July 17, 2012

Hood Co-Hosts Coaches Certification Program

FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College track and field program co-hosted a Coaches Certification program July 14-15 in conjunction with the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club and the If The Shoe Fits specialty running store.

The program was part of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Coaching Certification program and featured 35 students from as far away as Key West, Fla., and Barrington, N.H. Among the students was Hood sociology professor and ultra-marathoner Pamela Geernaert (pictured fifth from the right in the top row). Other local participants included Mark Lawrence and John Leonardis.

The course was co-taught by Hood cross country and track and field coach Brent Ayer and RRCA executive director Jean Knaack. Ayer is a past president of the organization and holds certifications from USA Track and Field, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as well as the RRCA. The 16 hours of instruction included sections on exercise physiology, endurance training theory, injury prevention, nutrition and other topics.

"It was a long but productive weekend," observed Ayer. "We are constantly refining the program to make it more relevant for adult distance runners and coaches. I think the participants were impressed with the college and its beautiful campus. In addition to training additional coaches, this was another way to get the College's name out around the country."

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