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  Know It All Clinic ~ August 1, 2009
9:00 AM, Carpinteria High School and Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club

UPDATE: Due to restrictions placed on us by the NCAA, all sessions involving NCAA coaches will be held at the Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club across the street form the high school. Registration, lunch and dinner will also be held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Tentative clinic agenda

Primary Purpose of the Clinic: To raise funds to help pay off John Larralde’s 4 week stay at the hospital as a result of a battle with MRSA staph infection. John’s outstanding bill is over 5 figures. This is our opportunity to give back to John for all his outstanding contributions to high school, community college and college athletics over his 35 year coaching career. We have received over $3200 in donations from the track and field community thus far. Please help us to increase that amount.

Secondary Purpose of the Clinic: To reestablish the “Know It All” Clinic format and bring coaching staffs together to interact and help make us better coaches. This is not your powerpoint/lecture clinic, it is high school coaches helping each other coaching high school athletes from the fastest to the speed challenged. This will be an interactive clinic with coaches directing and driving the curriculum. Event areas will get together to help solve the challenges of their events. The “Know It All” Clinic was a staple of the Central Coast coaching environment in the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s.

Cost: $100 per staff or $35 per individual. Additional donations will be accepted. If finances are a challenge, please do not hesitate to contact us about the possibilities of scholarships. John wants every coach who wants to come to the clinic to be able to come to the clinic.

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Clinic Highlights:
• Meet in event areas to discuss common challenges and solutions.
• All sections will be interactive rather than lecture.
• Panel of high school and college coaches in every event area
• Coaches’ gathering after the clinic
• Family weekend
• Carpinteria
• Sun, surf and The Palms
• For those who do not go to clinics because they know it all
• For those who go to clinics because they want to know it all
• A “Fly by the Seat of Your Pants” production
• This is not your Tim O’Rourke directed clinic

Expect glitches, see glitches and embrace the glitches in an
outstanding weekend of coaches’ interaction and knowledge.

For information or registration, contact
Van Latham (
Ken Reeves (


“Know It All” Clinic Participants
Vern Gambetta: Will do the keynote address at the beginning of the clinic. Vern is considered the founding father of functional sports training. Vern has been involved in functional training in a variety of sports. He started as the head track coach at Santa Barbara High School. From there, went on to be the head track coach at University of California. In addition, he has worked on the Oregon Project with Nike, edited Track Technique for USA Track and Field and was the associate editor of the IAAF technical journal. Was also a co-founder of the USA Track and Field Coaching Education Program, the model used for the LA 84 Coaching Education program. Outside of track and field, Vern has worked with several MLB teams and the highly successful University of Texas baseball program. He was also worked as conditioning coach for NBA basketball teams and national basketball programs, been the conditioning coach for the 1998 USA World Cup Soccer Program, worked as conditioning coach for a number of MLS teams. In addition, he was worked with NHL teams, NFL teams, worked as a consultant to the 2000 bronze medal softball team from Australia and has worked with some of the top level NCAA and club swim programs. In tennis, he has also served as Monica Seles’ conditioning coach. To say that he is well aware of the necessary components for an overall conditioning program for athletes is an understatement.

Brian FitzGerald: Head track and field coach and athletic director at Rio Mesa High School. Has coached two Gatorade National Track and Field athletes of the year. Teams have won state and CIF championships and this past year, he once again coached the State 100 meter sprint champion. In addition, his Rio Mesa program holds all of the sprint records in Ventura County. From a beginning sprinter to an Olympic caliber sprinter, Brian has the expertise to help them shine. Known as the top sprint coach in the State of California, Brian yearly has 4 x 100 teams in the CIF finals in both the men and the women.

Tim O’Rourke: Director of the LA 84 track and field and cross country coaching education programs, Tim is one of the leading clinicians in the nation. Former head coach at Arroyo High School, he has coached every event in track and field. A distance runner in high school, Tim not only developed a great cross country program at Arroyo (winning the national championship in both 1986 and 1987), but also became known as one of the top throws coaches in the state. Today, he is also the meet director of the Mt. Sac Invitational, the Mt. Sac Relays and the well received Arroyo Meet of Champions. In addition he is heavily involved in the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships and flies across the country to announce road races and track and field meets.

Kevin Smith: Head cross country coach and track and field coach at Oak Park High School. Kevin’s teams have won numerous state and CIF titles in cross country and the Eagles have also taken home the 1st place plaque at CIF track and field. Kevin is a member of the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame and is known as a top sprint coach in track and field and one of the elite distance coaches in the state.

Brian Yokoyama: Mt SAC vault coach. During his tenure he has worked with over 65 California State Community College State finalists including ten State Champions (nine pole vaulters, one javelin thrower) and nine State Runner-Up Finishers. Through the years he has coached nearly every event and has guided school record holders in the men’s and women’s Pole Vault and Javelin.

In 2001, he was named the College National Pole Vault Coach of the Year by the USA Track and Field Pole Vault Development. In 2007, he was named State Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year by the California Community College Cross Country/Track Coaches Association and in 2008 he was named South Coast Conference Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year by his peers.

