Campers will learn some of the finer points of technique from Olympians and leading coaches. They also learn about qualities of character that make a champion – persistence, self-discipline and giving 100 percent.

Campers will have four coaching sessions with clinicians. Sessions can be mixed between different events.

2018 Simplot Games Track Camp Clinicians include:

Dick Fosbury High Jump

Originator of the “Fosbury Flop” and 1968 Olympic gold medalist in the high jump. Dick will be working with the jumpers on their approaches, takeoff and clearance; bounding and strength exercises; and observing individual techniques for improvements.

Andre Phillips Hurdles

1988 Olympic gold medal winner in the 400 hurdles. Andre is known for making his clinics and coaching sessions both fun and instructive. His teaching skills are a product of both his love for students and his professional training. He is the principal of Stagg High School in Stockton, California.

Willie Banks Triple and Long Jump

Triple jump world record holder, three-time Olympian. Willie will be working with athletes on approaches and jumping techniques, take-off and body position in the air. He will be observing athletes’ techniques and providing feedback on how they can improve. Willie will cover bounding and strength drills, and a break-out session on effective calisthenics.

Dave Johnson (unable to attend) Throws and Multis

Dave Johnson is a two-time Olympian in the decathlon, winning a bronze medal in 1992. He is a four-time USA champion and the current world record holder for second-day events. Dave is currently an assistant coach with Oregon State University; Multi-area Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and president of the Oregon Olympians chapter. Dave has a Masters of Education, authored the book Aim High, and was the Superstars Champion in 1993 and 1994.

George Walcott Sprints

George is a three-time Jamaican Olympic Trials qualifier. He has competed at the World Championships and in the Pan American Games. He is a Pac-10 200-meter champion, four-time Arizona Junior College sprint champion and NUCAA 200-meter champion. George was the men’s and women’s sprint coach at the University of Oregon for eight years and is currently the head track and field coach at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon.

ISU Coaching Staff

Idaho State University Coaching Staff:

Hillary Merkley - Head Coach

Nathan Houle - Head XC Coach, Asst. Track and Field Coach

Yuriy Litvinski - Horizontal Jumps and Sprints

Dan Walker - Pole Vault and Throws

Tasha Powell - Throws

Shannon Whitmer Camp Executive Director

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