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Latif Thomas

Latif Thomas

Highly regarded as one of the top speed coaches in the country, Latif is the Co-Owner of Athletes’ Acceleration, Inc., a leader in sports performance consulting, coaching and training resources for fitness professionals.

A former All East Sprinter while attending the University of Connecticut on a track and field scholarship, Latif is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is USA Track and Field Level II Certified in the Sprints, Hurdles and Relays. In 2005, he was voted the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year for his success in developing countless champions and record holders at the conference, division and state levels.

The former Director of Sports Performance at Mass Premier Courts, Latif has run numerous successful speed development programs and clinics for coaches and athletes of all sports and age groups. This includes the Speed Clinic Empire Mentorship, a program designed to teach coaches how to run their own profitable speed camps and clinics. Co-creator of the internationally acclaimed Complete Speed Training Program, Latif has excelled at simplifying program design and technical improvement in order to facilitate greater results in his athletes.

Patrick Beith

Patrick Beith

Patrick Beith is the Co-Owner for Athletes' Acceleration, Inc. Patrick holds his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, and is recognized by National Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS), National Academy of Sports Medicine (PES), American College of Sports Medicine (HFI), International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) and USA Track & Field Coaching Level II (Jumps, Sprints, Hurdles and Relays).

A renowned coach, Patrick specializes in speed training & athlete development of various levels. As a performance coach, his concepts and products have helped thousands of athletes & coaches around the world. From athletic development to fitness business development - consulting, lecturing and teaching - Patrick strives to help each client achieve their goal and to reach their full potential.

Along with coaching Patrick has been published by:

  • Personal Training on the Net - 'The World's #1 Education Resource for Fitness Professionals'
  • Sport Specific - 'The World's Largest and Most Trusted Strength & Conditioning Resource'
  • Strength Radio - Where the top fitness professionals uncover the truth on Strength & Conditioning
  • Athletic PE - Practical Strength and Conditioning Information for Coaches, Teachers, Trainers, and Athletes!
  • Elite Fitness Systems - 'Advancing Force Training into the 21st Century'
  • Dave Depew (interview)- San Diego's Premier Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist.
  • 1 Speed Training – ‘Your 1 Stop Speed Training Resource’
  • Complete Track And Field – ‘The Official Track & Field Resource’
  • Dragondoor – ‘For Supreme Fitness and Well-Being’
  • Training Revolutions – ‘A new source of fitness & sports performance training information for you, the eager, hungry, and focused individual.’
  • Developing Athletics – ‘Your #1 Source for Youth Athletic Development & Conditioning’
  • Successful Coaching Newsletter – ‘Provides information on the many topics related
    to developing athletic ability and coaching expertise’

Athletes' Acceleration's Recommended and Highly Regarded Coaches

These are the coaches that have met the Athletes’ Acceleration Seal of Approval as their information goes above and beyond the industry standard. Products and articles by the following coaches are promoted on this site because we fully believe in them. We not only respect and actively study these coaches’ information, but we use them with in our own programs with our athletes. We guarantee that you will agree!

Jeremy Boone

Jeremy Boone

Jeremy Boone founded his own sports performance consulting company, the Carolina Athletic Development Institute dedicated to providing athletes with comprehensive training and conditioning programs based upon the athlete’s sport, position, and individual needs.

  • Jeremy has helped to take four professional teams to a national championship final including the NFL Carolina Panthers, WUSA Atlanta Beat, WSL Charlotte Lady Eagles, and A-League Charlotte Eagles
  • He has worked with athletes from the novice to professional levels in multiple sports including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball
  • A highly motivated speaker, Jeremy has presented at numerous conferences including the Perform Better Learn-By-Doing series, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of Canada
  • Creator of numerous highly regarded programs and resources dedicated to safe and effective athletic development for speed and power athletes of multiple sports

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Lee Taft

Lee Taft

Lee is highly respected as one of the top agility and change of direction specialists in the country and serves as Performance Director and owner of Sports Speed, Etc., Inc.

  • Executive Vice President for the International Youth Conditioning Association, the premier international authority with respect to athletic development and young athlete-based conditioning

  • Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Sports Performance Coach certified by USA Weightlifting (SPC)and he is also a certified Level 1 Track and Field Coach by the USA Track & Field (USATF level I)

  • Lee’s innovative techniques to improve multi-directional speed are the teaching method of choice for many professionals

  • Lee has written dozens of articles and e-books on the topic of multi-lateral speed and youth development, produced audio CD and DVD programs and is a featured speaker on the Perform Better tour and other sports development clinics and seminars

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Brian Grasso

Brian Grasso

Brian Grasso is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Youth Conditioning Association.

