Friday May 24 2013
The success of any athlete will depend upon three major factors. These
are: 1) The inherent abilities and attitudes brought to the training environment,
2) the quality of that environment in the total sense of supporting the athlete's development, and
3) possibly the most significant aspect of that environment: coaching.
Larry Steinke - Head Coach
Larry is truly a graduate of track and field. He has been coached by some of the best, and has learned from many of the top coaches and instructors in the world. He was coached by George Gemer throughout his University career where he was a successful multi-event athlete. He was an accomplished hurdler and long/triple jumper while attending University and later went on to become a multiple national team member and national champion in javelin.
He was an Athletics Alberta Outstanding Athlete of the Year and was nominated for this award three other times. He has won more than 25 provincial championships in Shot Put and javelin and continues to compete on a regular basis as a masters athlete and owns the Canadian record in javelin. As a student of his event, and throwing in general, Larry takes advantage of every opportunity to learn. He has worked with or shared ideas and questions with many of the best athletes and coaches in the world. He has won the Athletics Alberta High Performance Coach of the year two years in a row and was recognized as an Alberta outstanding coach by the Alberta Sport Wildlife and Recreation Foundation in their annual recognition awards.
Since 1998 Larry's athletes have accounted for 21 athletes being named to nationals teams and his athletes have won more than 200 provincial medals and numerous provinicial team appointments. They have also accounted for numerous international, national and provincials records. As head coach of the University of Lethbridge since 1999/2000 his athletes have won 29 CWUAA Championships medals, 21 CIS medals, and 18 athletes have been named All-Canadians. He also led the Pronghorns to a CIS national bronze medal as a team in 2004.
Larry not only works with the clubs outstanding athletes, but also gives clinics and conducts camps Provincially as well as Nationally. He has also been a National team coach as well as provincial team coach. He is a member of the Athletics Alberta Program Committee from 1990 - present, and was president of his former club Southwind Atletika. He is presently also the head coach for the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge. He chairs the Southern Alberta Athletic Council (SAAC) and is a Canadian National Event Leader for the throws.
A logical extension of Larry's coaching is his interest in, and extensive knowledge of, Strength and Power development. He is involved with programs in Southern Alberta that are designed to develop the speed and power of athletes in all sports. He runs speed and power sessions for athletes in other sports and has worked extensively with the Athlete Testing Centre (ATC) at the University of Lethbridge. He has worked with Strongman competitors, Highland Games athletes, All-Strength Challenge athletes, as well as Football, Basketball, and Volleyball Players .
Well respected by athletes and coaches, he brings to life the saying, "practice what you preach" by taking part in many of the workouts he assigns. He is "Dedicated to Putting Distance Between Canadian Athletes and Their Implements". His motto: "There is no failure but in ceasing to try".