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Deem to lead Team USA at World Championships

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 03/04/2013
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami track will have representation on the international level this summer.

Amy Deem, Miami's Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, was named a Team USA relay coach 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 will be joined by Andrew Valmon at the World Outdoor Championships. The two reunite to lead the Americans after guiding them at the 2012 London Olympics.

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 continue and grow the success of the U.S. relay teams."

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.

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