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Who We Are

By kendrique coats | August 11, 2019

Who We Are “Where Speed Development Begins” Coats Performance is the premier speed training service for Bloomington- Normal, Illinois.  We primarily service track and field athletes, but also work with other athletes involved in other sports.   When it comes to speed development, Coats Performance believes speed is often an area underdeveloped for many athletes. …

5 tips on becoming a better coach (continued)

By kendrique coats | June 14, 2018

5 Tips on becoming a better coach (continued) In the last blog post, I mentioned how the 5 tips on becoming a better coach are endless.  The tips of my fingers and mind wanted me to continue! Here are tips 6-10 to go along with the last post Click here to read.  For most, this list…

5 tips on Becoming a Better Coach

By kendrique coats | May 6, 2018

 5 Tips on Becoming a Better Coach Coaching is fun, stressful, and extremely rewarding if you’re in it for the right reasons. I often find myself critiquing my coaching style and approach daily. If you’ve been around me or have talked coaching with me you will find that this is not something I take lightly.…

Why I stopped yelling and started coaching

By kendrique coats | April 22, 2018

  Why I stopped yelling and started coaching In today’s world you can walk the streets of a major city and ask people what their definition of a coach is. Chances are you will get answers ranging from “someone who coaches a team” to “ someone who teaches athletes how to play their sport.” These…

The Eye Holds No Vision

By kendrique coats | September 27, 2017

                                                 “The eye holds no vision” —By: Coach Sean Light As I write this article, I’m sitting in a Starbucks on East 84th Street in Manhattan. A taxi cab is stopped outside the…

Early Sports Specialization

By kendrique coats | August 25, 2017

Early Sports Specialization   Early sports specialization seems to be the moneymaker these days, and why not? As numbers increase in youth development and travel leagues, surely someone has to take advantage of the naivety of many parents of athletes at this age group that think early specialization is “a must.”  Forking over hundreds of…

Ten Sprint Facts I Wish Everyone Understood

By kendrique coats | July 6, 2017

Ten Sprint Facts I Wish Everyone Understood By: Tony Holler I consider myself a coach, a veteran of 36 years of coaching football, basketball, and track. Stuart McMillan recently tweeted, “A good coach knows a lot about a little and a little about a lot.” I know a lot about sprinting.   I was tempted…

Blue Light; Sleep, Cancer, and Sports Performance

By kendrique coats | July 6, 2017

Blue Light; Sleep, Cancer, and Sport Performance   Sleep: there aren’t enough hours in the day for this insignificant phenomenon that many bypass to get one last job done before the end of the day.  Some claim that sleep isn’t necessary for success, but do we have it wrong?  Are we missing out on opportunities…

Issues with Youth Athletics

By kendrique coats | July 6, 2017

Issues within Youth Athletics   “Jimmy get ready, we have four games to play this afternoon!” “But dad, I just….” “What did I say,  Jimmy?!  The team needs you. I need you. How bad do you think it would look if your own dad is coaching the team and you are home racing bikes with…

A Different Perspective On Retirement

By kendrique coats | July 6, 2017

Many people ponder the idea of retirement as something that will bring them more joy than ever before! More time for activities, personal time, and a time to enjoy things that have been forgotten. Sounds like it’s the life, right? Phyllis had all those intention as well as getting her body/muscle working like before, but…