2018 National Conference

Jim Lathrop

Developing the Complete Program: From Philosophy to Fruition, a Young Coaches Primer

The purpose of this presentation is to assist the young strength & conditioning professional in wading through the myriad of theories and philosophies of training to develop a sound, structured and complete training program which addresses the needs and concerns of athletes, coaches and administrators in this modern era. The speaker will utilize his experiences as a thirty-four year veteran in the profession to illustrate the need to develop a program keyed to the training age, experience and ability of the athletes in your care and to further incorporate your program into the sport coaches and administrators vision of their program. The speaker will discuss not only the physical parameters of training but the psychological and sociological impact on the training of athletes addressing the areas of motivation and discipline as well as the strength and conditioning coaches own professional comportment.

MSCC, Jim Lathrop, received his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State University and his Master's in Physical Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach and part-time assistant from 1983-1987. Jim then spent a brief five-month stint as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of California-Berkeley before moving on to Georgia Tech where he served as assistant director of player development from 1988-1990 and director of player development from 1990-1992. In 1990, Georgia Tech tied for the football national championship with an 11-0-1 record, winning the U.P.I. national championship. From there Jim went to the University of Wyoming where he served as director of strength and conditioning from 1993-1998. Jim then moved to Purdue University where he served as the strength and conditioning coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach until 2010. He has spent the last seven years at Illinois State University as the director of strength and conditioning and was honored to be named the 2014 FCS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Jim maintains his certification through the CSCCa, after becoming SCCC certified in 2001 with the first certification class. In 2015 Jim received his MSCC through the CSCCa. Currently, he serves as a member of the CSCCa Certification Commission. He is greatly honored to have had the opportunity to serve so many athletes during the course of his career.