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Dan Pfaff

Coach Dan Pfaff on what drives successful performance under pressure

An expert in multiple realms, Coach Dan Pfaff is a world leader in high performance coaching. Known for his extraordinary observational abilities both on and off the track, Dan is an erudite spectator of people and behaviors. With over 40 years’ experience working across the globe, Dan has coached across multiple event groups and populations - within a melting pot...

A pocket guide to coaching wisdom

This past week saw the final Apprentice Coach Program of the 2013-14 Season. What began in the fall as a fairly unstructured, informal opportunity for coaches to spend time in an elite environment has morphed into undoubtedly the premier track & field coaching education experience in the world. A program geared towards all levels of coach from all sports (although...

Tyler Goodale on a week at Altis

Tyler Goodale is Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific where he works with national team athletes from Rowing Canada, Swimming Canada, Diving Canada and Rugby Canada. A graduate of both the University of Manitoba and the University of Victoria, Tyler is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, as well as a...

A chat with Welsh National Performance Coach – Scott Simpson

As part of Altis' partnership with Welsh Athletics, we have been welcoming groups of athletes & coaches from Wales onsite for training camps for the past 6 months. Having just said goodbye to our final group prior to them commencing their final tuning for the Commonwealth Games in July, we sat down with National Performance Coach – Scott Simpson for...

A Q&A with Zac Brouillette

As Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Ohio Univeristy, Zac Brouillette is an experienced coaching professional who plays an important role in aiding the implementation of the University's strength and conditioning program. Formerly a Graduate Assistant at Iowa State, Brouillette is now tasked with supporting the design and delivery of a year round S&C program for the Ohio Bobcats football...

The road to Glasgow – an interview with Emily Dudgeon

Emily Dudgeon is a third year undergraduate reading Medicine at Clare College, Cambridge. Originally from Edinburgh she has already been recognized as one of Britain’s hopeful 800m athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games. Coached by Stuart Hogg since 2011, Emily achieved a 6th place finish in the 800m at the World Junior Championships in 2012, as well as finishing 4th...

From New Zealand to Scotland – a Q&A with High Jumper Sarah Cowley

As she sat and watched the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, a young girl from New Zealand was mesmerized by Track and Field. 20 years later, Sarah Cowley's Olympic dream was realized in person - as she walked into the stadium at the 2012 London Olympic Games to compete in the Heptathlon. Since competing in the 2012 Games as a Multi...

A chat with GB Javelin sensation – Goldie Sayers

Three-time Olympian, World & European Championship finalist, and UK Champion for the past ten years - Goldie Sayers is a stand out performer in the Javelin, and one of the most experienced competitors in the world. 2012 promised to be a golden year for Sayers. However, minutes after a phenomenal British Record breaking throw of 66.17m at the London Grand...

An interview with Dustin Imdieke

A rising star in the coaching profession - Dustin Imdieke is Assistant Sprint-Hurdles and Jumps coach at Altis, working trackside in assisting lead coaches Dan Pfaff, Stuart McMillan, and Andreas Behm. In addition to coaching at Altis, Dustin has also coached at Paradise Valley Community College since 2008, serving as the Head Coach since 2013. During this time athletes working...

An interview with Thomas & Michael Van der Plaetsen

Following his 2009 & 2011 victories at European U20 & U23 level, Thomas Van der Plaetsen had been noted as a rising star in the Combined Events. Whilst 2012 sidelined the Belgian through injury, 2013 saw a breakthrough year at senior level - and following an extended training camp at Altis in the spring of 2013, Thomas won the 27th...
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