INDIANAPOLIS — Miami women’s head coach Amy Deem and 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.
Deem, Valmon and the Team USA staff will guide the world’s No. 1 ranked track and 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, the most won in any sport by any country. In 2008, track athletes won seven gold and 23 medals overall.
Valmon arrived at Maryland as the school’s head coach in 2003 after serving on the track and field staff at Georgetown 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 4×400 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 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.