Gunnelson to Speak at Nationally Known USTFCCCA Convention

Dec 14, 2015

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DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque director of men’s and women’s track and field, Chad Gunnelson, will be speaking about developing elasticity in the weight room at the upcoming United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) convention in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, December 15.

Gunnelson specializes in the jumps and sprints and will speak on developing jumpers in the weight room. He holds the strength & conditioning specialist and jumps specialist certifications through the USTFCCCA and is a certified performance coach with USA-Weightlifting.

Since his arrival, the UD jumpers have seen unparalleled success. Over the past three seasons, UD has won the most All-IIAC honors in the jumps in the Iowa Conference.

Throughout his four-year tenure at UD, the Spartans have achieved the following in the jumping events alone:
-72 new UD Top-10 All-Time mark
-40 All-IIAC performances
-15 IIAC titles
-9 school records
-7 NCAA Qualifiers
-2 All-American awards
-1 NCAA Champion (Pole vault - Rick Valcin)

Gunnelson coached internationally for team St. Lucia, accompanying 2014 NCAA pole vault champion Rick Valcin to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and also coached former division I NCAA Pentathlon record holder, Makeba Alcide, at the NACAC Championships in Ottawa, Canada in 2015.

The Madison, Wis. native believes successful jumpers are built on the track and in the weight room and is excited to share the concepts Spartan jumpers use to build strength, power, and success at UD.

This is the first time he will be speaking in the annual event that features over 1,400 coaches from around the country, in all divisions, at the nation’s foremost track & field coaching convention from December 15-18.

Topics will include symposiums geared towards all aspects of track & field including professional development opportunities, meetings to shape the future of the sport, the presentation of the Bowerman trophies, USTFCCCA Hall of Fame, and much more.