Professor of Kinesiology, Associate Chair of the School of Kinesiology, and Coordinator of the Graduate Athletic Coaching Education Program

In August 2013 USA Track and Field (USATF) appointed Larry Judge the national chairman of coaching education through 2016. USATF is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States.  

“Naturally, I’m quite honored to be selected for such a position by my peers,” says Judge. “I’ve worked with USATF in the past and it’s just a great organization.”  

Judge was USATF chair of throwing events from 1999 through 2011.

Judge served as the personal coach for Jeremy Campbell, gold medal discus thrower, at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Just prior to the Games’ closing ceremonies, Campbell presented Judge with the Order of Ikkos, a medal which honors American coaches whose athletes medal at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The medal pays tribute to Ikkos, the first recorded Olympic coach in Ancient Greece and who coached two athletes to gold in the pentathlon.

Dr. Judge with Ikkos MedalJudge with Paralympics gold medalist Jeremy Campbell.

Assistant track and field coach for the Paralympic discus, javelin, and shot put events, Judge also served as personal coach for discus thrower Scott Danberg. At the 2011 International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, Judge tutored both Danberg and Campbell to qualify for the 2012 Games.

A parallel competition to the Olympic Games for athletes with physical disabilities, the Paralympics are typically held immediately following the Olympics.

Judge was named president-elect of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) in 2012.

Coach of eight Olympians and two United States record holders, a lecturer in demand nationwide, and a true master coach, Larry Judge is recognized as the country’s premier coach in the throwing events in track and field. Judge coached Division I schools for 18 years, including stints with the University of South Carolina, the University of Wyoming, Indiana State University, and the University of Florida. He brought all of his track and field teams into the national spotlight and established Florida as the nation’s premier throwing program. In his five years at Florida, Gator throwers collected an astonishing 35 All-American honors, 17 individual SEC titles, six individual NCAA titles and three Olympians. During his coaching career, he coached more than 100 Division I All Americans as well as athletes who competed at the international level.

Past president of the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE), Judge is a USATF (USA Track and Field) master coach, vice president of the Sport Management Council of the Indiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD), and chair of the Council on Facilities and Equipment of the American Association of Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). He is the USATF national chairman for coaching education in the throws. His extensive list of certifications include NCSA (National Strength and Conditioning) strength and conditioning coach, USWF (United States Weightlifting Federation) regional weightlifting coach, ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) fitness instructor, and ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer.

In 2011, he received the USATF's Fred Wilt Award for Coaching Education, which is given annually to an outstanding national leader in the training of coaches and is recognized as the highest honor in coaching education. He was also named Sport Management Professional of the Year by IAHPERD.

Judge has published more than 40 articles and delivered 86 presentations on strength and conditioning, nutrition, and the throwing events. His primary areas of research interests include fair play in sport, facility design, and performance enhancement of athletes.

As a student athlete at Indiana State University, Judge was an NCAA finalist in the shot put. He earned his Ph.D. in education administration at Indiana State.

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