The Quarter Horses Track Club started out of a need. A need for good and proper development of athletes. You see, prior to being a coach I was a parent and after coaching on various teams throughout Georgia I realized that much of the training that was taking place on the teams I had been coaching on wasn’t producing the results I was expecting. Also, in addition to being a parent and coach I am also a man of science and the “geek” in me made me start researching the best way to develop runners. After months of research I came to the conclusion that what we were doing was wrong. Not only was it wrong and not producing the desired results but it was also ineffective and a waste of time. The coaching methodology we were using was antiquated and needed to be revised and reevaluated based on modern science. We were using the "ol skool" training model of "this is the way they coached us in our day" which was fallable and didn't factor in changes and new findings in science and technology. Unfortunately, the problem with gaining new knowledge is it forces change and change can be hard especially for teams that were already established and satisfied with the status quo and being an assistant coach made it difficult to effect change. After some prayer, some convincing from potential parent and athletes the Quarter Horses Track Club was conceived. When I started the club I vowed never to become satisified with the status quo. I wanted the Quarter Horses Track Club to be on the cutting edge of youth training and always pushing the enevlope when it comes to development.
October of 2008 the Quarter Horses TC went live. We went live with 14 athletes and our home track was Henry County High School in McDonough GA. We actually went live with no name, we started practice being the “team out of Henry County”. Although we went live with no name we did have a purpose. Our purpose was simple, succeed and we defined succeeding simply by winning and if you didn’t win you should have executed the event properly. The formula to accomplish that goal was also simple, train harder and smarter than our competition. Clyde Hart said speed is synonymous with strength so if you want to get an athlete faster get them stronger and this made perfect sense with everything I had learned. I also learned from coaching on other teams that big wasn’t better so I made sure we were small because that allowed us to be fluid, dynamic and adjust quickly when we learn better ways to train. I also learn(the hard way) that relays were icing on the cake and not the cake. If not handled properly relays could cause dissention on the team. So here we are, 14 athletes, only one coach with experience, no money, no donations and no name so how did we get the program off the ground. Creativity and innovation. Have you ever seen hurdles made out of PVC pipe, not pretty. Or how about sleds made from milk carts, also not pretty. Our weights were cinder blocks. We learned very quickly that cute had no relation to effective because although our equipment was caveman-ish the performance on the track was anything but. Eventually we did acquire some "tradtional" training equipment but even with that equipment we still had to get creative. Now you are probably thinking new club, no money, small team, inexperience coaches we would get killed our first year? Think again, we were very successful our first year. Of 14 athletes we qualified 10 for the junior olympics in competitive events. Although we didn’t have all the necessary tools for the trade we had a big chip on our shoulder and some very dedicated coaches
Since 2008 the Quarter Horses Track Club has been able to maintain success year after year and season after season. We have also became the standard by which all track clubs are measured and have become a household name on the track circuit. Our success on the track is due to us following these simple principles
- 1) train harder than the competition
- 2) train smarter than the competition
- 3) embrace innovation, technology and science in training