2016 National Conference

Boo Schexnayder

SAC Speed

Presentation Summary:

Critical Factors in Speed Development

This presentation examines philosophical approaches to and supporting sports science for the development of speed. It will also cover techniques of developing speed, power, and multidirectional speed, and discussion of how energy system training, strength training, and training session design may support or damage the effectiveness of the speed development program.


Irving "Boo" Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in sports training design and biomechanics. He possesses 35 years of experience in the coaching and consulting fields. Noted for his years as a collegiate Track and Field coach, he produced individual 19 NCAA Champions and nearly 100 All-Americans. He was a part of 12 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of Juco National titles as well. Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached 11 Olympians and multiple World Champions and Olympic Medalists. He has served on coaching staffs for Team USA several times, including the Beijing Olympics. He has also been very active in the consulting field, working in NFL player development from 1999 to the present. He has consulted for individuals, high school programs, collegiate programs, and several foreign NGBs in the areas of training design, jump improvement, speed training, rehabilitations, motor learning, and specialized programs for football, basketball, soccer, golf, and volleyball. Schexnayder currently operates Schexnayder Athletic Consulting, his sports consultancy firm. He also serves as the Director of Sports Performance for Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and Director of the Track and Field Academy, the educational branch of the US Track and Field and Cross Country Association A mentor of hundreds of coaches, he has been active in curriculum development for Coaching Education programs, and has lectured nationally and internationally on speed/power training programs, biomechanics, track and field specific training, and rehabilitation. He has authored several publications covering these topics. Prior to his collegiate and international career, Schexnayder was a successful mathematics teacher and prep coach at St. James High School for 11 years, coaching football, track and field, and cross country.