Coaching the Horizontal is an online educational program dedicated to the Long and Triple Jump, representing the third course in the ALTIS Track & Field Education Series.

Featuring 12 modules written by esteemed Coach and Educator – Boo Schexnayder – this digital course is packed with coaching insights, tips, tools, and progressions crafted to build topic-specific understanding, develop targeted coaching skill sets, and accelerate your development.

Foreword by Coach Schexnayder

Our aim in this course is not to disseminate opinion and conjecture, but to provide a balanced, experiencebased and evidencesupported overview of the events. This view will be founded on biomechanical truths, as well as lessons learned from over 40 years coaching a number of world-class sprinters, interaction with coaches from around the globe, and observation of trends – both past and present.

From this grounding, we will provide you with explanations for the reasons behind technical nuances, and separate ‘style’ from non-negotiable technical truths.

Coaching sprinters effectively isn’t born from imitation of the latest and greatest, it comes from a deep understanding of cause and effect, and the application of biomechanical principles. It is our hope that on completion you will have gained this understanding, and be confident with the application of concepts learned within your own environment.

Please note, that due to the inclusion of non-negotiable fundamental principles, some of the concepts explained within have been discussed in the Foundation Course and ALTIS Essentials, however, they will be significantly expanded upon within this course.

Video here of Coach Schexnayder

Course Creators


The Lead Author of this course is Boo Schexnayder. Coach Irving “Boo” Schexnayder is regarded internationally as one of the leading authorities in training design. He, as co-founder of SAC, brings 37 years of experience in the coaching and consulting fields to the organization.

Most noted for his 12 years as a member of the Track and Field coaching staff at LSU. Schexnayder, who coached collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette and Blinn Junior College prior to arriving at LSU, placed quite an imprint on the collegiate track and field scene. Regarded as one of the world’s premier field event coaches, he was the mastermind behind 19 NCAA Champions during his collegiate coaching career. He was a part of 12 NCAA Championship teams and a pair of Juco National titles, as well as developing a host of conference champions and All-Americans.

Schexnayder has also been a prominent figure on the international scene, having coached triple jumper Walter Davis to multiple World Championships, and long jumper John Moffitt to a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He also tutored former US Long Jump Champ Brian Johnson, Miguel Pate, ranked 6th in the world in 2008, and US Indoor Champ Jeremy Hicks. He has coached 10 Olympians, and has served on coaching staffs for Team USA to the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, and was the Jumps Coach for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

As impressive as Schexnayder’s accomplishments are on the track, he has been just as successful off the track. He is certified at Level I, II and III, and owns the prestigious Master Coach Designation from USA Track and Field. He has formerly served as national chair of USATF’s Coaching Education Committee, Jumps Subcommittee chair, and chair of the Biomechanics subcommittee.

Schexnayder was the founder of the Track and Field Academy, the educational branch of the US Track and Field and Cross Country Association. He served as program director from its inception in 2009 through 2017, and still serves as an instructor in biomechanics, training design, and event specific courses.

Schexnayder also served a short stint as Director of Sports Performance for Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, offering consulting services to regional schools and sports agencies and coordinating Performance programs for the Thibodaux Regional Wellness Center.

An educator by profession and a mentor of hundreds of coaches, he has been very active in curriculum development for Coaching Education programs, and has lectured nationally and internationally on speed/power training programs, biomechanics, track and field specific training and rehabilitation. He has authored several publications covering these topics.

He has also been very active in the consulting field, working in NFL player development and combine prep from 2002 to the present, and consulting for individuals, high school programs, collegiate programs, professional sports teams, and several foreign NGBs in the areas of training design, jump improvement, speed training, rehabilitations, and specialized programs for football, basketball, soccer, golf, and volleyball.

Prior to his collegiate and international career, Schexnayder was a successful mathematics teacher and prep coach at St. James High School for 11 years, coaching football, track and field, and cross country.

The Vacherie, La., native was class valedictorian at St. James High in 1979, and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Nicholls State University. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in physical education in 1983 and later added a master’s degree in administration and supervision in 1988, again earning cum laude honors.

Coach Irving “Boo” Schexnayder.


Coach Dan Pfaff


Greg Rutherford – 2012 Olympic Champion (Long Jump)

Kareem Street-Thompson

Course Aims

Coaching the Horizontal Jumps aims to:

  • Provide a comprehensive exploration of the factors that influence success in the short sprints.
  • Provide progressions and coaching strategies to safely and successfully develop beginner athletes into successful sprinters.

Target Audience

  • Beginner Coaches seeking to gain an understanding of the event from one of the world’s best coaches.
  • Developing Coaches looking to expand their knowledge base and challenge their understanding.
  • Emerging-elite Coaches seeking to grow their perspectives, continue their development, and challenge their philosophies.

Join Coach Schexnayder as he shares more on who this course is for in the video below:

Course Content

Coaching the Horizontal Jumps is made up of 12 modules, and is fully digital – designed to be taken online only. Featuring a wealth of content to ignite your coaching, including videos and 24 learning hours of content, this course is made up of 12 modules features the following content:

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
Module 6
Module 7
Module 8
Module 9
Module 10
Module 11

Each module contains

  • Learning Objectives
  • Detailed explanations and discussions
  • Videos
  • Graphics
  • A summary
  • Key Terms
  • Further learning resources
  • A learning check

Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course coaches will be able to:

• Understand and apply the biomechanics of the Horizontal Jumps to their coaching practice

• Understand the technical model for the Long and Triple Jump, and associated Key Performance Indicators

• Safely and effectively apply progressions to coach beginners to progress to development level and beyond

• Understand the basics of effective programming for the the Long and Triple Jump

• Understand how to best prepare an athlete for competition

• Error detect and correct

• Build athlete competency using appropriate cues and teaching activities

Course Professional Outcomes

On successful completion of all modules and their associated learning checks, Coaches will receive a personalized certificate confirming ALTIS Graduate Status for Coaching the Horizontal Jumps.

External CEU Credits / Accreditation

There are no CEU credits or external accreditations currently associated with this course.


This course can be purchased for an affordable one-off payment of $149.


Can I download the course content?

No – the content is only available online. However, some of the further learning resources can be downloaded. You also have lifelong access to this course, so can refer back to it at any time.

Is there a set start and finish date?

No – you can start and finish at your leisure, and course access has no time limit.

Who is this course for?

This course has been written for Coaches working with athletes competing in the Long and Triple Jump. However, the content within will also be of great benefit to coaches of any sport requiring their athletes to excel in jumping. This includes Multi-Event Coaches, and Coaches of other Track & Field disciplines.

What level is the content pitched at?

The content is appropriate for:

  • Beginner Coaches seeking to gain an understanding of the event from one of the world’s best coaches.
  • Developing Coaches looking to expand their knowledge base and challenge their understanding.
  • Emerging-elite coaches seeking to grow their perspectives, continue their development, and challenge their philosophies.

What do I get for my money?

  • 12 modules of bespoke content, written by one of the most experienced Coaches in Track & Field – Coach Boo Schexnayder.
  • Over x ALTIS videos.
  • Further learning materials and resources.
  • Access to the ALTIS Agora Council on Facebook – our online portal for interacting with ALTIS coaches and networking with our course members globally.
  • Complimentary access to a Thorne Research Professional Wholesale Account – giving you immediate access to approximately 50% discount on all Thorne supplements.

What’s next after I finish the Course?

  • There are a range of options on the ALTIS Education Pathway, including both in person and digital learning. To see the range of courses and resources on offer, check out the graphic below, or our course information page here.
The ALTIS Education Pathway