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Deem,Valmon to lead Team USA World Championship Relays

INDIANAPOLIS - 2012 London Olympic coaches Amy Deem and Andrew Valmon have been named Team USA relay coaches for the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships this summer in Moscow, USA Track & Field announced Monday. The 2013 World Championships will be held August 10-18 in Moscow, Russia.

Deem and Valmon led Team USA to the most successful U.S. Olympic track & field showing since 1992 with 29 medals (nine gold, 13 silver, seven bronze).  Deem and Valmon worked alongside Olympic relay coach Jon Drummond on all four relays, with spectacular results. The women’s relays won both gold medals, including the world record-setting 4x100m effort of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter in 40.82 seconds. The men’s relays both won silver, with the men’s 4x100m twice setting the American record.

“Coach Deem and Coach Valmon showed great leadership in London, and our results at the Games reflected that,” said USATF Chief of Sport Performance Benita Fitzgerald Mosley. “Jon Drummond did a tremendous job in the two-year lead-up to London, and we collectively worked to set standards for fostering excellence, transparency and creating a successful environment for our relays. We are confident that Amy and Andrew will will continue and grow the success of the U.S. relay teams .”

The University of Miami director of track and field and cross country, Deem has a long history with Team USA, including serving 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 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 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 to the gold medal in the 100m. In addition, the United States swept the gold medals in the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay for the first time since 1987.

On the collegiate level, before her arrival in Miami 22 years ago, the Hurricanes had never had an athlete record an NCAA qualifying mark. Deem has guided 43 student-athletes to a combined 149 All-America honors and 12 individual national championships.

Valmon has had relay success as both an athlete and coach. During his track career, he earned gold medals as a member of the United States 4x400m 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 400m.

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.

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.

In 2002, he 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.

Drummond, who won four relay golds before retiring from his professional career , returned to private coaching after Team USA’s relay success in London. He served as Team USA’s relay coach from 2011-2012. Under his tutelage, the U.S. won two Olympic gold medals, three world championship gold medals and two Olympic silver medals.

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