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Feb. 17, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (usatf.org)- University of Miami women's head coach Amy Deem and University of Maryland head coach Andrew Valmon have been nominated to serve as the women's and men's head coaches, respectively, for Team USA's track and field squads for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, USA Track & Field announced on Thursday. All Olympic Team staff selections are pending final approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Chief Executive Officer.
Deem, Valmon and the Team USA staff will guide the World's #1 Track & Field Team at the Olympic Games in London. In Olympic competition, Team USA track and field athletes have won 315 gold medals and 744 medals overall, by far the most won in any sport by any country. In 2008, track athletes won seven gold and 23 medals overall.
Deem to lead Team USA women's squad
University of Miami head women's track and field coach Amy Deem has built the school's women's track program from modest beginnings into one of the nation's elite.
Before her arrival in Miami 20 years ago, the Hurricanes had never had an athlete record an NCAA qualifying mark. Deem has guided 42 student-athletes to a combined 147 All-America honors and 12 individual National Championships, including 2009 NCAA Indoor 200-meter Champion Murielle Ahoure, 2008 NCAA Indoor 400-meter Champion Krista Simkins, 2006 NCAA Outdoor triple jump Champion Tabia Charles, 2005 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor shot put champion Kim Barrett and 2004 NCAA 100-meter Champion Lauryn Williams. The Hurricanes have boasted at least one All-American in each of the last 19 seasons and have claimed seven Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in two conferences.
Deem, who was the head women's coach for Team USA at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, served three seasons (1998-2000) as the Event Coordinator for Sprints and Hurdles for the USA Track and Field Coaches Education Program, and in 2001 served as head coach of the USA Junior National team that competed in England and Scotland. In the summer of 2003 Deem served as the Explosive Events Coach (sprints and hurdles) for the United States at the Pan American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic guiding Lauryn Williams to the gold medal in the 100-meters. In addition, the United States swept the gold medals in the 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay for the first time since 1987.
Valmon to lead Team USA's men's squad
Andrew Valmon arrived at the University of Maryland as the school's head coach in 2003 after serving on the track and field staff at Georgetown University since 1995, where he was the men's head coach for four seasons.
During his track career Valmon earned gold medals as a member of the United States 4x400 relay teams at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. He was on 13 U.S. National Teams, earning gold medals at the 1990 Goodwill Games, the 1993 World Championships and the 1994 Goodwill Games. He owns a personal-best of 44.28 in his specialty, the 400-meter dash
Valmon has served as a Team USA assistant coach at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany, and as the head coach for the 2010 World Indoor Championships team in Doha, Qatar. Prior to coaching at the World Championship level, Valmon was relay coach for Team USA at the 2008 NACAC Championships in El Salvador.
In 2002, Valmon was awarded the President's Award by USATF for his contributions to both USATF and to the sport of track and field. He has also served as a member of USATF's Athletes Advisory Committee.