Andreas Behm has been appointed the Recruitment Director and Sprints & Hurdles coach at the World Athletics Center, based in Phoenix, Arizona.
“It is fantastic that, once again, we are able to add a world-class coach like Andreas (Behm) to our coaching staff. Andreas, who is young, energetic and has an already-proven track record, will head up our sprints and hurdles group,” said World Athletics Center founder John Godina.
A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Andreas is an experienced coach holding a position at Texas A&M track and field program for over eight years. Texas A&M University Head Coach Pat Henry was quick to sing the praises of Behm: “He is a very conscientious, dedicated teacher. As a teacher/coach he is very task oriented yet is very understanding of individual strengths and weaknesses. This skill allows him to develop athletes from beginners to our world’s elite.”
“In my many years as a head coach he has truly been one of my best assistants. He will be missed at A&M.” Henry continued.
His group at Texas includes hurdler Aries Merritt, who won Olympic Gold under his tutelage at London 2012. Merritt broke the World record for 110m hurdles with a time of 12.80 seconds in Brussels on September, 7th 2012.
‘Andreas Behm is one of the best coaches in the sprint world currently.’ Aries Merritt
“Andreas Behm is one of the best coaches in the sprint world currently. He excels at the fundamentals of acceleration, mechanics, and hurdle technique. These special skill sets would be beneficial to any professional athlete trying to perform at the highest of level of competition.” Said Aries (Merritt). “Not to mention he has a good heart and a great personality. My coach and friend.”
While working with numerous NCAA and USATF athletes, Behm has coached during the past two US Olympic Trials, the World Championships in 2009 and 2011, and Olympic Games in London and Beijing. Alongside Merritt, Behm has coached sprinters Lauryn William, Muna Lee, La’Shaunte’a Moore, and Ebonie Floyd and hurdlers Jermaine Cooper, Natasha Ruddock, Lauren Smith and Chris Thomas.
Andreas Behm”Andreas has a really bright future in coaching. His attention to technical details and ability to communicate how to make those subtle changes to an athlete is a talent few coaches can master.” Said Lauryn Williams, a former World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist at the 100m.
Behm is still relatively young but holds an impressive CV, speaking four languages – English, French, German and Spanish, and has experience working for Athletes’ Performance as a Graduate Student Assistant. At Athletes’ Performance, which is a partner of the World Athletics Center, Andreas’ role involved a brief interaction with the German Soccer team who were at the facility to work on their fitness, speed and power development.
“I am delighted to be joining up with John and Dan, heading up the Sprints and Hurdles group. I have spoken to John about the future and the vision for the project and I am really excited to be a part of it.” Said Andreas (Behm).
“The World Athletics Center will give a stable environment for coaches and athletes to learn from each other and develop some of the best athletes on the planet.”
The appointment of Behm comes hot off the heels of Dan Pfaff, who was announced as the Education Director and Jumps Coach at the facility at the end of April.
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