Today we bring you an episode from Sideline Sessions with trailblazing track & field coach Sue Humphrey, author of I Want to Run: The Olympic Developmental Training and Nutritional Guide For Young & Teen Track Runners Ages 10 To 18.
In the early 1970s, after Title IX was enacted, she originated the women’s track program at Arizona State University. She also has coached at the University of Texas and California State University - Long Beach. Sue is the only female coach to have coached NCAA champions in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump.
Sue also coached for Team USA at the Olympics 3 times, including as Head Women’s Track & Field Coach in 2004. She individually coached 1996 Men’s Olympic High Jump Gold Medalist Charles Austin.
In this conversation, we discuss her book as well as insights from her 50+ years in coaching:
- Progress made since Title IX
- Ongoing challenges for female athletes and coaches
- What it’s like to coach at the Olympics
- Her experience working with all-time great athletes Wilt Chamberlain and Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Find Sue’s book, I Want to Run, on Amazon.
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About the host
Ross Romano is co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and also hosts The Authority Podcast. He began his career in the pro sports industry before becoming a leading communications, marketing, and management expert working with education companies. He is founder and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. He also works directly with professionals at all levels, in all industries, coaching them in their pursuit of success.
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