  • Began his sport-training career as a Performance Coach to Olympic, professional and elite athletes from a variety of sports and has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe as a Conditioning Consultant for both the Canadian and United States National Team athletes.

  • An outspoken leader in the youth athletic development industry, Brian has written feature articles for sport training magazines throughout North America including, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, SportingKid, American Track & Field and Personal Fitness Professional.

  • Brian provides educational seminars covering youth athletic development and training topics to sporting organizations throughout the world including: the National Coaching Education Program, the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the United States Figure Skating Association, the Illinois Olympic Development Program, Skate Canada, the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and the Korean Aerobic Association among many others

  • Serves as an educational consultant to the Children's Memorial Hospital's Institute for Sports Medicine.

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Duane Carlisle

Duane Carlisle

What makes Coach Carlisle so special? His trememdous ability to take every athlete--youth through professional--to the next level.

  • San Francisco 49ers - Assistant Strength and Coditioning Coach, 2005-present
  • Velocity Sports Performance - Director, 2004-2005
  • Former Philadelphia Eagles Speed Consultant, 2000-2004
  • Former New Jersey Pride (Lacrosse) Speed and Conditioning Coach, 2002-2004
  • Former Philadelphia Charge (Soccer) Strength and Coditioning Coach, 2001-2003
  • Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Baseball) Speed and Conditioning Coach, 1996-1997

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Joe Defranco

Joe DeFranco

Joe is one of the country’s most highly sought after performance enhancement specialists. This is due to his reputation throughout the country for producing extraordinary results with his athletes. These results have not come by accident. Joe’s academic background, coupled with his “in the trenches” experience, has proven to be a recipe for success.

Some of Joe's accomplishments are as follows...

  • Joe has helped produce over 50 NFL draftees!
  • Joe has logged over 15,000 hours of training athletes during his career in strength & conditioning. During this time, Joe has trained well over 1000 high school and college athletes from various sports. This includes All-State and All-American performers in football, baseball, wrestling, basketball, track & field, lacrosse and hockey
  • Joe’s Football Combine DVD & Super-Strength DVD have become a worldwide success in 9 different countries!
  • Joe has authored over 50 articles on training & sports performance and he is currently a contributing writer for the famous online publications &
  • Joe has co-authored 2 best-selling training manuals - “The 40-Yard Dash” & “The Vertical Jump”
  • Joe’s website newsletter boasts over 10,000 subscribers and it has developed the reputation as the leader in hardcore strength & conditioning information on the internet
  • Joe has trained NFL football players from all 32 NFL teams!
  • Joe’s training techniques have been featured on Fit-TV’s “Insider Training” as well as various publications & news channels
  • Joe has lectured worldwide on the topic of “Strength and flexibility training for enhanced sprinting speed”

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Barry Ross

Barry Ross

Barry Ross has been coaching for more than 25 years, initially a track and field throwing events and general strength training coach, his focus in the last 10 years is on increasing the strength, speed and power of athletes in nearly every sport.

  • Coach Ross has had a solid percentage of his athletes receive NCAA Division 1 and 2 scholarships in a variety of sports (including volleyball, football, soccer, and track) at UCLA, San Jose State, U.C. Berkley, University of Southern California, UNLV, Washington, and the Naval Academy
  • Jessica Cosby, winner of Pac 10 titles in the shot put and hammer, as well as a NCAA Division 1 title in the shot put and Allyson Felix who, as a 17 year old high school student in 2003, broke all of Marion Jones high school records in the 200 meters and went on to run the fastest 200 meters in the world that year
  • Author of the popular and controversial book ‘Underground Secrets to Faster Running’
  • Barry’s strength training methods are used throughout the world by high school, college and professional athletes in a variety of sports including professional baseball, tennis and rugby.

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Coach Irving "Boo" Schexnayder

Boo Schexnayder

Irving "Boo" Schexnayder recently concluded 12 stellar seasons as the jumps and multi-event coach at LSU. The South Louisiana native arrived in Baton Rouge in 1995 after spending three years as a valuable member of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette) coaching staff.

Schexnayder, who is regarded as one of the nation's premier field event coaches, has been the mastermind behind 18 individual NCAA titles secured by nine different athletes during his tenure in Baton Rouge. He currently serves as the Director of the CAP Elite Training Center and will serve as the 2008 USA US Olympic Men's Track and Field Jumps and Multi-Events Coach.

A prominent figure on the international scene, Schexnayder most recently guided the efforts of 2005 U.S. and world triple jump champion, Walter Davis.

At the collegiate level, 2004 was a year of unprecedented success for athletes under Schexnayder's watch as his jumpers combined to win three individual NCAA titles and earn 12 All-America awards. Schexnayder guided the efforts of SEC Field Athlete of the Year, John Moffitt, who swept the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor long jump titles before winning a silver medal in the event for Team USA at the Olympic Games.

