A Teacher Perspective on the Throws

by Mac Wilkins
A Teacher Perspective on the Throws


Human performance is a combination of science and art.  Teaching performance requires knowledge and intuition.
Mac Wilkins delivers both science and art well seasoned with over 40 years of coaching experience to go with his 
athletic experience as an Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist, Four Time World Record Holder, and Eight Time U.S. National Champion.

My passion is sharing my passion for learning about the throws.
"Learning is Growth.
Growth is Life.
No Learning, No Life.
What did You Learn Today?"

Everyday I leave the training site I ask myself, "What did I learn today?"
That answer determines my satisfaction with the day.

Mac's philosophy of teaching is heavily influenced by his collegiate coach at the University of Oregon, Bill Bowerman.
"Question Authority", Always ask, "What is best for the athlete".
Over time, the best athletes gradually takes more responsibility for their development.  The teacher becomes more of a mentor/counselor.

This video sets the foundation for Mac's view on the technique and training keys in the other programs here on CoachTube.
Understand Mac's perspective and it will help you with the technical concepts that follow.


The Coach


Mac Wilkins

Olympic Champion & Former World Record Holder


Mac Wilkins is an American Olympic athlete who was once the best discus and shot put thrower in the world. 

Mac Wilkins the Coach…
In Eight Years from 2006 through 2013 Wilkins coached the throws at Concordia University, in Portland, OR. His throwers won 26 individual National Championships and earned 94 All-American honors. 

In August 2013, Wilkins left Concordia University to coach for the USATF at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California. 

He has contributed as a part time coach or consultant to the following throwers:
•2012- Krishna Poonia, India        #6 London Olympics 
•2010- Krishna Poonia, India        Commonwealth Champion, W-DT 
•2010- Jason Y   USA                 #1 US M-DT, Olympian 
•2009- Dani S, Australia              World Champion W-DT 
•2008- Stephanie T   USA            Olympic Champion W-DT 
•2008  Annie Hess, Concordia U.  Longest US College W-DT at any level in 2008,  
                                                 (3 years from 45m, 147’ to 58.69m, 192') 
•2001- Adam S   USA                 #5 World Championships 
•2000- Adam S   USA                 #5 Sydney Olympics M-DT
*1996 - Adam S   USA                  Finalist Atlanta Olympic Games
*1988 '92 '96     Ramon Jimenez Gaona          Paraguay   Olympian & Pac-10 Champion
*1976 '80          Lynne Winbigler Anderson      USA           Olympian & National Champion
Mac Wilkins the Thrower… 
Olympic Gold Medal 1976
Olympic Silver Medal 1984
Olympic 5th place 1988
Four Times World Record Holder
Eight Times US National Champion in the Discus
Ranked #1 in the World in 1976 and 1980 in the discus.
US National Champion 1977 Indoor Shot Put - 69’ 1.5”, 21.06m
At the University of Oregon he threw the javelin 78.44m, 257' 8" as a 19 year old freshman.  
As a senior he was NCAA Champion and won the first of his eight US titles.  

All Time Life Records...

Discus 70.98m 232' 10"   Shot Put 21.06m 69’ 1.5”   Javelin 78.44m 257' 4"   Hammer 63.88m 208’ 10”.

May 1, 1976, he broke the World’s Record on his first three consecutive attempts at 69.80m, 70.24m, and 70.86m. 

Ratings and Reviews (5)

Carl Naisant

philosophy is the crucial thing! Always the same for the best teachers.

May 30, 15 01:12 AM

Jason Slowey

Great introductory video, looking forward to the other courses.

Feb 22, 16 08:09 AM

Mary Ellen Brown

Clear and helpful.

Jan 4, 18 05:17 AM

Rahul Kumar ojha

Mac sir always gives great thinks to learn

Apr 5, 20 08:56 AM

Josh Tiemann

Great content! Thanks Mac

Feb 28, 21 07:48 PM

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