For Immediate Release
Date: January 23, 2017
Contact: Katie Damron
Simplot Games is a Place of Unity for Coach Corbin Talley
Davis High School looks to shine at Simplot Games 2017
Pocatello, Idaho – While spectators may call it track and field, the name of the game is unity for Corbin Talley, head coach of Davis High School Track and Field.
Talley is no stranger to Simplot Games. He attended the indoor track meet four times as a high school athlete—where he won the 3200 meters and 4×800 relay—and 14 times as a coach.
For Talley, the atmosphere and prestige of Simplot Games keeps him coming back each year.
“I love that there is so much energy on the track and in the stands,” said Talley. “The Simplot Games really feels like a championship meet.”
As a freshman from Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, the level of competition and size of Simplot Games was intimidating, Talley said. But by his junior and senior years, he was hooked.
“I looked forward to Simplot Games because of the competition and excitement,” said Talley. “I loved being in front of such a good crowd.”
Along with determination and discipline, Talley developed a desire for coaching as a high school athlete. According to Talley, watching his own coach’s passion for track and his athletes was inspiring.
He continued his track and field career at Weber State University, where he chose coaching as his profession because of his love for helping people and his love of track.
As a high school coach, Talley encounters young people with little to no prior experience with track and field. Sharing his love for track has become second nature as he teaches athletes the meaning of competition, hard work, and taking ownership of their skill.
Davis High School’s track and field season runs from December to May, including both indoor and outdoor events. Many of Talley’s athletes balance more than one fall sport, including cross-country, football, and volleyball.
“Track and field has a long season that requires a lot of commitment,” said Talley. “It’s not something a typical teenager is good at doing.”
Over the years, this coach has created a coaching philosophy to guide his athletes and Davis’s track program: even though track is an individual sport, he treats it like a team sport as much as possible. Davis athletes learn teamwork and leadership even in their pursuits for personal bests.
The Davis track team has developed a reputation at Simplot Games for their loud cheering. Talley started the tradition of the team cheering on competing teammates to cultivate a sense of unity.
“We try to focus on being good people on my team who look out for their teammates and be good leaders,” said Talley. “It’s about way more than jumping far or running fast.”
It’s the life lessons that Talley emphasizes, along with how fast his athletes can run a mile or how far they put a shot.
For Talley, the most rewarding part of being a coach isn’t about winning championships.
“It’s about having a team that works hard,” he said. “I love the journey, but the most satisfaction comes at the end of a season when we’ve become a unified team.”
More than 2,100 athletes will come from across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to participate in the 39th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the JR. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.
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