2019 JBTC Speakers and Event Coaches

Chris Basich - Glide Shot Specialist, and All Event Generalist 

  • 1999 Div. 1 State SP Champion - 59-6 ¾ 
  • 9-Time Div. 3 All-American - SP (8), DT (1)
  • Collegiate SP PR of 56-10 ¾
  • Collegiate DT PR of 171-2
  • 3 years coaching throws at University of Mount Union and Marietta College
  • 9 years coaching throws at Riverside High School
  • 5 years as head cross country coach at Riverside High School
  • College and Career Readiness Coordinator - Riverside High School
  • Adjunct Professor at Youngstown State University - Teacher Leadership and Qualitative Inquiry
  • BA - University of Mount Union (Psychology and Education)
  • MA - Marietta College (Education)
  • Ed.D. - Youngstown State University (Educational Leadership)

Crystal Johnson - Weight/Hammer Specialist

Former Canadian National Record Holder, and Canadian National Champion in the hammer throw. She represented Team Canada six times on the world stage and has coached young athletes for over 20 years. An avid learner, she worked with four-time Olympian, Jud Logan, for five years post-collegiately, and then trained with world-renowned coach, Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk, for seven years. She has a Master’s degree in Education, and a bachelor degree in Exercise Science. After years as a kinesiologist, specializing in exercise rehabilitation with traumatically injured clients, she is now an entrepreneur where she focuses on helping individuals across the spectrum of nutrition, movement, community, and spirituality. She shares life experiences, self-discovery, and parenting her two magical children with her partner-in-crime, husband, two-time Olympian, and American Hammer throw legend: Kibwe Johnson, on her blog at www.whatwouldcavewomando.com

Dane Miller - Discus and Glide Shot Specialist

Founder and owner of Garage Strength and Earth Fed Muscle (co-owner) and 5th year event coach and speaker at BIG THROWS Clinic. Pennsylvania State Champion in Shot Put and BA from Penn State. Dane has experienced throws training as a professional athlete and coach. He attended the 2016 Olympic games as a coach and has helped many athletes meet their throwing and lifting goals with his passionate approach to coaching. 

Justin Rodhe - Rotational Shot Specialist

  • 5-Time Div. 3 All American - SP(2x + 2007 National Champion) PR of 59-3, DT (3) PR of 179-3
  • 7 years professional Shot Put training with A.Bondarchuk PR of 69-10
  • 2012 Olympian and 2014 Commonwealth Games for Canada
  • Ranked 10th in world in 2012, 6th in world in 2013
  • Coached 2016 Olympian Taryn Suttie SP 58-7
  • Coached 2x State Champion Dominic Perry SP 62-11
  • Inventor of the Shot Put Glove
  • Established Rodhe Sport in 2010
  • BA - University of Mount Union (Writing/Adolescent Education) 2007