Episode 183: Ryan Banta - Lessons Learned from Track and Field Legends

This episodes guess is Coach and Author Ryan Banta.

Ryan is a successful high school coach at Parkway Central High School, MO, USA. Ryan is a USATF level II coach in the sprints, hurdles, relays, and endurance and also a USTFCCCA track and field technical coaching certification. You can read through Ryans full Bio Below:

Academic Education:

• Enrolled in Master of Education in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in positive coaching at University of Missouri in Columbia Missouri
• Teacher’s Certification from University of Missouri in St. Louis
• Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a minor in history and Asian studies

Athletic Education:
• USATF Level II in endurance, relay, hurdles, and sprint events.
• USTFCCCA Technical Certification
• USATF Emerging Elite Coach in 2012
• ALTIS Apprentice Coach’s Program

Athletic Leadership Positions:
• MTCCCA Executive Committee
• MTCCCA President
• MTCCCA Vice President
• MSHSAA Advisory Board Member
• Clinician Presenter in Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Central California
• Presenter at World Speed Summit and ALTIS Apprentice Coach Program

Coaching Positions:
• Head Girl’s Track & Field Coach Parkway Central High School 2003-
• Head Girl’s Cross Country Coach Parkway Central High School 2013-
• Assistant Girl’s Cross Country Coach Parkway Central High School 2010-12
• Assistant Football Coach Parkway Central High School 2002-2009
• Assistant Coach Ladue Lightning/St. Louis Lightning/Gateway City United 2006-

Outreach and Mentorship:
• Blogger on Elitetrack.com, Speedendurance.com, Just-Fly-Sports.com, Simplifaster.com
• Author of the Sprinter’s Compendium

Athletic Accomplishments:
My athletes have recorded 112 records (Fr, Soph JV, V), 4 top 5 State Championship team finishes 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2017. District Champs 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2016. Conference Champions 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Five District runner-up finishes 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018. Two State Records 4×800 in 2009 and 3200 in 2009, 14 nationally ranked events, 62 All-State performances (Track and XC), 11 runners-up, 10 State Champs, 132 State qualifying events/individuals, 194 State Semifinalists (sectionals), and 207 Top Ten Performances.

On this episode Ryan and I discuss:

  • Ryan's background and influences 
  • I ask Ryan how did he find his experience at ALTIS as a participant and then later as a presenter?
  • What are the good and not so good things that he currently see's with the physical preparation profession, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things that he see's
  • I ask Ryan to discuss the 5 Training Systems that he covered in his Presentation at ALTIS - Here we ony had enough time to discuss the minimalist and adapt or die approaches. We will discuss the remaining 3 systems when Ryan comes part for Part 2!

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Facebook - Ryan Banta

Twitter - @SprintersCompendium

Instagram - ryan.banta


Books Mentioned:

Ryans Book - The Sprinters Compendium


People and Recources Mentioned:

Dan Pfaff

Clyd Hart 

Sean Burris

Gary Winckler

Dylan Hicks

Carl Valle

Gary Taubbs

Chris Korfish

Tony Holler

Mike Hurst

Charlie Francis

Stu McMillan

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