Event Information


NACAC Coaching Conference 2018

Toronto, Ontario
August 8-12th, 2018

Registration with the conference includes pass to entire NACAC meet.

See below for map of venues.

Sidney Smith Hall 100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3
Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

Tentative Schedule, subject to change:

Wednesday August 8, Opening Cocktail with Jerry Howarth at Chelsea Hotel, 8pm

Thursday August 9
9am-11am in-class
The Science of Movement Detailed Harry Marra (OTC Elite, coach of Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton)
Physical and Mental approaches to Distance Pole Vault Brooke Rasnick (Pole Vault coach at University of Louisville)
Running Juli Benson (Former coach of Canadian Olympian Kevin Sullivan)

12pm-2pm on track
Science in Coaching LJ and Block Starts Harry Marra
Pole Vault Brooke Rasnick
Distance Juli Benson

5:30pm-7:30pm Panel discussions
5:30-5:45 AC Coaching Program Overview (John Lofranco)
5:45-6:45pm Women in Coaching (Juli Benson, Carmyn James, Brooke Rasnick, Vickie Croley)
6:50-7:30pm General Q&A (Juli Benson, Carmyn James, Brooke Rasnick, Vicky Croley, Harry Marra, Richard Parkinson, Jeremy Fischer, Wolfgang Ritzdorf, Leroy Burrell, Carl Lewis)

Friday August 10
2pm-3pm in-class
Training Sequence Harry Marra
High Jump: Techincal models and physical qualities Wolfgang Ritzdorf (Director of IAAF World High Jump Center)
Sprints Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis

3pm-5pm on track
Shot Put Shuffle Events Harry Marra
High Jump: technical drills and jumping exercises Wolfgang Ritzdorf
Sprints Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis

Saturday August 11
8am-10am in-class
Combined Events Hurdles Vickie Croley (Head Coach of University of Western Ontario, coached Damian Warner)
Horizontal Jumps Elite Development Jeremy Fischer (USOTC San Diego)
Planning for Throws Richard Parkinson (Athletics Canada Throws Coach, coach of Brittany Crew)

10am-12pm on track
Combined Events Hurdles Vickie Croley
Commonalities of Jump Drills Practicum Jeremy Fischer
Coaching rotational shot for women Richard Parkinson

8pm-10pm Closing
8-9pm Running a university program Carmyn James (former head coach at University of Hawaii)
9-10pm Coaches well-being Donna Harris (Former Executive Director Athletics Manitoba)


Carl Lewis added to program
We are excited to add Carl Lewis, former World record holder, Olympic Champion, and Sprints Coach, University of Houston Track & Field.

Carl Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals, including four at his first Games that were hosted in his home country (Los Angeles 1984). He held the world record in the 100-metres from 1991 to 1994. Lewis is a member of the USATF Hall of Fame, and was named Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sportsman of the Century by the IOC. He began his career running for the University of Houston in 1979, and now serves as assistant coach at his alma mater.


Jerry Howarth at NACAC Coaching Conference Opening Cocktail
Jerry Howarth (retired broadcaster and high school basketball coach)

Jerry made the radio booth at Exhibition Stadium and the Rogers Centre his second home from 1981 until 2017. He broadcasted over 7,500 ballgames, including the two World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993 for the Toronto Blue Jays. For his lifetime contributions to baseball in Canada, he was honoured by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. He coached basketball at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute for 20 years and five years for the Islington Panthers basketball club.

Event will take place August 8, at 8pm, on the patio at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. 33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4.

Included in your Coaching Conference Registration. Confirm attendance at link below.
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Contact Us

John Lofranco
Phone: 1-613-260-5580 x3314

Payment Methods

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Prices & Deadlines

Regular deadline:
Jul 31 at 23:59 (Eastern Time)
Registration Closed
Registration fees
  • General $150.00
  • Other registrations: $150.00
Late Deadline:
Aug 8 at 23:59 (Eastern Time)
Registration Closed
Registration fees
Price:  $150.00

* All prices in CAD $