Academy Alumnus to Coach USA Men in PanAm Cross Country Championships

By February 25, 2016Alumni
Dave Shrock

DAPHNE, Ala. — USA Track & Field (USATF) has announced that Dr. Dave Shrock, United States Sports Academy alumnus and National Faculty member, has been selected as the head men’s coach for the PanAm Cross Country Championships in Carraballeda, Venezuela, on 4 March 2016.

Shrock, of Modesto, Calif., will coach the senior and junior men’s cross country teams that will compete against the Western Hemisphere’s best cross country athletes in an important lead-up event to the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016. Shrock will coach the 10-kilometer event for the senior men (age 20 and older) and the eight-kilometer event for the junior men (under age 20).

Shrock was chosen for his success as a coach and for his contributions to USA Track & Field development and coaching education programs for over four decades, according to USATF.

“It’s an honor to be able to take a team overseas to represent the United States and to serve many of our nation’s best athletes as a head coach in an important competition leading up to this summer’s Olympic Games,” Shrock said.

Shrock served as the USATF men’s distance coach at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2012, where he led the United States to victory with most medals won.
Shrock earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in kinesiology from San Jose State University and a Doctor of Education in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2009.

“When I first visited the United States Sports Academy I was very impressed with the program and the faculty,” Shrock said.

“The classes I had at the Academy were challenging, stimulating and allowed us to ask questions and back them up with research and data.

“The education was rigorous, applicable and perfect for me because it acknowledged much of the knowledge I had already gained in the profession, as well as helping to further my understanding and hone my research and educational skills.

“The Academy helped expand my horizons of sport and how sport affects people on a global scale,” he added. “I still continually interact with faculty and alumni in the United States and around the globe.

“My doctoral program at the Academy included an internship at the United States Olympic Committee and getting my doctorate enabled me to take additional jobs with the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field.”

Since earning his doctorate, Shrock has become a part of the Academy’s National Faculty and has taught sports marketing and sports leadership for the Academy’s international sport education programs, including six teaching trips to Thailand and one to Bahrain. He is scheduled to teach later this year for the Academy in the United Arab Emirates.

Shrock, 60, serves in numerous USA Track & Field leadership roles including president of the nation’s largest association, the Pacific Association; as USATF Coaching Committee chair; and as vice chair on the USATF National Association’s Executive Committee. He has educated over 1,000 coaches throughout the country and directs track and field schools and clinics. His association work includes oversight of several national championships and hosting Olympic trials. His efforts have included coaching schools for youth, high school, college and elite levels.

Shrock has more than 40 years of track and field coaching experience, including 20 years as a college coach. He is on the faculty at Modesto Junior College, where he went to work in 1996 as the cross country and track and field coach prior to becoming a professor of health and physical education. Under Shrock’s guidance, the Pirate cross country and track and field programs amassed two Nor-Cal championships and three runner-up titles. Shrock was named California Central Valley Coach of the Year 10 times while his programs generated 64 All-Americans. Shrock began his college coaching career in 1976 at the College of San Mateo in his home town of San Mateo, Calif., before coaching cross country and assisting with track and field at Stanford and San José State universities.

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