Green Mountain Coaches Workshop
Offering Outstanding Clinic for Levels of Coaching Experience
The Green Mountain Running Camp Coaches Workshop offers a special learning opportunity for beginning coaches, (and even veteran coaches), looking for a more scientific approach to coaching your cross country teams.
The Coaches Workshop is designed for cross country coaches without extensive academic or coaching backgrounds. It is Green Mountain Running Camp's effort to give back to the sport by offering this tuition-free workshop as an intensive short course in the art and science of coaching distance runners.
The workshop is offered in conjunction with both sessions of the Nike Green Mountain Running Camp. The workshop teaches the principles of hard/easy training and gives coaches the tools to individualize workouts by tying together pace, pulse, and perceived exertion.
- Coaches are encouraged to accompany their cross country teams and attend the Coaches Workshop covering the latest in training and racing techniques.
- The workshop runs concurrently with both camp sessions.
- Study the Science of Effort Based Training.
- Examine the design and analysis of videotaping of running form.
- Review techniques and suggestions for program administration.
- Compare methods and materials for team organization.
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Director GMRC Coaches Clinic Mike Cohen
Coach Mike Cohen taught advanced biology at Simsbury High School in Simsbury, CT for the majority of his thirty-five year teaching career before leaving the classroom. For over thirty years Coach Cohen has coached teams and individuals from high-school age through adults. Presently, his passion is sharing his extensive knowledge of exercise physiology, sports psychology and coaching science with his runners and others. His coaching philosophy is founded on the principle of effort-based training married to the artful application of exercise science. Coach Cohen recently retires as the head coach of the boys XC running, coed indoor track and field and the boys outdoor track & field teams. His coaching ability extends beyond distance events to middle-distance, sprints, pole vault and the javelin throw having produced state champions in all these areas. Over the years, his teams have amassed in excess of 400 dual meet victories, numerous divisional, conference and state titles while producing many individual State Champions as well.View Mike Cohen's Bio ⟩
Twice, Coach Cohen has been honored by the Connecticut Coaches Association, in 1994 and 2005 as the Outstanding Coach in Cross Country. He holds coaching certifications from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association, Road Runners Clubs of America, and USA Track and Field. He is proud of the numerous former runners that have gone on to become successful collegiate and post-collegiate runners. In fact, a number of his former athletes have followed in his footsteps and have become successful interscholastic coaches as well. Coach Cohen's association with Green Mountain Running Camp began over twenty years ago when, at the request of team members, he searched for a summer running camp program for them. He found that Green Mountain offered the benefit of great running venues, the security and benefits of a college campus, and a knowledgeable staff that provided a solid educational opportunity for its runners. Initially, he visited the camp to observe the program and was impressed with what he saw. This was not merely a training camp but so much more. The following summer Coach Cohen joined the camp as a staff coach and lecturer and over the years has worked his way "up the ladder" to become the Co-Director.
Celebrating our 44th year!
The Green Mountain Running Camp Coaches Workshop runs concurrently with the GMRC youth sessions.
The Green Mountain Running Camp Coaches Workshop offers a unique learning opportunity for both beginning as well as veteran coaches, looking for a more scientific approach to coaching their cross country teams.
The workshop, designed for cross country or track coaches without extensive academic or coaching backgrounds, teaches the principles of hard/easy training and provides coaches with the tools to individualize workouts by coordinating pace, pulse, and perceived exertion. Offering information for the design of training plans and workouts for all phases of training, it also assists with the organization and administration of cross country or track program from the middle school to college levels.Show Less See More Camp Details
Coaches can enroll in free of charge if they have 5 or more runners from their team attend the camp!
The workshop offers up to 15 hours of classroom sessions which are incorporated into the regular camp curriculum to provide a multitude of opportunities to learn from workshop staff coaches, special guest speakers, and varied breakout session presenters. Joining the campers' running groups on their twice a day training runs is also an option for all workshop participants.
Coaches receive 15 hours of instruction as well as the opportunity to hear guest speakers, run with the campers on the trails and attend additional breakout sessions with veteran staff coaches.
