Speakers

Speaker Biographies

  • Tom Tellez

    Tom Tellez

    Tom is a member of the U.S. Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Tellez has produced some of the greatest track and field performers in the history of the sport. During his career Tellez coached: four-time NCAA champion and nine-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis, former NCAA and Olympic 200-meter Gold Medalist Joe DeLoach, two-time NCAA champion and Olympic Silver medalist Kirk Baptiste and three-time NCAA champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist Frank Rutherford and Olympic Gold Medal winner and three- time NCAA champion and former world 100-meter record holder Leroy Burrell. Other athletes he has tutored include Olympic Gold Medal winners Mike Marsh, Michele Finn-Burrell and 2000 Olympic 200-meter sprinter Floyd Heard. Between 1984 and 1996, six of the seven United States sprinters who won Olympic Gold Medals were coached by Tellez and seven of the USA’s overall 13 medals were claimed by his athletes..
     

  • Loren Seagrave

    Loren Seagrave

    Loren has worked with athletes at every level of the sport – from aspiring juniors to collegiate runners to veteran NFL players and track and field Olympians. His multi- disciplinary approach to optimising performance has earned him worldwide recognition. He is regarded as one of the most renowned speed and sports performance coaches in the world and one of the leading experts of applied sports science to today’s high performance athlete. Past and present athletes include: Pauline Davis (2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, 200m); Dwight Phillips (2009 World Champion, long jump); Angelo Taylor (2000, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, 400m hurdles); Andre Cason (Silver medal in World Championship 100m) and Joice Maduaka (multi- national championship title winner, UK). Seagrave has also served as a consultant for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Nashville Predators, and the Chicago Bulls. In the late 80s, he coached LSU’s Women’s Track and Field Team to five NCAA national titles.

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    Michael Afilaka

    Michael Afilaka

    Michael Afilaka is currently the UKA Development Coach for Sprints. He is the coach of 2012 World Junior Gold Medalist Adam Gemili, who ran 10.05 to win in Barcelona before going on to represent GB at the London 2012 Olympics. He is also the coach to 2008 World Indoor 60m Silver Medallist Jeanette Kwakye, who finished 6th in the Beijing 100m Olympic Final.

     

    Wigert Thunnissen

    Wigert Thunnissen 

    Wigert Thunnissen is the Dutch National Relay Coach. Under his leadership, the Netherlands captured the men’s 4x100m bronze medal at the World Championships in Paris in 2003. Most recently Wigert steered the Dutch Women’s 4x100m relay team to a national record of 42.45s and number 5 world ranking with a squad comprised of athletes with 2012 seasons bests of only 11.36s, 11.38s, 11.58s and 11.65s.

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    James Hillier

    James Hillier 

    James Hillier is UKA Apprentice Coach for Sprints and Hurdles based in Bath. James is a former Commonwealth Games 400m hurdler and UKA Apprentice Coach under the tutelage of Malcolm Arnold (UKA National Event Coach). James helps run the UKA Regional Performance Centre in Bath. The Centre had 6 athletes compete at the recent London Olympic Games most notably 2011 World Champion Dai Greene (400m H), and Olympic 4th placers Jack Green (4x400) and Lawrence Clarke (110m H). James is a recent graduate from the UK Sport Elite Coach Apprenticeship Programme and is also acting National Hurdles Coach Mentor for England Athletics.

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    PJ Vazel

    Pierre-Jean Vazel 

    Pierre-Jean Vazel was the coach to Men’s 100m African record holder (9.85s) and 2008 World Champion over 60m Olusoji Fasuba. PJ has also coached several of Frances’ most famous sprinters including Ronald Pognon and Christine Arron. In addition to working with Elite athletes, he also coaches young developing sprinters and hurdlers at ES Montgeron Athletic Club near Paris and is a reporter for the IAAF and La Monde. A trained artist, Vazel also has a keen interest in Track and Field statistics. Through years of research he has developed an excellent understanding of the history of the sprints and hurdles across the world and collects data on the training methods of many of the world’s most famous athletes and coaches.