I am a Coach

“Nothing happens by chance…”

My story - As a Coach

Throughout my entire sporting career, I belonged to one club, Dinamo. I was very lucky to belong to this club, because at this time, the Lenigrad (now St Petersburg) Dinamo was one of the best clubs in USSR, or even the world. If you look at the club records, every athletic specialist is amazed at the number of high-level athletes that trained at the club and competed for the club. We all had the opportunity to communicate and learn from each other and it created the best atmosphere for athletes and coaches to form and build on vision and motivation.


When I finished my athletic career, I had a lot of doubts about becoming a coach, but like many things in my life, this transition happened by accident. (I soon understood that nothing happens by chance). My club encouraged me to give coaching a try and they gave me a group of beginners to coach. In this era, Dinamo had twenty full-time paid coaches and most of the coaches trained high performance athletes, but a few young coaches worked with young athletes. This was the beginning of the next stage of my life…


I was lucky enough to learn from some of the best coaches. I discovered things I didn’t know, and I grasped things I hadn’t learnt when I was an athlete; knowledge that would have helped me in my own sporting career.


When I first started coaching, my coach gave me several rules about how to be a great coach, (especially as I was a high-level athlete who had just finished my sporting career) and he reminded me of these rules many, many, many times.

Rule 1

Don’t coach your athlete like you would coach yourself and don’t expect the same motivation from them.

Rule 2

Be patient and don’t rush to get results.

These rules are so true of coaching and of life!!


Now, after 27 years of coaching and preparing athletes for all major competitions around the world, I remember and am very grateful to the coaches in my club who helped me so much in the beginning. University gave me the theoretical knowledge – the tools, butthe lessons learned at my club gave me the skills to be able to use these tools. I could ask questions and share my frustrations; I was consoled and told to be patient; but most importantly – I had people who believed in me.

To be a coach you need many different skills. Most importantly,you need a good vision of movement and intuition when training athletes for technical events. Coaching is not just about giving athletes exercises – it is a balance between many things, including load and rest.


I have found that coaching is similar to being an athlete, as it often brings more frustration than pleasure, yet also great reward.
I have always tried to remember that it’s not only the result that defines the quality of a training session; but building the feeling of movement and knowing the direction you are going is sometimes even more important.

As a Coach, I have prepared athletes for the USSR, Russia, Australia and New Zealand teams.

As a Coach

My athletes have competed in 4 Summer Olympic Games, 7 World Championships, 3 World Cups, 3 Commonwealth Games, 3 World Uni Games and numerous International Grand Prix.

I have also coached athletes in strength and speed for 2 Winter Olympic Games;

My athletes have: won the National Championships in 6 countries - have received more than 100 medals from National Championships - have set up 8 national records - have represented 4 countries internationally more than 50 times