Shot putting at Addison Trail H.S., April, 1990

Willowbrook H.S. team photo, March, 1990

Impact Throwing Academy:  The Coach


With my Sandburg girls, having some fun with their coach....

At John Powell's and Brian Oldfield's throws camp, Granville, OH, July, 1998

Coach Jeff Kajtsa

Qualifications:

Involved in shot put and discus since 1986

Competed in track and field for 1 year in junior high school, 4 years in high school, 2 years in college (including javelin), and occasionally in open/masters competitions. 

Willowbrook High School's team tri-captain, 1990

Has been a high school shot put and discus coach for 20 years: at Willowbrook H.S. in Villa Park, Riverside-Brookfield H.S., Montini Catholic H.S. in Lombard, and Carl Sandburg H.S. in Orland Park

Has coached two junior high state qualifiers, six high school state qualifiers, including five receiving All-State honors, and one state champion.  Five athletes are their school's record holders in shot put or discus.  Has also coached numerous high school conference champions.

Currently a shot put and discus official for the IHSA (Illinois High School Association) state championship track meets, held at Eastern Illinois University:  7 years as an official for the boys' meet, 6 years for the girls' meet.

Certifications:

ACEP certification (American Coaching Effectiveness Program, now American Sport Education Program), May 1992

USATF Level 1 certification, January 1999

USATF Level 2 certification in throwing events, July 2015

Throwing javelin for College of DuPage, April, 1992