2017 Conference Speakers

Professor Drew Harrison – Associate Professor in Biomechanics at the University of Limerick


BIOG: Drew is an Associate Professor in the Physical Education & Sport Sciences Department at the University of Limerick (UL), where he established and co-directs the Biomechanics Research Unit at UL.

He is a member of the editorial board for the peer reviewed journal ‘Sports Biomechanics’ and is a regular reviewer for many peer reviewed journals including: Journal of Biomechanics, European Journal of Sport Science, Sports Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, Journal of Sport Sciences, International Journal of Sports Medicine and Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology.

Outside of his profession, Drew is an IAAF Elite Athletics Coach in Track and Field Athletics and has coached many international sprinters hurdlers and jumpers to all competition levels including Olympics and World Championships, including 400m hurdler Thomas Barr to fourth place at the Rio Olympics.

SESSION OVERVIEW: At the conference, Drew will be sharing his academic expertise and practical coaching experience through the delivery of a number of sessions, including a session on running drills and their specific relevant to sprint technique.

Jeremy Fischer – Director and Head Coach USATF Residence program, Chula Vista


BIOG: Jeremy Fischer coach to 2017 World Long Jump Champion Brittney Reese and 2017 World Triple Jump silver medallist Will Claye has been confirmed to speak at the scottishathletics Coaching Conference

Jeremy, based in Los Angeles, is the director and head coach of the USATF Residence program at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Centre. At the Rio Olympics, the programme produced 5 Olympic Medallists including Ryan Crouser, Jeff Henderson, Brittney Reese, Will Claye, and Joe Kovacs, and has coached athletes to over 10 Olympic and World Championship medals.

Jeremy is currently coaching 2017 World Championship silver medallist Will Claye; Olympic gold medallist and four-time world champion Brittney Reese and 2.04m high jumper, Brigetta Barrett.

He has also been on staff for 3 USA Paralympic teams and produced champions and World Record holders. During his own athletic career, Jeremy was an elite high jumper and finished runner up at NCAA and USATF championships. As a coach, he has won coach of the year awards for the NCAA, USOC, and USATF.

He is currently a jumps instructor and author for USATF Coaching Education and IAAF Academies and holds IAAF Level 5 and USATF Level 3 certifications in the sprints and jumps. He also has certifications of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, USA Weightlifting Level 1 and has Masters’ degrees in both Nutrition and Sports Sciences.

SESSION OVERVIEW: Over the course of the conference weekend, Jeremy will be sharing his coaching experiences and expertise in jumps with a keynote and two breakout sessions.

Steve Myrland – Performance and Conditioning Coach


BIOG: Steve Myrland is a performance and conditioning coach for competitive athletes at all levels of development and a consultant on health and physical fitness for corporations and school Physical Education programs, nationally.

While at the University of Wisconsin (1988 – 2000), Steve assisted with Big-Ten and National Championship efforts in Hockey, football, Cross-Country, Tennis, and Rowing.

Through Steve’s close association with Vern Gambetta and Gambetta Sports Training Systems, Inc. he has had the opportunity to work with the Chicago White Sox (Major League Baseball), the Tampa Bay Mutiny (Major League Soccer), and assist Vern with seminars and presentations on athletic performance.  Steve has also worked with the Iowa and Wisconsin National Guard; corporate health and fitness programs (OSHA – VPPP), and Physical Education programs throughout the United States.  He is a member of the editorial board for Training & Conditioning Magazine; a frequent presenter at National Strength and Conditioning Association events; creator of several training products including the ABC (Agility, Balance & Coordination) LADDER, and the Smart Hurdle System, and the manager of Beacon Athletics in Middleton, Wisconsin.  He is also founder and co-owner of Myrland & Grinaker Coaching, Inc.

For Scottish coaches working with Kelvin Giles’ Movement Dynamics Video Resource, Steve along with Greg Thompson and Kelvin was integral in the creation of the 5in5 movement resource.

At conference Steve, will be delivering a keynote and practical sessions on athletic development, and looking at creative ways of conditioning the athlete.

John Kiely – Lecturer and Strength and Conditioning Coach


BIOG: John Kiely, Senior Lecturer in Elite Performance, Institute of Coaching & Performance, at the University of Central Lancashire.  

John’s career within sport has been relatively varied, having experienced life as an international competitor, coach, sports scientist and strength and conditioning specialist.

From 2005 to 2009 John was the Head of Strength and Conditioning for UK Athletics, where he worked directly with former world champion and Beijing silver medallist, triple-jumper Philips Idowu and coach Aston Moore.

John has also worked directly with the coaches of Olympic and world champions in three major sports. He has coached a Paralympic track medallist and European champion, numerous combat-sport athletes, and lots (and lots!) of kids.

From an academic perspective, John has lectured on sports science and physical education courses at the University of Limerick, has published in both practical coaching and peer-reviewed science journals, served as an invited reviewer for top sport science periodicals, authored a book chapter, presented on various topics at international sports science conferences, and regularly present at coaching conventions, and has written widely on neuroscience, movement.

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