This guest post is by Doug Petrick, a member of HSRC, and the boys and girls track and cross country coach at Upper St. Clair High School, in Pennsylvania.
Albuquerque Academy has won 23 New Mexico High School State Championships in cross country and track and field. To have that level of consistency and success in High School Sports is a major achievement. By having a membership to High School Running Coach, I am able to learn about the culture and training that Coach Adam Kedge has used at the helm of Albuquerque Academy. Through the site, a podcast, training calendar, Q&A forum, and key workouts are available for members. These are all ways I’ve been able to learn from Coach Kedge, one of the premier high school running coaches in the US.
Coach Adam Kedge of Albuquerque Academy has a gift for creating a culture that breeds success. Kids in his program love running and the atmosphere around the team. One reason for this is his approach; Coach Kedge always makes decisions based upon the best interest of the kid as a person first, then as an athlete second. As a result, the Chargers of Albuquerque Academy strive to perform for Coach Kedge.
Small incentives are another way he uses to keep things fun at practice and races- whether it’s a shirt for hitting a milestone or a verbal acknowledgement in front of the group. Being singled out in a front of your peers for a positive achievement is a powerful tool to build an athlete’s self-esteem and build your program. Little things like this keep the Charger culture alive and thriving. Everyone has a place on the team, regardless of ability level. [Read more…]