Cardiff Met's Director of Performance James Thie, is celebrating after being named by the British Milers Club (BMC) as Coach of the Year, in recognition of his outstanding coaching efforts.
As Performance Director of Athletics at Cardiff School of Sport, James has been coaching at the University for almost a decade and has coached a string of world champion athletes, including five Great British Internationals, a UK Senior Champion, multiple UK medallists and age-group national champions, and many home international representatives.
A few notable athletes James has coached include Josh Griffiths, who was the first British athlete to cross the London Marathon 2017 finish line and qualified for the 2017 World Championships in London, as well as Paralympian Steve Morris, who has competed in both the 2012 London Paralympics and 2016 Rio Paralympics.
In addition to his robust coaching career, James has had a highly acclaimed career as a professional 1,500m athlete. Notable highlights include placing 4th at the 2004 World Indoor Championships and representing Wales in two Commonwealth Games; Melbourne and Delhi. From the knowledge he has gained from his international career, James has been able to establish a successful coaching career and train athletes who have gained both national and international recognition.
James was presented with the award at the British Athletics Writers lunch, held at the Tower Hotel in London on 17th November 2017.
Speaking about the award, James said: "I am very grateful to BMC to have been given this recognition. As a proud member of the British Milers Club and having been shortlisted twice for this award in the past, it is a huge honour to have been named Coach of the Year.
"I'm in a privileged position that athletes, parents and other coaches trust me to help them or their athletes develop, so this award wouldn't have been made possible without them and the strong support base from all the athletes and support staff at Cardiff Met, as well as my family."
The British Milers Club, said: "We are delighted to award James with the Coach of the Year award. What we admire about James is not only his ability in coaching, but his forethought to acknowledge those who have aided in his development over the years. This is the true spirit of what the awards are about – giving people the opportunity to come forward with names and show the community that they are valued. James is a true class act and the award is very much deserved."
Being awarded Coach of the Year by BMC marks a successful period for James as he was also named the Welsh Athletics Endurance Coach of the Year in October.
The BMC is the leading middle-distance athletics club in the UK. Through its racing program, training courses and coaching articles, the club aim to improve the world standing of UK Middle Distance running. The club works in close partnership with UK Athletics in the organisation of its fixtures and courses and generous sponsorship from Nike allows the club to provide the services its members require.