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Tyler appointed UK coaching boss

Craig Pickering (left) and Marlon Devonish in action for the Great Britain 4x100m relay team
Tyler will aim to improve the standard of coaching in British athletics

Kevin Tyler is the new head of coaching and development at the body which runs athletics in the United Kingdom.

The Canadian joins new head coach Charles van Commenee and Paralympic head Peter Eriksson as UK Athletics (UKA) completes its 2012 Olympics team.

Team GB's athletes won four medals at the Beijing Olympics, falling short of their target of five.

"We need to create an environment where coaches are excited about being involved in the sport," said Tyler.

"I am so excited to be taking up this post with UK Athletics, which I believe is an organisation that has the potential to lead the world of athletics and coach development."

Kevin is an outstanding coach, but his real reputation is as a coach of coaches who makes things happen

UKA chief executive Niels de Vos

Tyler has a strong background in coaching, having recently guided Tyler Christopher to 400m gold in the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

But his role with UKA will primarily be to work with other coaches ahead of the 2012 games in London.

"Kevin is an outstanding coach, but his real reputation is as a coach of coaches who makes things happen," said UKA chief executive Niels de Vos.

"He will lead all areas of elite coach education and development and will work closely with England Athletics to ensure there is a consistent and relevant approach to coaching throughout the sport."

Tyler's appointment completes a new era at UKA following the departure of performance director Dave Collins in September.

Collins's departure sparked a re-structure at UKA that has resulted in the arrival of Tyler, Van Commenee and Eriksson.

All three will take up their posts at UK Athletics in February 2009.

The poor performance of Team GB's track and field team in Beijing was in stark contrast to other sports, such as cycling and rowing, which propelled Britain up to fourth in the overall medal table.

Collins was blamed for the below-par performances of some of Britain's athletes, despite the sport receiving plenty of funding.

UK Athletics has also announced that Dr Craig Ranson, currently national lead physiotherapist for the England and Wales Cricket Board, has been appointed chief physiotherapist.


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see also
UK team selection rules changed
19 Dec 08 |  Athletics
Van Commenee named UKA head coach
23 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Chambers 'welcome to run for GB'
29 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Van Commenee gets UKA coach role
18 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Collins leaves UK Athletics post
01 Sep 08 |  Athletics
Foster wary of changing UKA boss
31 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Danvers backs under-fire Collins
26 Aug 08 |  Athletics
Sotherton denies rift with coach
21 Nov 04 |  Athletics
Edwards backs Van Commenee
16 May 04 |  Athletics


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