Assistant Coach Brian Forrester begins his third season as the throwing events coach at The University of Akron. Coach Forrester uses an intensely enthusiastic and comprehensive approach to developing the athletes under his tutelage.
Coach Forrester has established the Akron Throws program as a power in the Mid-American Conference. The Zips Throws program was #1 @ the Indoor Mid-American Conference meet. Highlights from the 2003 season include: MAC Champion/USATF and NCAA prov. qualifier in the 35# weight, MAC runner-up in the 35# weight, MAC runner-up in the men's shot, and a new school record in the women's 20# weight. Three Zips qualified for the inaugural NCAA Mid-East Championship in the throws. 2002 Highlights included: the MAC Indoor Women's Shot-Put Champion, a USATF Indoor/NCAA provisional qualifier, and new school records in the men's and women's weight throw, the men's indoor shot and men's hammer.
Prior to coming to Akron, Forrester spent the 2001 season as the throwing events coach at Wittenberg University. While at Wittenberg the throwers under his tutelage established new school records in the men's and women's weight throw, men's and women's javelin, and men's hammer. He coached several NCAC Champions and three freshman throwers to NCAA provisional qualifying marks and two of those throwers also qualified for USATF Junior Nationals. In 2000, Forrester worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Kent State University under the guidance of Kent Pagel.
Coach Forrester is a USATF Level II throws coach, a USA Weight lifting Club Coach and a Jump-Stretch Instructor. He is a member and contributing author of the Long and Strong Throwers Club/Journal. He is a Big Throws Instructor and has coached at throwing camps throughout Western Pennsylvania and Ohio.
A 1999 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in Sport Management, Forrester was an All-Conference performer in he shot, as well as being the SRU 1996 and 1997 Indoor Athlete of the Year. He is currently working toward a Master's degree in Sport Science Coaching at The University of Akron.