In addition, Schexnayder's athletes were the catalyst for the Tigers' indoor national championship run as the trio of LeJuan Simon, Moffitt and Willie Bradley went 1-2-3 in the triple jump, just one day after Moffitt and Simon finished first and eighth, respectively in the long jump.

Schexnayder's athletes earned All-America honors six times during the 2003 season, a year in which he was also selected to serve as the Jumps/Multis coach for Team USA at the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In 2002, he guided Olympian Walter Davis to one of the finest careers in LSU track history. Named the 2002 SEC Male Athlete of the Year, Davis won both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor national titles in the triple jump in 2001 and 2002. Davis then added the 2002 NCAA Outdoor long jump title to his already impressive resume bringing his national championship and All-America title counts to five and nine, respectively, under Schexnayder's tutelage.

Davis wasn't the only athlete to flourish under Schexnayder's supervision in 2002, Nicole Toney and Claston Bernard each won national championships of their own as Toney took home gold in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships and Bernard won the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

In 2000, Schexnayder boasted two NCAA champions in Russ Buller and Keisha Spencer. Buller put together a tremendous season, winning the SEC and NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles, the Penn and Texas Relays and the USTCA National Championship in the pole vault, while Spencer won the SEC and NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the triple jump. Spencer later won the Honda Award, recognizing the nation's premier women's collegiate athlete in the sport of track and field.

The 1999 season saw Schexnayder help LeVar Anderson to a national championship in the triple jump as he won gold in the event at the NCAA Outdoor meet.

Prior to Anderson's success Schexnayder assisted as Lady Tiger Suzette Lee shattered the NCAA record in the triple jump and captured outdoor national titles in both 1996 and 1997. Lee also won the NCAA Indoor triple jump title in 1997, in addition to finishing second in the long jump.

In all, Schexnayder has been responsible for at least one national champion in seven of his 10 seasons at LSU, while he has also guided the efforts of 54 All-America athletes during his tenure with the Tigers.

As impressive as Schexnayder's accomplishments are on the track he has been just as successful off the track. He is certified at Level I, II, and III, in addition to owning a Master Coach Designation from USA Track and Field. Schexnayder also serves as Chair of the Jumps program of USA Track and Field Coaching Education, and is the former national chair of USATF's Coaching Education Committee and Biomechanics Subcommittee.

Schexnayder has lectured nationally and internationally on jumps, combined events and speed/power training programs, as well as authored several publications covering the same topics.

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Coach Cliff Rovelto

Cliff Rovelto

Under the direction of Cliff Rovelto, the Kansas State track and field program has established itself as a force in America’s heartland and regularly challenges some of the more established collegiate programs in the nation.

In 2007-08, Rovelto begins his 16th season as the head coach at Kansas State and his 20th at the school overall. The steady progression of the K-State program resulted in 2001 with Rovelto being honored by his peers as the women’s outdoor National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. During his tenure, he has led Kansas State to back-to-back Big 12 Conference women's outdoor team championships, has earned consecutive Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors, giving him five such honors in his 13 seasons as the Wildcats' head coach. Prior to the start of the 2005 season, Rovelto earned the United States Women’s Track and Field College Coaches Award for Service at the USA Track and Field Convention. Rovelto was nominated by his peers and selected by the officers of USA Track and Field.

K-State earned its best finish ever at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships, placing fifth. Kansas State's pair of Big 12 Conference women’s outdoor team championships were the second and third team titles won by any Wildcat athletic team since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. The other was a women’s cross country team title in 1998.

In 1999-2000, the Kansas State women had one of the best combined seasons in all of collegiate track and cross country. The cross country team placed a school-best fifth at the NCAA Nationals, while the indoor team was seventh nationally and the outdoor squad was 11th in the team standings at the NCAA Championships.

Since becoming the head in November of 1992, the men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field programs have earned 126 All-American certificates and 94 individual conference championships.

Over his 17 seasons at K-State, Rovelto has personally directed 37 individuals to 84 NCAA All-America certificates, as well as 44 individuals to 63 conference event championships.

The success Rovelto has cultivated at Kansas State has propelled him onto the international coaching stage with the United States Track and Field Association. An internationally recognized authority in combined events who helped write and teaches the curriculum for the U.S. combined events coaching education program and is a Level II combined event instructor, and is one of two coaches in the U.S. to coach multiple combined event athletes to over 8,000 and 6,000 points.

In 2005, Rovelto’s latest international assignment was as an assistant for the U.S. Track & Field team at the 2005 World Track & Field Championships. He served as the women’s jumps and combined events coach at the games in Helsinki, Finland.

