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


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 21 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 school 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.

Spent 9 years as a shot put and discus official for the IHSA (Illinois High School Association) state championship track meets, held at Eastern Illinois University:  9 years as an official for the boys' meet, 8 years for the girls' meet.


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