New University of Wyoming Track and Field coach Larry Judge begins his first season as the head coach of the Wyoming Track and Field and Cross Country program.
Coach Judge came to Wyoming after being an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., for the past five years.
The 1997-i98 year will be Judgeis eleventh year of collegiate coaching. He is considered one of the finest coaches in the country and was heavily responsible for the rapid rise of the South Carolina Track and Field program.
Judge had outstanding success in his five years at USC. He assisted in three top 25 NCAA finishes on the menis side and four top 10 NCAA finishes on the womenis side. In 1997 the Lady Gamecocks garnered a fourth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships, largely due to the 1-2 finish in the 20-pound weight and 4-5-6 finish in the shot put. Judge coached 21 SEC champions, 37 All-Americans and sent 18 different athletes to the NCAA Nationals in the throwing events. Some of his top student-athletes include: Ron Willis, NCAA Champion and American Collegiate Record Holder in the 35-pound weight, (72i0"); Dawn Ellerbe, NCAA National Champion, USATF National Champion and American Record Holder in the hammer throw (210i6"), and NCAA Champion, USATF Champion and World Record Holder in the 20-pound weight (71i9 1/2"), Brad Snyder, Canadian Olympian in the shot put (64i7"), Lisa Misipeka, Olympian in the hammer (207i6"), Crystal Brownlee, Olympic Festival Champion in the shot put (56i8"), John Stoikos, All-American in the hammer (222i3"), Candy Mitchell, javelin All-American (178i10"), Brett Murray, All-American in the discus (194i11"), Loren Thorenot, American Junior Record in the hammer (178i6"), and Beth Bunge, fourth place in the USATF indoor nationals in the shot put (58i6").
Prior to coaching at Carolina, Judge served as an assistant coach at Indiana State University where he coached 19 conference champions and eight All-Americans. Judge assisted in three conference championships and three top 20 NCAA finishes. In his five year stay, he tutored athletes that participated in the Olympic Trials, the World University Games and the World Championships. Judge tutored 3-time NCAA shot put runner-up Christy Barrett (58i7"), discus All-American Julie Koebcke (181'), All-American Matt Quinn in the hammer (209i1"), and All-American Kevin Brown in the 35-pound weight (69i2"). In 1992 Judgeis throwers completed a 1-2-3 sweep of the shot put and 35-pound weight in the prestigious Indiana Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
A native of Merrillville, Ind., Judge was a former standout performer at ISU, setting t he school record and qualifying for the NCAAis with a throw of 62i3 3/4" in the shot put. Judge also established Indiana intercollegiate and school records in the 35-pound weight and hammer throw. Judge, a two-time MVC shot put champion, was named to the MVC Academic All-Conference Team and was a finalist for GTE Academic All-American.
In the aspects of technical coaching, Judge is a well-respected author and clinician. He has published approximately 30 articles on track and field technique, nutrition, and resistance training. Judge holds many certifications including being a NSCA certified strength and conditiong coach, a USWF regional weightlifting coach, an ACSM fitness instructor, and an ACE certified personal trainer. Judge is also very active in the USATF coaches education program. Judge is the National Chairman of the Throws for USATF Coaching Education. He is also certified as a Level II coach and is a member of the USATF Coaches Education Curriculum Committee. Judge is also involved in coaches education as a Level I, II, and III instructor. Judgeis expertise in the throwing events and strength and conditioning has made him an attraction at coaching clinics nationally and internationally. In August 1997 he conducted an IAAF Solidarity Clinic in American Samoa. This past fall Judge was invited to be the lead instructor of an IAAF high performance seminar for elite hammer throwers in Salinas, Puerto Rico. He has presented at numerous domestic state clinics and at the prestigious National Strength and Conditioning Association Conference.
"Obviously, taking this position was very exciting for me," Judge said. "I felt like this program had untapped potential. I feel that being in the West is advantageous because of the opportunities for high quality competition.
"The environment here is ideal for all athletes. Weive got the altitude and a lot of nice terrains to run on for distance runners. For the throwers, I feel like with the type of facilities we have here we will be committed to have a top notch program in that area too.
"So, looking at the overall picture, the track program was a sleeping giant. Our goals this year are to finish in the top half of the WAC and in the top 25 of the NCAAis. Academically, we want to have a 3.0 team. I think to achieve these goals it starts with the student-athlete. We have to allow the student-athlete to be successful and that is accomplished by providing the equipment, support, coaching and facilities those students need.
"Our motto is hard work, persistence, and a positive attitude will bring results."
Judge, 33, was a standout three sport athlete at Merrillville High School. He was coached in the shot put by his father Ira. His brother Mike, was a standout track and field athlete at the University of Georgia. Judge is still very active in fitness and weight training and recently received his black belt in Karate.