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James B., Irving, TX Track & Field Coach

James B.

Track & Field

SILVER

Level 1 certified USTFA, Altis throws course certified,level 1 and 2 John Godina World Throws Center certified, with 20+ years of coaching experience View all coaching experience

This coach is unavailable to take clients at this time.

Training Locations
Training Locations
  1. Cistercian Preparatory School, 3660 Cistercian Rd, Irving, TX

Coach is willing to travel up to 10 miles

  • Hardin-Simmons University (TX)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Teenagers

  • Throws

  • Discus, Shot Put

Credentials

  • Hardin-Simmons University (TX)

  • 20 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Teenagers

  • Throws

  • Discus, Shot Put

More About Coach James

I have coached track and field for 20 years. My experience has included being head track and field coach, sprints and field events. I have been blessed to work with state champions and athletes that have gone on to compete in college. My speciality is the throws. I am a level 1 certified United States track and field coach, level 1&2 throws certifications from John Godina World Throws Center and also completed the level 1 RPR (Reflexive Performance Reset) certification.
2019:
Heinrich Adriaanse - Plano HS: 175'8 DT, 6A-9 district champ
Wyatt Hummel - Jesuit HS: 166'6 DT, 6A-9 2nd place
Dane Vernor - Ennis HS: 161'3 DT, 5A Region 2 champion
Josh Pawlish - McKinney Christian: 156 DT, 51'.5 SP, district champ in both
Kayla Edgett - Henrietta HS: 123'9 DT, 2nd UIL 3A area 07/08
2017 THROWING CLIENTS:
• Austin Breen – Wylie HS: 30 foot improvement (131’7 to 161’7) / 1st place district Discus / Regional qualifier
• McKenna Michels – Highland Park HS: 40 foot improvement (76’11 to 116) / 1st place district Discus / Regional qualifier
• Bowie Tanner – Wolfe City HS / 1st place district in Shot and Discus
• Alyssa Woody – Kennedale Fellowship HS / 1st place district Discus / 2nd place TAPPS 4A State
• Jacob Farmer – Burleson Centennial HS: 14 foot improvement (126’8 to 140) / 2nd place district Discus
• Zach Tucker – Coppell HS: 13 foot improvement during the season / 3rd place in JV district
JUNIOR HIGH:
• Max Morelli – school record in discus / 1st place district
• Aiden Chance – 1st place district Discus
• Santiago Guerra – 2nd place district Discus / Texas Home School State champ Shot and Discus
• Ryan Dvorek – 2nd place district Discus, 3rd place Shot
ALL TIME SCHOOL RECORDS:
• Chase McCoy – John Paul II HS – Discus
• Ryan Steinkirchner – John Paul II HS – Shot Put
• Dominique Wermine – John Paul II HS – shot put
• Michael Todouze – San Antonio East Central – discus
• Eric Martin – JH, St Marks – discus and shot
• Alyssa Woody – Kennedale Fellowship – Discus
• Max Morelli – JH, Grapevine – Discus
• Jacob Farmer – Burleson Centennial – Discus
• Austin Breen – Wylie HS – Discus
• Dare Odeyingbo – Cistercian – Discus
• Ben Bajema – McKinney Christian – TAPPS State Champ - Discus
• Bowie Tanner – Wolfe City – Shot Put
Josh Pawlish - McKinney Christian - Shot Put

I competed in football, powerlifting and track and field in high school and then went on to play college football at Abilene Christian University and Hardin Simmons University.

I only work with discus and shot put throwers. I teach the proper technique and enjoy working with all levels of experience and ability. During sessions I will utilize coaches eye video and help you reach your maximum potential. I also am available to coach online using video for those that don't live in the area.

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Coach James was great with helping my kid improve her technique. From recent workouts she's exceeding her prior PR

Great sessions. Excellent and thoroughly.
Thank you we really appreciate all you input.

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He was very patient and understanding with my daughter's first attempt at the shotput. Even with her horrible attitude, he made her experience worthwhile! 😊

Extremely knowledgeable a bit rambling.

Coach James is a super knowledgeable throws coach. My daughter learned so much in just two sessions. Coach James is great at breaking down the complex moves into simpler segments, so the athlete is able to understand how each part helps achieve the best throw!

Great great coach!! Really knowledgeable about what he’s doing. He works with your skill set. My daughter improved her PB 3 feet after one session the very next day at her meet!! I filmed her and he gave her more pointers. I highly recommend him!!

