to a fifth place finish. As a collegiate coach, Terhaar spent five years as Columbia Head Men’s lightweight coach, winning a silver medal in the varsity lightweight eight at the 1998 IRA. Terhaar rowed collegiately at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a degree in English. 

    "Communication & Leadership: The Fundamentals of Running a Successful Program"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 11:10 a.m.

    Speaker: Sandy Armstrong 
    Armstrong will address managing parents, dealing with board of directors and welcomes questions from coaches about how to manage quality training for athletes when more training volume is better.

    Speaker Bio: During Armstrong’s tenure, the Marin Rowing Association women’s varsity eight has qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships every year but one since 1991, bringing home four gold medals (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), four silver medals and three bronze medals. Her junior women’s eight holds the Southwest Regional Championship record with 13 gold medals, seven silver and two bronze. Sandy has served as a junior national team coach on several occasions, including coaching the eight in 2011 and 2012. Sandy Armstrong was named the 2013 recipient of the Ernestine Bayer Award (formerly “Woman of the Year”), which recognizes outstanding contributions to women’s rowing and/or to an outstanding woman in rowing.

    "Submax Test: The Best to Evaluate Your Training"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 11:10 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

    Speaker: Michael Shannon
    Shannon talks about the practical side of the science of coaching. He integrates his knowledge of science to coaching.

    Speaker Bio: Currently, Mike Shannon provides athlete performance services at the US Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista and consulting services with rowing programs interested in sustained competitive performance. He also teaches in the graduate Coaching Sport Leadership program at Drexel University. Mike’s specialties include training program design, biomechanics and athlete evaluation to optimize performance. He started working with USRowing in 1995 in coaching education, combining his coaching experience and sport science background. Shannon completed post graduate research on elite athlete performance at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Deutsche Sporthochschule Koln and the International Olympic Training Centers. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University and joined the U.S. Olympic Committee as a sports performance consultant in 1994 and later promoted to Senior Sports Physiologist. He works with elite athletes from a wide variety of sports, specializing in endurance sports, from both summer and winter sports training for National and World competitions, including the Olympic Games and Pan American Games. Shannon serves as a member of the Olympic Team staff for numerous Olympic Games to help support Team USA. Before working with the Olympic Committee, he served as the head nen’s’ rowing xoach for the University of California, San Diego from 1985-93. Prior to joining UCSD, Shannon worked for the Naval Health Research Center as a research physiologist from 1991-94.

    "My First Year as a Head Coach"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 11:10 a.m.

    Speaker: Sarah Trowbridge
    Sarah shares some insights into how she prepared herself for the transition from club to head coaching. As part of this shift to being a head coach of college athletes, she will talk about some the key differences between coaching club and high performance athletes. Sarah will also talk about what she least expected in the transition to her role as the head women’s rowing coach at the University of San Diego.

    Speaker Bio: Sarah Trowbridge, a 2012 U.S. Olympian was named head coach for the women’s rowing program at the University of San Diego for the 2017-18 season. Trowbridge comes to San Diego with an outstanding resume filled with both international coaching experience and elite rowing experience on the U.S. national team. She was with Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she was head coach of the high-performance rowing program that includes six 2017 World Championship athletes and twenty elite rowers. Prior to joining Vesper, Sarah’s most recent international coaching experience was with the United States women’s double sculls, of Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary, who took 6th place at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    "Power Workouts on the Water"

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 2:00 p.m.

    Speaker: Bryan Volpenhein
    This session will include using resistance to develop the stroke and improve boat speed, the importance of improving technical and rating increases, and the benefits of different workouts for different boat types.

    Speaker Bio: A three-time Olympian and 2004 gold medalist in the men’s eight, Bryan Volpenhein was named a men’s coach for the U.S. team in November 2012 after coaching the lightweight men’s four and the pair at the London Olympic Games. He is responsible for the men’s high-performance sweep squad and works to develop, select and prepare the team for international competition. In 2015, Volpenhein coached the men’s four to seventh place finish at the World Rowing Championships, qualifying the boat class for 2016. In 2014, he coached the men’s four to a silver medal at the world championships and in 2013 Volpenhein coached the men’s four to a bronze medal at the world championships.


    From 1500m to Road Races, Intensity vs. Mileage

    Date/Time: Saturday, December 8 @ 4:30 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. James Li
    Dr. Li will share how he coached Bernard Lagat, one of the world’s top runners, as he was progressing from middle distance to long distance. He will explain how his training approach changed as the distance became longer. Most interesting to rowing coaches are the methods he used, intensity, volume, polarized training, including duration and frequency.

    Speaker Bio: Coach Dr. James Li enters his 17th season as a member of the Arizona staff, directing the middle distance and distance runners as well as the men’s and women’s cross-country programs. Before that, he worked with the Washington State track and field and cross-country programs for a combined total of 13 years. Li has coached numerous individual student-athletes to more than 30 conference championships and 12 national championships. While at Washington State University, Li also recruited and coached distance great Bernard Lagat, a five-time Olympian, thirteen-time medalist in World Championships and Olympics including five gold medals. He also won four NCAA Championship titles and also holds the American records in the indoor mile, the 3,000 meters and the outdoor 5,000 meters. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, he won a bronze medal in the 1,500, a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and was 41 years old at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Lagat became the first man to win gold medals in both the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters at the 2007 World Championships. He won a silver finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2011 World Championships and at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in the 3,000-meter race, won a second-straight gold medal in the event. Over the years, Li has spoken and presented at numerous local, national and international coaches’ clinics and educational programs. In 2006, Li earned the “Chief Coach Certificate,” the highest designation under the IAAF Coaches’ Education Program.

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