Topics include but are not limited to: Principles of Effort Based Training, 4 Speeds of Distance Running Training, Training Plans for your Season & Off-Season; Coaching Personality, Developing a Team, & Team Bonding; Policies, Procedures & Summer Training; Motivation & Setting Goals For Your Athletes; Preventing Injury & Running Drills; Meet Day Protocol; The Exceptional Athlete.
Additional topics covered with guest speakers and breakout sessions may include:
· Sports psychology
· Sports nutrition
· Racing strategies
· Team dynamics
· Strength work and drills
· Roles of stretching
Camp Check-in & Check-out Details:
Check-in: Sunday, 3PM
Check-out Friday, 11:30AM
Coaches stay in dorms on campus, 1 - 2 per room.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 6.45 Reveille--Wake up
- 7.00-7.30 Morning activity: easy morning run or yoga
- 7.30-8.30 Breakfast
- 9.00-10.00 Coaches Workshop 1
- 10.00-10.30 Guest speaker in main theater
- 10.40-11.15 Breakout session (select 1 of several topics) conducted by staff coaches
- 11.25-12.00 Breakout session (select 1 of several topics) conducted by staff coaches
- 12.00-1.00 Lunch
- 1.00-2.00 Coaches Workshop 2
- 2.10-3.00 Guest Speaker or program in main theater
- 3.15-3.30 Pre-run stretch
- 3.30-5.30 Afternoon run
- 5.30-6.30 Dinner
- 6.45-8.30 Coaches Workshop 3
Located at Kimball Union Academy, in Meriden, NH, the Green Mountain Running Camp is one of the oldest in the country. Coaches stay in the college dormitories, 1 - 2 per room. Coaches and campers run on beautiful trails right from campus, in evergreen forests and sun drenched meadows...and jump into a mountain stream to cool down.
Green Mountain Running Camps is owned and operated by Green Mountain Running Camps LLC which is a limited liability company formed under the laws of the State of Nevada.
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XC Season Success!
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the program you put together this past summer, not only for the coaches, but also for the kids. You've helped create a program that really works to teach and empower all its participants! As for our results this season. We won the Maine Independent School Championship and went on to win New England's (NEPSTA Division IV) for the 2nd time in four years (we've podiumed all four and this bookended championships for my seniors). Thanks in part to your help and teaching over the summer, all our runners peaked perfectly and we had great performances from top to bottom! My runners placed 3, 20, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35 out of a field of more than 200 with 37 schools being represented (the kids were ready and ran a great strategic race). On our girl's side, we placed 3 runners in the top 20! The success continued all the way down the JV roster as well.
— Adam L.
Engaging and enjoyable
To the staff of Green Mountain Running Camp, I can not not thank you enough for the opportunity to take part of the coaches clinic this summer. I had an incredible experience and learned a great deal of information to incorporate in my upcoming cross country season. It was great to see so many kids who enjoy running and to be able to take part in running with them. Coach Gerry Chester did an amazing job in the classes he taught us. His personal stories, warmth and humor kept class engaging and enjoyable. He has such a knowledge for running. Kristin Ross also played an a huge part in my attending the coaches clinic. I coach with her at our middle school and she has been asking me to come to camp the last few years. I am so glad I was able to attend. I enjoyed the break out sessions she arranged and it's obvious she has a great presence with the campers and staff at the camp. Thank you again for a great experience. I look forward to coming back next year either as a coach or to attend the clinic again. Well done!
Being able to receive individual feedback at this workshop regarding our individual program and how to implement and adjust it to get the most benefit out of our season was something that other coaching workshops don’t offer.
— Erin E. Pomykala, Head Coach Men's and Women's Cross Country, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Exceeded my expectations
What an incredible week. This coaches’ workshop far exceeded my expectations. Whether this was your first season coaching, or you’ve had a few years under your belt, there was much to be taken away from this workshop experience. I am very much looking forward to returning next year to see what session two will hold.
— Terri Miller. Solebury School Head Cross Country Coach Assistant Track and Field Coach New Hope, PA