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The Journey of a Distance Coach: A Conversation with Dave Smith, Head Coach at Oklahoma State University
Join host Mike Cunningham on the Gill Athletics Connections Podcast for an inspiring episode featuring Dave Smith, the head coach of track and field and cross country at Oklahoma State University. This episode is a must-listen for track and field coaches, especially those focused on distance events, as it explores the world of coaching, athlete development, and the unique journey of a coach who has guided some of the best distance runners in the country.
Dave Smith's story is one of hard work, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. From his early days as an athlete to his current role at Oklahoma State, Dave shares his experiences, his coaching philosophy, and his vision for the future of the sport.
In this episode, Dave talks about the challenges and rewards of coaching, the nuances of working with distance runners, and the importance of building relationships with athletes. He also discusses his transition from a Ph.D. in pharmacology and neurobiology to coaching, his passion for the university environment, and his excitement about the future of the program at Oklahoma State.
One of the standout moments in the conversation comes when Dave reflects on his career and his plans for the future. He humorously shares, "Jerry Schumacher, Greg Metcalf, and I have a plan at some point in the near future we're gonna be someplace on a beach community sitting out under a tent drinking our whatever's, playing cards, criticizing all the young coaches, how bad the sport's become, being bitter angry old men hanging out with each other on a beach being those guys."
This episode is not just about the technical aspects of coaching; it's about understanding the human aspect, the individuality of athletes, and the importance of authenticity, connection, and continuous learning. Whether you're a seasoned coach or just starting out, Dave Smith's experiences, wisdom, and passion for the sport will inspire and motivate you.
Tune in to this engaging conversation and let Dave's journey guide you in your own coaching endeavors.
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