Great coach! Very patient and provided a lot of information. My daughters learned a lot on their first session with him. We will definitely use him again.

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Excellent throws coach.

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Very knowledgeable and provides feedback.

We decided to use Coach James for one session before my son's district track meet. Not only did his confidence improve, but he was taught the fundamentals that made sense to him so that he can improve his distance/accuracy. He threw better in the following district meet than he ever has before. We will definitely be using Coach James again. Thanks for your help!!

Coach James was awesome at teaching Kinsley the correct form and movement when throwing the shot and discus. He gave her reasonings and explanations for every movement that needs to happen to throw longer distances.

I really like the way Coach breaks every step down for my daughter and he has the patience to work with her as she puts each step together. He keeps things light and fun but still make the workouts effective and efficient.
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Coach James was excellent. He broke down a lot of information in a short period of time, and my son came away with a much better understanding of throwing mechanics. We will certainly be booking more sessions with coach James.

Coach James was "awesome" according to my kids and what i witnessed. He was so detailed and patient with his instructions....the kids were totally impressed the instruction...They received so much more instruction in their first session with Coach James than they received all of last year

Coach James is an awesome coach. Discus can seem like a complicated motion but coach James is a master at his craft and can quickly explain what they need to do. After just one session my daughter feels like she finally has the tools to improve. He provided a customized the session, videos and drills to work on. I highly recommend him.

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James Burk is a coach who is well versed in discus training. His ability to deconstruct my sons technique, analyze it, and reconstruct it was/is impressive. In addition, Coach Burk was able to effectively convey his technique analysis to my son in a way that was easy for my son, and me for that matter, to understand. I saw improvement in my sons technique by the end of the first practice. Coach Burk also provides his trainees with solid fundamental training tips, including drills to work on between throws.

I signed up for more lessons with Coach Burk as soon as I arrived home after the first training.

Thank you
Bob Berry

Really spectacular coach. You can tell he is highly skilled in shotput and discus. He took time with my son’s technique as well as customized the session to his level of ability. One session in and already seeing improvement. Highly recommend this coach.

Coach James was fantastic. He customised our training session based on our requests and the need to improve my sons football skills. Our training session was great, combining technical skills as well as demonstrations of exercises and training for him to do to improve his playing. My son walked away excited and with more confidence in his abilities. He felt immediately that what he learned was going to translate to better performance of the field. He cannot wait for his next training session with Coach James.

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My 9th grade son has really enjoyed the training sessions so far with Coach James. He is already improving his technique. I plan to sign up for more sessions.

Coach James is an awesome coach. He is so incredibly personable and you can really tell that he wants the best for every athlete he comes in contact with. It is obvious he knows a lot about what he is talking about and is able to explain and train me in the best way possible for my current athletic needs. I know that the more I work with him, the better I will be.

Coach James thoroughly understands the mechanics of the shot and the disc, and is able to explain them quickly and effectively. I learned a lot in the brief time I had with him, and I'm sure it will reflect on my season later this year. Definitely consider Coach James if you're looking for a better understanding of the sport.

Coach james is very knowledgeable and uses easy to understand terminology. Saw immediate improvement in my son's discus throws.

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Great technical knowledge and practical coaching advise.

Coach James was awesome! We did the online video for the discus and the shot put. He told my granddaughter exactly what she was doing wrong and how to correct it. It was so neat! He used a pen to draw on the video to help us to understand the correct techniques while talking and explaining everything. Wish we knew about this and Coach James a lot sooner!!!! I definitely recommend Coach James!!

Coach James is great!! I had obvious improvement after each lesson. I am going to continue training with Coach James during my off-season. He really made a difference in my performance.

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Coach Burk received raving reviews from my daughter and her Nana after only 2 days of practice. Mikayla is 19 and has been throwing shot and disc since 6th grade. She learned so much in these sessions that we wish she would have learned years ago. Now she's learning the tools to break previously learned bad habits. She's now excited about the upcoming outdoor season. Thank you Coach Burk. We hope to see you more this summer!!
Coach Burk is Professional, knowledgeable, & knows how to break it down step by step!!
We would recommend him to others!

Coach James does a great job with my 13-year old daughter. He brought her from knowing nothing about discus or shot put to being the best thrower at her middle school in just a few lessons. I'm sure he is equally as effective with older more experienced athletes.

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In one lesson Coach James not only helped our son throw farther but also boosted his confidence!! We are very grateful for Coach James and our son is looking forward to his next few lessons with him. We definitely recommend Coach James!