Yokoyama is very active with the USA Track and Field Pole Vault Development. He currently serves as the Women’s National Pole Vault High Performance/Development Chairperson. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the North American Pole Vault Association and is actively involved in running the USATF Pole Vault Summit (3,000 attendees in Reno, NV) and the NAPVA National Championships (8,000 Spectators) in Clovis, California as Co-Director.

Louie Quintana Jr.: Head Cross Country Coach Arizona State University. Under Quintana's tutelage, his distance corps not only has fashioned a name for itself in cross country, but its excellence on the track has aided the program's climb among the nation's elite. Quintana, the 2006 USTFCCCA National Assistant Track & Field Coach of the Year for Women's Distances, saw his distance athletes excel in 2007-08 academic year as the Sun Devil program (cross country and track & field) collected four national trophies while his runners accounted for two individual national titles and seven All-America honors. In all, Quintana's distance team has been an integral part of eight NCAA trophy finishes in the six championship events, including four national team titles and a pair of fourth-place finishes in cross country.

During his competitive career at Villanova University, he captained the Wildcat squad to a pair of Top 10 finishes, placing fourth in 1992 and ninth in 1994 at the NCAA Championships. Individually, he claimed three NCAA Cross Country All-America certificates with finishes of 16th, 14th, and 4th. Quintana also qualified for four indoor and outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships as well as the 1992 United States Olympic Trials. In 1993, he was named Male Outstanding Performer at the prestigious Penn Relays and, for his efforts, made the cover of the July 1993 issue of Track and Field News. As a competitor, Quintana clocked personal-best times of 1:46.3 (800m), 3:40.37 (1,500m), 7:58.85 (3,000m) and 13:53.62 (5,000m).

In all, Quintana garnered nine All-America awards during his career on the Main Line. He earned his bachelor's degree in History from VU in 1996 and recently completed his Master's degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Language and Literacy from ASU. A standout in high school, he was the National Foot Locker Champion having won in 1990.

College Coaches
Pete Dolan, UCSB head coach
Martin Gonzales, Concordia head coach
Preston Grey, APU assistant coach
Robert Radnoti, Pepperdine head coach
Drew Wartenburg, UC Davis distance coach
Wade Watkins, Cal Baptist cross country coach
Jonathan Zimmerman, Biola head coach
Scott Guerrero, Loyola Marymount head coach
Irv Ray, UC Riverside head coach
Nancy Fredrickson, Ventura College cross country coach
Larry Knuth, Has coached at more than half the colleges west of the Mississippi.
Vince O'Boyle, UC Irive head coach
Kent Pagel, Fresno City College mens head coach
Bridget Pearson, Cal State Northridge assistant coach
Kirk Elias, University Nevada head cross country coach
Louie Quintana Sr., Allan Hancock College head coach
Ron Kamaka, Mt. SAC assistant coach

High School Coaches
Ken Reeves, Nordhoff High School head coach emeritus
Justin Monical, Yucca Valley High School head coach
Bill Tokar, Ventura High School cross country coach emeritus
Van Latham, Carpinteria High School head coach
Fred Morgan, Ventura High School throws coach
Peter Brewer, Northgate High School head coach
Tim Butler, Dana Hills High School distance coach
Kory Anderson, Ventura High School head coach
Rex Hall, Dana Hills High School distance coach
Marilyn Hantgin, San Marcos High School head coach
Tim Hunter, San Ramon Valley High School head coach
Walt Lange, Sacramento Jesuit High School head coach
Len Miller, Dos Pueblos High School distance coach
Cary Nerelli, Morro Bay High School cross country coach
Tran Sanders, Clovis East High School throws coach
Marty Simpson, Buchanan High School cross country coach
Mike Smith, Camarillo High School distance coach
Olivia Perdices, Santa Barbara High School head coach
Brian Weaver, Buchanan High School head coach
Jim White, McFarland High School cross country coach
Mike Stewart, Newbury Park High School head coach emeritus
Lalo Diaz, Loyola High School cross country coach
Armando Siqueiros, Mission Prep High School head coach
Jim McCarthy, University City High School head coach
Dennis Riedmiller, Camarillo High School head coach
Steve Boaz, San Luis Obispo High School head coach
Amador Ayon, McFarland High School
Marie Murphy, Louisville High School

Other Participants
Matt Farmer, VS Athletics
Rich Benoy, VS Athletics and former nationally ranked hurdler
Rich Gonzales, Dyestat
Terry Hearst, Royal Results
Erik Pedersen, Royal Results
Jeb Burgess, California Track & Engineering
Jacqueline Hansen, Former Director of LA84 Coaches Education Program and former world record holder marathon
Ramona Pagel, American record holder and 4 time Olympian in the shot put

This clinic is set up primarily to help John with his bill. But better yet, it is set up to help all of us become just a little bit better coach. Come share a weekend of fun, possibly sun and great interaction and help one of our own.

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