By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Bruin throwers just got a little better this week.
Not because of hours of extra practice, but because of a little expertise.
Members of the Brookings-Harbor High School track team spent two days this week learning from a nationally certified throwing coach.
Gary Kosikowski, also known as "Coach K," put on a free clinic for the throwers, teaching the mechanics of throwing the shot put, discus and javelin.
"He's showing them techniques that I haven't learned yet," said throwing coach Terry Axel. "This is as good for me as it is for them."
Axel is the cross country and distance coach, but has had to learn how to be a throwing coach.
"I call myself a sorry throwing coach," said Axel. "I was learning right along with Inger (Appanaitis) when she was a freshman."
Kosikowski is teaching the coaches how to coach just as much as he is teaching the kids how to throw.
"We try to make it as difficult as we can for the coaches so they can make it easier for the kids," said Kosikowski.
The Bruin throwers, along with a few members of the Gold Beach and Del Norte track team, followed the teachings of Kosikowski in drills dealing with balance, coordination, power and overall technique.
"He helped me a lot with my balance," said senior Mike Chambers, "showing me where I should be and how I should be balanced when I'm there."
Kosikowski, who is also a nationally certified track and field official, helped the throwers fine tune their posture, form and release.
"A lot of what he's doing is little fix-it things," said Axel. "I saw him fix things and improve someone's throw within 15 minutes."
Kosikowski has been coaching and putting on throwing clinics for the past 14 years and has been coaching at 4A Molalla High School for the past six years.
"We're lucky to get this kind of coaching experience to tune us up," said Chuck Chambers, Mike's father, who has been helping with the throwers this year.
The Bruins have a history of having several competitive throwers, but with the added expertise of Kosikowski, the Bruins have a chance to send four different throwers to the state meet this year.