He has also served as head coach of the U.S. Decathlon Team in dual meets with Germany in 1997 and 2003. He also was named to the U.S. coaching staff for the 2002 World Cup and the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in Paris.

Under Rovelto’s tutelage, combined-events athletes have earned 10 All-America certificates and won 11 conference titles. He has coached several internationally known multi-event athletes, including current Wildcat assistant coaches Steve Fritz, who was fourth in the decathlon at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and Austra Skujyte, who claimed the 2001 and 2002 NCAA heptathlon championships and set a collegiate record in the pentathlon. Skujyte is a two-time Olympic representative (2000 and 2004) for her native Lithuania. Skujyte notched her highest finish in international competition with a silver medal performance in the heptathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In the spring of 2005, Skujyte set the IAAF world record in the first female decathlon competition on North American soil with a point total of 8,366.

A successful coach of sprint and hurdles athletes as well, Rovelto has directed eight individual All-America sprinters and hurdles while at Kansas State, including 1995 NCAA 400-meter champion Nicole Green.

Rovelto has also coached some of the nation’s top jumpers. While at Kansas State, he has coached 28 All-America and 21 conference champion high jumpers, while leading 18 All-Americans and 14 conference champs in the long and triple jump. In the pole vault, he has coached a two-time NCAA runner-up and a third-place finisher.

He is currently involved in the U.S. high jump development program for both junior and senior competitors and is a Level III jumps instructor.

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Coach Tony Veney

Tony Veney

Tony Veney enters his fifth season as the Bruin men's sprints, hurdles and relays coach. Prior to joining the UCLA staff, Veney was head coach at Portland State from 2001-2003.

Veney has steadily become one of the premier hurdle coaches in the country in just four short years. During his short time at UCLA, Veney has seen multiple athletes earn All-American honors at the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships. A solid recruiter, Veney has worked hard to bring in the top student- athletes to UCLA.

In 2007, the sprinters were incredibly successful highlighted by Brandon Johnson's NCAA runner-up finish at the Outdoor meet. Johnson also won his third Pac-10 and West Region titles during the season. Kevin Craddock won his first Pac-10 high hurdle crown as he ran one of the top-five times in the country. Darius Reed also showed his potential after competing at the NCAA outdoor meet in just his first season of college track.

Craig Everhart, Craddock, Jonathan Williams, Johnson, James Rhoades and Elijah Wells have all earned All-American honors while under the tutelage of Veney. His hurdlers and sprinters have won three West Region and three Pac-10 titles.

While at Portland State (2001-2003), Veney led the Viking women to their highest ever finish (sixth place) at the Big Sky Indoor Championships after five consecutive ninth-place finishes. He also coached the first ever women's indoor individual champions (two), women's indoor All-conference selections (three) and men's individual champion and All-conference selection. Veney coached the Vikings' first Div. I indoor provisional qualifiers (women's triple jump/high jump). During his tenure at Portland State, the Vikings had 28 All-Big Sky Academic award winners.

Prior to coaching at Portland State, Veney was an assistant men's track coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Oregon from 1998-2001. While with the Ducks, he worked with 2001 NCAA decathlon champion Lorenzo Santiago and 10 All-Pac-10 performers. With Veney's assistance, the Ducks also improved from a 65th place finish at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships to ninth in 2001. The Oregon recruiting classes also steadily improved under Veney's guidance from 20th in 1999 and 10th in 2000 to No. 1 in 2001.

Veney has been involved with USA Track and Field since 1987. He has been the Elite Junior Film Coordinator from 1987 to 2000 and Elite Senior Film Coordinator and Junior Elite Sprint/Hurdle Camp Clinician from 1988 to 2000. From 1987-1999, he was the Regional Sprint Coordinator. In 1999, he assumed the position of Women's Sprint Development Chair. A USATF Level I, II and III Clinician and certified USATF Master of Coaching, Veney has produced two sprint and hurdles training videos, has as written two sprint and hurdles training manuals and recently published a sprint/hurdle book called Conditioning for Track & Field, published by Human Kinetics.

In 2001, Veney was the head women's coach for Team USA at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. In 1990, he was the Olympic Festival Sprint Coach. Veney was the sprints coach at two Pan American Games, the 1991 Junior Pan Am Games in Kingston, Jamaica, and the 1995 Senior Pan Am Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

As an athlete, Veney was an integral member of two Bruin Pac-8 and NCAA Championship teams, as well as the four-time Track & Field News National Dual Meet Champion teams (1972-75). He is the former UCLA 800m school record holder (1:47.8, now No. 7 in school history).

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