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Coaches Corner

 Coach Isaac:

Coach Isaac attended the main session with the coaches of the top finishers in the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  He heard  Dr. Mann's presentations on the mechanics of sprinting and/or hurdling, along with the highly inquisitive, and sometimes combative, questions and discussions of the HPD coaches. In addition, there were presentations by speakers in the fields of sports medicine, motor learning, and sports psychology; all directly related to sprint and/or hurdle performance.

On the application side, elite coaches Clyde Hart, Amy Deem, Dennis Shaver, Rahn Sheffield, Curtis Frye, and John Smith gave presentations on various aspects of the development of sprint and/or hurdle athletes. The highlight of this effort was a live, on-track demonstration of how to best teach and improve an athlete's sprint and/or hurdle performance. This session included  Dr. Mann's computer video graphics based teaching system, as well as presentations from some of the HPD coaches (Clyde Hart, Curtis Frye, and John Smith).

This was an incredible opportunity that the staff of JumpStart knows is a great investment for YOUR student/athlete!

Coach Bennie Isaac has been involved in athletic training in the various sports disciplines such as football, wresting, volleyball, soccer, track & field, personal fitness, and speed and agility for over 30 years.  He began his coaching career at Dreher High School in 1995 where he served as an assistant coach for 11 years.  He works primarily with sprinters, hurdlers and short and middle distance runners.  During his tenure he received the 2006 SC High School League Assistant Coach of the Year! 

Because of his determination and belief that year round training would produce higher quality athletes, he adds to his credits numerous High School State and Regional Champions, High School All-Americans in both 3A and 4A classifications, as well as National and Jr. Olympic Qualifiers.  He has coached a High School Athlete of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006.  Many of these athletes have gone on to further their academic careers on full athletic scholarships at some of the top 10 Colleges and Universities in the nation.  He is a Speed Consultant for some of SC's top professional agents and a Speed Consultant to professional athletes in preparation for College Day, Pro Day and the NFL Draft.

Coach Isaac's coaching style is unique in that he believes it is important to strengthen the mind as well as the body.  He believes in setting goals in every aspect of life in order to know where you're going.  You must also have a plan to get there.  He requires all athletes to set an athletic and academic goal before training can begin; as he believes they both go hand in hand.  Knowing an athlete has accomplished their goals and feel good about what they have achieved is what truly gives Coach Isaac the greatest joy!

 Coach Brooks:

Coach Daniel Brooks, a native of Elmira, New York, completed high school in Columbia, SC at Dreher High School in 1980.  While in high school, he participated in football, basketball, wrestling, track & field and baseball.  Coach Brooks earned multi-sport honors to include All-Region, All-State and All American status as a high school athlete! 


After graduating, Danny attended Ohio State University on a wrestling scholarship and later earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Benedict College.  Never one to rest, he is currently seeking his Masters in Administration.


Over the past 20 years, Coach Brooks has co-sponsored and spear-headed several summer enrichment programs for youth in and around the inner-city of Columbia.  This includes the US Youth Games, Parks and Recreation, AAU, Columbia Urban League and Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs.  In addition to working within his community, Danny has been named Dreher High School and Richland County School District One Employee of the Year.  He has also earned an impressive 39 Coach of the Year honors including the SC High School Coach League Track & Field Coach of the Year and was a finalist for National Track Coach of the Year.  Coach Brooks now is in his second term as President of the SC Track & Cross Country Coaches Association (SCTCCCA).  Under his guidance at Dreher, teams have earned 4 state titles, 3 state runner-ups and 39 region titles.  Coach Brooks was inducted into the 2009 South Carolina Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall Of Fame.