This guy really knows his stuff and can explain it to his athletes. My son is all fired up about throwing this year because he feels like he is really learning technique. Coach Burk is very responsive and easy to work with.

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Coach James was great. My son really enjoyed his coaching and already asked for a second lesson. He said he learned more in one session than all the other time he has tried Shotput.

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I was very impressed with Coach James. My daughter learned so much in her first lesson. She can't wait for her next one.

Coach James took the time to show the right technique, step by step, in throwing discus for our 8th grader. This is a new sport for her and after just one session, she's feeling more confident. She really enjoyed today's lesson and looks toward to her next. We wholeheartedly recommend Coach James! He a great coach and very knowledgable.

Has been awesome with my 14 year old son. We will not only use him for discus throwing but also with football lineman work. My son looks forward to each session

Coach James was great. He was very easy to talk to and understand what the athlete needed to do in detail. Looking forward to out next session.

Great first session. Coach James breaks down the throw step by step and leverages video to assist the athlete. Looking forward to more sessions with Coach James.

My 12 year old daughter is starting from scratch. Coach James did a great job taking it one step at a time, teaching her the fundamentals and proper technique. He was very encouraging, yet managed to point out what she needed to improve with each iteration. I would definitely recommend him and will continue to book lessons with him.

Very happy with Coach Burk, my son always looks forward to the training sessions.

Great coach!!!! Extremely informational and knows what he is doing!

Great first session! My son is looking forward to continuing.

In just one session with Coach James we saw a HUGE improvement in how our son is able to throw the discus. We will be booking more sessions right away.

I would recommend Coach Burk to anyone. My son has taken lessons for baseball for 6 yrs. During that time I have yet to have a coach that can break down an activity and explain the why and why nots as good as he can. My son understood from the beginning of the lesson how each step in the discus throw was to be done properly and how and why if done right the discuss would travel further.

Coach James is the type of coach I have been looking for, to get individual lineman specific help for my 14 year old son. I plan to continue the sessions through out the off season.
Tom O.

Gold Star #1 - Coach was on time and dressed like a Coach.
Gold Star #2 - There was no exchange of pleasantries - we went immediately to the whiteboard to map out a strategy.
Gold Star #3 – Coach taught me the system and exercised with me. In 60 minutes he did more for me than anyone I have worked with in my 30 years of exercise and gym experience.
Gold Star #4 - Coach is a knowledgeable professional, focused and hands on. I was looking for a man who walks the walk (no chicken legs on Coach), could supply a common sense plan, motivate me by example, keep me accountable and of course, get the pain out. He proved himself in record time. I am still having difficulty walking.
Gold Star #5 - Coach does not have a Juice bar, sell Paleo snacks, push supplements, and in my case, did not recommend any aerobics, power walking, Pilates, etc. I feel that if being wrapped into a pretzel shape was needed for me to progress in my training; he would certainly do that for me. Thanks Coach Up. Thanks Coach James.

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Coach Burk provided excellent coaching to my son, Jack. He broke thing down for my son, was very positive and patient with him. My son felt very comfortable learning from and enjoyed working the drills that Coach Burk provided. Highly recommend Coach Burk and will have my son continue to work with him, whenever possible.

Coach James was a great communicator and a joy to be coached by. He helped me fix the fundamentals of my discus and shot put technique in only a hand full of lessons. His coaching was vital to me winning a state championship in discus. I strongly recomend him to anyone who wants to get better at any level!

Coach James is a great coach. He took the time to ensure that my son's fundamentals are correct and sent us an instructional video of my son with slow motion instructions with Coach James' voiceover that my son watched over and over again to ensure that his form is correct. Coach James is also very postive and encouraging. We highly recommend him.

We are extremely pleased with the coaching our son has received in his first two sessions with Coach James. Our son feels that he has learned more practical skills in two sessions with Coach James than he had in two seasons of football practices. The personal attention from such a gifted coach really makes a difference. We have already signed up for several more sessions, and intend to maintain a long-term relationship with Coach James. We recommend Coach James whole-heartedly for players of any skill level.

Coach James is a professional and very detailed in his training. He has taken some of his own time to check in and see how his student is doing and even stayed to coach my daughter through her first meet. He really values her success and gets just as excited about my girl's success as his normal day to day students. That is someone who really cares. We will be coming back for more sessions! I appreciate everything he has done and being there to make sure my daughter is the best she can be!!

Coach Burk is a true professional. He understands how to coach young lineman and instructs then on the fundamentals of blocking. We have only gone to one session but we are signing up for many more.

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