Dec. 11, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- For the third consecutive year, a Bulldog track and field coach will be representing the Georgia program at the annual U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention.
Petros Kyprianou is scheduled to speak at the convention, which runs from Dec. 17-20 in Orlando, Fla., on the symposium's first day. With more than 25 collegiate coaches from across the country presenting, Kyprianou will be focusing on jumps, specifically "Utilizing Mechanical Advantages in the Weight Room".
"It is a great honor to be speaking at the USTFCCCA Convention," he said. "It is our sport's governing body and it represents more than 1,700 institutions in the U.S., ranging from NAIA to junior college to NCAA Division I. They are expecting to have 1,300 attendees. I'm deeply humbled and excited for the opportunity."
This marks the third year in a row that one of the Georgia coaches has delivered a message at the USTFCCCA Convention. Bulldog men's sprints/hurdles coach Jon Stuart spoke at the 2011 convention and Georgia throws coach Don Babbitt spoke two years ago at the event.
"My presentation will cover a very important aspect of utilizing mechanical advantages in the weight room for jumps performance," Kyprianou said. "It is a blend of two scientific worlds, European and American. Through experience and research, coaches can advance their athletes' performance on the track by focusing on event specific speed-strength exercises. The philosophy behind this model of training is to maximize the mechanical energy produced by each of the athletes' levers as well as injury prevention."
Kyprianou is entering his fifth season with UGA after joining the program as the multi-events/pole vault/jumps coach in 2008. The Limassol, Cyprus, native has coached eight All-Americans and five Southeastern Conference champions during his tenure in Athens.
"I am hoping to share positive ideas with our colleagues," he said. "I want to help our sport in a way that coaches can get feedback from their athletes and make our sport better in terms of advancing human performance the clean and right way."
In 2012, Kyprianou guided true freshman Morgann Leleux to an SEC outdoor title in the pole vault as she topped collegiate record holder and Arkansas senior Tina Sutej for the crown. Leleux went on to earn a pair of runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships (indoor and outdoor) during her first season.
Colleen Felix also won her second straight SEC indoor triple jump title in 2012 and captured a Second Team All-America certificate under the watch of Kyprianou last season. In addition, Kyprianou helped lead Cory Holman to set a school record in the heptathlon (5,873 points) en route to All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships after Holman finished sixth.
Kyprianou's crew established 10 new marks in the Georgia men's and women's indoor and outdoor top-10 lists in 2012, including Holman's heptathlon record and Leleux's outdoor pole vault mark of 14 feet, 6 ¾ inches.
Georgia kicks off its indoor season in Birmingham, Ala., with the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 19, 2013.