2017 Coaching School Track and Field Lecturesby Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA)
Steve Silvey | Mississippi State
A veteran at the national and international level for over 30 years, Steve Silvey has coached 28 collegiate national champion squads, numerous All-Americans, 17 Olympic Medalists and 20 World Championships Medalists at several of the nation’s most prestigious programs. Silvey, who wasinducted as a coach into the National Junior College Hall of Fame (2005) has a unique quality of having won 19 team championships in the SEC, Big-12 and PAC-10 conferences. Individually, his resume boasts 26 World Championship competitors, 34 Olympians and numerous NJCAA & NCAA All-Americans. At the international level, Coach Silvey served as the Zambia Olympic Coach for Track and Field in the 1992 and 1996 Olympiads, and produced its first ever Olympic medal in the sport of track and field with Samuel Matete in the 400 hurdles (silver medal). Silvey also served as the head coach for Zambia at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany as Samuel Matete again won the World Championship Silver Medal.
Leroy Burrell | University of Houston
Leroy Burrell enters his 19th season as head coach at the University of Houston. A former world record holder in the 100 meter dash and a former student-athlete, Burrell is one ofthe nation’s premier coaches. In nearly two decades of Burrell’s leadership, Houston has added 69NCAAAll-Americans and a combined 32 team conference championships to the record books. He was named C-USA Coach of the Year 23 times and earned American Athletic Conference Indoor Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2015. In recognition of his outstanding career as a world-classsprinter and collegiate coach, Burrell wasinducted into the Philadelphia SportsHall of Fame in 2008. During the 2016-17 season, Burrell led the Cougar men to a sweep of the indoor and outdoor American Athletic Conference Championships, marking the seventh time he has accomplished that feat. The Men would go on to finish 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the highest finish since 1985.
The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) is the principle advocate and leadership organization for Texas high school coaches. THSCA provides the highest quality representation, education, and services to Texas high school coaches and affiliate members, and enhances the professionalism of coaches and the schools they represent. Our mission statement is simply this: To help and serve our Texas high school coaches as they work to help and serve our student athletes. "HELPING COACHES TO HELP KIDS."