Azusa Pacific men’s track and field head coach Kevin Reid has been selected by USA Track and Field to coach American decathletes as part of the coaching staff for the 2014 Thorpe Cup combined events championship in Marburg, Germany. The Thorpe Cup is an international track and field competition between national teams representing the United States and Germany.
Reid will be one of the coaches assigned to the men’s team, which will be comprised of seven athletes who earn their national team assignments following the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June.
“The needs are going to vary by athlete, so (as coaches) we will walk them through the pre-meet prep. There will be a handful at the top, but there will be others on the younger side, immediate post-collegians who might not have summer support,” Reid said. “We’ll meet them with whatever their needs are before we leave.”
Reid’s work with decathletes on the world stage includes Bryan Clay, an Azusa Pacific alum who went on to win two Olympic medals in the decathlon, including Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Reid and Mike Barnett, Azusa Pacific’s director of track and field, coached Clay as he continued to train at his alma mater during his professional career, and Clay now coaches alongside them for the Cougar track and field program.
This will be the third national team coaching assignment in the past eleven years for Reid, who also served on the coaching staff for the 2003 and 2005 Thorpe Cup teams. Team USA won both events in the years he coached the group.
“It’s fun to travel, especially with this event, because multi-event athletes are a unique group personality-wise,” Reid said. “It’s also good professional growth, getting to know different people and athletes domestically and internationally.”