My first season as throwing coach at SUNY Fredonia was a rewarding one! Pictured below from left to right are Tim, myself, Jen, Meredith, and Nick. This picture was taken at the University of Rochester. It was a great day of throwing. Everyone is smiling, so we know it was a good day!
In that first year of coaching, I learned many valuable lessons. More than I would like to list here, but of importance is that of guidance. I don't mean the guidance of coaching necessarily, but the guidance of everything else besides throwing. It wasn't until the 2005 spring semester that I realized I needed to spend more time just talking with my athletes and getting to know them. The be all end all was not going to be throwing for a majority of them, so why not make practice as comfortable as possible, while also staying focused on the goal(s) at hand.
I won't go into detail in regards to our road trips to Kent State or Slippery Rock. It was on those road trips that we grew closer together as a team. We didn't all agree on everything all the time. That concerned me back then. Not so much anymore. I can agree to disagree with an athlete. That does not threaten me as much as it may have back in 2005.
Jen, myself, and Tim at SUNY Buffalo. The one thing I taught my kids early on was that to make sure their ears, hands, and feet were always warm. If those three parts of your body are warm, it makes for a more comfortable and productive throwing session. Have you ever thrown with cold ears and hands, or cold hands and feet??? Not good at all!
2005-2006 SUNY Fredonia throwers. This picture was taken in the circle at Slippery Rock University. We famously stayed at the Evening Star Motel. That is all you need to know about the Evening Star Motel. Pictured from left to right are Zac, Julia, myself, Tim, Matt, Tom, Meredith, and Nick. This group of throwers scored a massive amount of points at our 2006 SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Julia won her 1st of 4 consecutive hammer championships. Meredith moved her way up the Javelin all time top 10 list. Nick knocked me down the all time Indoor Weight Throw and Outdoor Hammer list this particular season.
Everything was always sunshine and rainbows, but I still keep in contact with a great majority of throwers I have coached over the years. I have a lot of old video footage laying around from this particular season. I will look to post some of those videos in the future.
Thanks for reading!
Charles Infurna, Ed.D. is the owner of Forza Athletics, a throwing club that supports and mentors high school, collegiate, & post-collegiate throwers. Dr. Infurna currently coaches DIII National Champion Luis Rivera and Savannah Cook.