Kovacs moved to work with Art in January of 2013. Venegas is one of the most decorated collegiate coached of all time. In his career he has coached multiple Olympians and record holders. Venegas is the only throws coach to coach a glider (John Brenner) and spinner (John Godina) over the 22 meter mark. As of the 2014 season, Kovacs is now a member of Venegas top 3 shot putters of all time.
At Chula Vista, Venegas works with six athletes. Along side Joe are two other shot putters Tia Brooks (U of Oklahoma) and Eric Werskey (Auburn University). Whitney Ashley (San Diego State) is a stand out discus thrower and throws the shot for cross training. Jessica Cosby (UCLA) is the former American record holder and trains along side Kristin Smith (U of Kentucky) in the hammer throw.
Coach Art Venegas
Joe Kovacs currently is training at the US Olympic training center in Chula Vista California. Kovacs moved to the training center to work with Coach Art Venegas in January 2013. Joe thanks all the coaches he has had in his career. His mother during his high school year. Kovacs' high school years Coach Glenn Thompson introduced him to the rotation in the shot put. Glenn has excelled as a club coach and is the publisher of the Long and Strong Throwers Journal. Coach Dayna Wenger during his freshman year.
The fall semester of Kovacs' sophomore year, coach TJ Crater took the throws coaching position at Penn State. At Penn State Crater coached multiple All-American performers. Crater started working with Kovacs as a 16 meter thrower. Crater's system of training ultimately lead to Kovacs being able to end his career as a 21 meter thrower. TJ crater accepted the throws coaching position at the University of Washington during Kovacs' senior year of eligibility. Kovacs is quoted "even though TJ was not with me for my last year of training; the years I had with TJ and the final fall practice plan he wrote for me, is the reason I was able to put together a 21 meter throw at the end of my senior year. Coach Andy Banse during his senior year of eligibility.