Local coaches to speak at convention
Innovations and new techniques are an everyday part of athletics. Therefore, coaching a sport can be as much of a learning experience as playing it.
To help Kansas coaches prepare for their upcoming seasons, the Kansas State High School Athletic Association holds a coaching school each year with speakers and techniques to help make the next season successful.
This year's school will be held in Topeka Aug. 3-5 at the Ramada Inn Downtown. Local coaches Kit Harris, Baldwin High School wrestling, and Phil Hannon, Baker University baseball, will be speaking at the school.
At the end of each coaching school, coaches write down names of those they would like to have speak at next year's convention.
"It is an honor to be asked to speak by my peers, and to be able to present in front of them," said Harris, who is also president of the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
Harris will speak on Wednesday, and his talk will focus be on instructing top work, which includes cradles, tucks and tilts.
"I've picked up a lot of things from other coaches over the years," he said. "I've been preparing my speech for about four years with bits from different clinics like this one."
Hannon will have double duty with two speeches during the clinic. On Wednesday he will speak about the individual responsibilities of team defense, and on Thursday his lecture called "Keeping the pressure on" will be on base stealing.
Other keynote speakers will be Iowa High School Athletic Association director Bernie Saggau and University of Oklahoma men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.