Amy Deem: Putting the “U” in Team USA

2011 Track and Field - 2011 USA Championships at Hayward Field - June 22, 2011It was announced yesterday by USA Track and Field that Amy Deem, the University of Miami’s Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, was named a Team USA relay coach for the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships. The event will be held this summer in Moscow, Russia from August 10-18.

Coach Deem is no newcomer to international events. In the summer of 2012, she was the head women’s track coach for Team USA at the London Olympics, helping to lead the US team to its most successful Olympic showing since 1992, winning 29 medals. She worked with relay coach Jon Drummond to coach the women’s relay teams, both of which won gold medals and one (Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter) that shattered the 4x100m world record that had stood for over 27 years by more than half a second.

She also served as women’s head coach at the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, when the U.S. swept to victory in all four relays. She served as the event coordinator for sprints and hurdles for the USA Track and Field Coaches Education Program from 1998-2000, and in 2001 served as head coach of the USA Junior national team. In the summer of 2003, Deem was the explosive events coach (sprints and hurdles) for the United States at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, guiding Lauryn Williams and each relay team to gold medals.

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Hurricanes T’erea Brown, Amy Deem, Brittany Viola and Lauryn Williams at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. (courtesy of ucanes.com)

As an athlete, Deem participated in the 400m hurdles until an injury ended her career. She then became an assistant coach for a high school team in her native Athens, Ohio. She first came to Miami in 1988 as an intern in the Compliance Department to complete her degree at Ohio University. While fulfilling her internship she simultaneously served as assistant track coach. The head women’s track coach opened up in the spring of 1990, and she decided to stay and take on the job.

Prior to her tenure as head coach, the Hurricanes had never had an athlete record an NCAA qualifying mark. Since then, Deem has guided 43 student-athletes to a combined 149 All-America honors and 12 national championships.

Team USA? You seem to be in pretty good hands.

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