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    Wow, are those Florida women throwers awesome or what? Trackwire is currently picking UF to place third at NCAA indoors with 44 points, and 37 of them to come in just the two throws.
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

  • #2
    Re: Florida throwers

    Their coach, Larry Judge, knows a little bit about coaching these events at a high level (I think).

    The Larry Judge File
    Merrillville, Ind.
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Indiana State University, 1986. Master of Public Administration Degree, 1988. Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education Administration, 1991. Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Management, 1992.
    Coaching Career:
    Assistant Coach, Indiana State University, 1987-1991; Assistant Coach, University of South Carolina, 1992-1997. Head Coach, University of Wyoming, 1997-2000; Associate Head Coach, University of Florida (Women), 2000-present.
    Coaching Honors:
    USATF Assistant Throws Coach of the Year in 2003, Named Master Coach by USATF in 2002
    Career Totals:
    Florida: 2 NCAA Champions, 8 All-Americans, 2 NCAA East Region Champions, 4 Southeastern Conference Champions Wyoming: 27 All-Americans, 13 Mountain West Champions South Carolina: 2 NCAA Champions, 37 All-Americans, 21 Southeastern Conference Champions Indiana State: 8 All-Americans, 19 Missouri Valley Conference Champions
    Top Athletes:
    Christy Barrett (Three-time NCAA Runner-up, 1993 World Championships); Kim Barrett (Three-time All-American); Crystal Brownlee (1997 World University Games); Leslie Coons (All-American, American record holder); LaQuanda Cotten (NCAA All-American, SEC Commissioner's Trophy Winner); Jesseca Cross (1999 World University Games, 2000 Olympics); Jukina Dickerson (Four-time All-American, American record holder-weight throw); Dawn Ellerbe (Four-time NCAA Champion, American record holder-hammer and weight, 2000 Olympics); Karen Freberg (Two-time All-American, two-time SEC champion); Jason Gervais (NCAA runner-up, 1999 World Championships, 2000 Olympics); Erin Gilreath (NCAA champion, two-time All-America, SEC Champion); Mary LeJour (Canadian junior record holder); Rachel Longfors (NCAA East Region champion, SEC champion); Robin Lyons (Canadian national record holder); Kevin Mannon (NCAA runner-up, American collegiate record holder); Lisa Misipeka (1995 World Championships, 1996 and 2000 Olympics); Candice Scott (Two-time NCAA champion, NCAA East Region champion, six-time SEC Champion, NCAA record holder-hammer throw, 2003 World Championships, 2003 Pan American Games); Brad Snyder (1996 and 2000 Olympics); Julie Thomas (American junior record holder); Ron Willis (NCAA Champion, American collegiate record holder); Derek Woodske (Canadian national record holder)


    • #3
      Re: Florida throwers

      Here's an interesting trivia bit about one of the best of the Florida women throwers, Kim Barrett. While in high school in Miami, at Gulliver Prep, she was not only an outstanding shot putter, but she was All-Miami-Dade County in Cross Country. It's true that Miami is not a hot spot of girls cross country - except in the most literal sense - but to be among the top 7 high school girls in a county with 2 million people is still a real accomplishment. She was tough! That literal heat/humidity I mentioned is brutal in Sept. and Oct. yet she always competed fiercely.


      • #4
        Re: Florida throwers

        Larry Judge is an IAAF Level II instructor in the throws. He was one of the facilitators of the last IAAF Level II Throws course at the Reginal Development Centre (Puerto Rico) in December 2003.


        • #5
          Re: Florida throwers

          ...and he's one of the most decent people in the sport - always a classy guy.


          • #6
            Re: Florida throwers

            Yes, Coach Judge is amazing coach and great person. He is very committed to coaching the throws in his own program but also raising the level of throwing in the United States. I can't say enough nice things about "the Judge"

            Go Gators!