Coach Larry Libow
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York I began my track career in the 6th grade as a member of the PS-197 sprint relay team that competed in the annual borough-wide field day track meet. Assistant Principal/Coach Abe Reiger was adamant about baton passing perfection and my team's speed and stick handling skills allowed me to collect gold medals in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. I was hooked on the sport. I ran track for James Madison High School for all four years using the fall cross country season to stay in shape for the indoor and outdoor seasons where my specialty was the 220 yard dash. My personal best was a 22.4 (converted to the current 200 meters). My love for the sport blossomed under the tutelage of Coach Nate Krinsky and I decided that I would become a physical education teacher and coach and headed off to Springfield College in the fall of 1967. Once again I started with the cross country season but before the season was over I found that the coach and I were incompatible and I regret to say, I never competed at Springfield College. I also changed my major and did not become a teacher.
Skip a few years forward and in my late forties I started competing in local (SMAC indoor & outdoor all-comer) track meets. By the time I turned 50 I looked forward to joining the track competition of the Massachusetts Senior Games held at Springfield College. At those meets I met others who would direct me to other state Senior Games and to USA Track & Field Masters competition. I keep running into the same men & women at these meets and I decided to try to form a Masters track club of (primarily) sprinters. It took a few years but now the Mass Velocity Track Club is firmly established as one of the premiere Masters clubs in the United States and usually finishes among the top-scoring clubs at both Indoor and Outdoor Masters Nationals and has a large number of National and International Champions.
I continued to compete indoors and outdoors
but osteoarthritis in both knees, and ultimately the replacement of my left knee
forced me to curtail my Masters competition. I used my time to join the
Board of Governors of the USATF New England Association as an Athlete
Representative and later as the Youth Athletics Chair. I also joined the
Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Senior Games and ultimately became the
President and CEO. I left those positions at the end of 2011 and from 2012
until the end of 2016 I was the Managing Director of the Massachusetts Senior
I envisioned and founded the Howard Drew All-City Track & Field Championships for high school students, I volunteered my time as an Assistant Coach for the (Springfield) High School of Commerce Boy's Track Team for well over a decade and I also helped create and coach the (youth) Y-Speed Track Club of the YMCA of Greater Springfield.
I enrolled in the USA Track & Field Level I
coaching course and completed a week-long school and passed the exam in
2005. I successfully sought admission into the first-ever USATF Level
2 Youth Specialization school in Sacramento, CA and completed the course and
exam in August, 2010. I was the USA Track & Field Youth Coach of
the Year for 2011, Northeast Zone. In the fall of 2016 I enrolled in the
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Track
and Field Academy and received the certification of Track and Field Technical
I have attended numerous USATF Podium Education Project coaching clinics throughout the country and coaching seminars at USATF Annual Meetings. As a result of my USA Track & Field training I have had the opportunity to learn the latest in coaching techniques, biomechanics, sports psychology, energy systems, coaching philosophy, physiology and more from the following experts:
- John Smith - Regarded as one
of the world's top sprint and hurdle coaches. Coach of Carmelita Jeter,
Maurice Green, Ato Bolden, John Drummond, Walter Dix, Ryan Bailey
- Jon Drummond - USA 2012 Olympics Relays Coach, Gold Medal Olympian. Coach of Tyson Gay
- Clyde Hart - Director of track and field at Baylor University ('Quarter-Miler U'). Coach of Michael Johnson, Sanya Richards-Ross, Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson
- Dr. Ralph Mann - Head of the Sprint/Hurdle Division for the Elite Athlete Program of USA Track and Field. He is one of the most respected and innovative figures in Sport Biomechanics. 1972 Olympian. Author: The Mechanics of Sprinting and Hurdling.
- Dr. Christine Brooks - Exercise physiologist, recipient of the Smithsonian Laureate Award for innovative use of technology to teach science.
- Dr. Steve Portenga - Director of Sport Psychology for the University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation. He is responsible for providing sport psychology services to all 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams, individual student-athletes, coaches, and division staff.
- Joe Vigil - Legendary distance coach and physiologist. Named National Coach of the Year on 14 different occasions. Coached 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist in the marathon, Deena Drossin Kastor. Designated as a Master Coach by USA Track & Field in 1997.
- Dr. Larry Judge - Throws coach of eight Olympians and two United States record holders. In 2011, he received the USATF's Fred Wilt Award for Coaching Education, which is given annually to an outstanding national leader in the training of coaches and is recognized as the highest honor in coaching education.
- Dr. Dave Shrock - Chosen by USA Track and Field to coach the men’s distance athletes at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
- Dr. Rick McGuire - Nearly 30 seasons at the University of Missouri. McGuire has mentored two Olympic Silver Medalists, four Olympians earning five separate team berths, four World Championship Gold and Silver medalists and three Pan-American Games Gold medalists on the international level.
- Brooks Johnson - US Track & Field Hall of Fame Coach. Coach of David Oliver, David Payne, Evelyn Ashford, Justin Gatlin. U.S. Track and Field Olympic coaching staff in 1976, 1984, 2004, and 2008.
- Dr. Craig Poole - BYU head women's track & field coach. USA Track & Field coaching staff for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
- Amy Deem - Head U.S. women's track coach for the 2012 London Olympics.
After creating a successful Masters Track Club and a successful Youth Track Club, I have now set my sights on creaing a successful Open Track Club so I can coach more elite Track & Field Athletes.