Coach Kersee Goes for Gold in 9th Consecutive Olympic GamesBy CEO Robert Forster, PT
Coach Bobby Kersee is the most successful track and field coach in the world. If all goes as expected, the Olympic Games in Rio next month will be the 9th consecutive Games in which he has coached at least one athlete on to the top podium for a gold medal. His athletes have won over 50 Olympic medals, as well as World Championships and they have set many world records.
In 1988 Bobby coached his wife Jackie Joyner Kersee to 6 Olympic Medals (including 3 Gold) and a World Record (7,291 points) in the seven event competition called the Heptathlon. Her record is unbroken. Sports Illustrated called her the best female athlete of all time!
How does one coach achieve so much? It’s a blend of knowledge, intensity, and hard work that makes the b est coaches. He is a technical wizard when it comes to sprinting, jumping and hurdling, but it’s his passion that sets him apart. He is dedicated to get the best out of each athlete with an unrelenting drive for their success.
Jackie Joyner Kersee with Bobby Kersee after Olympic Gold in 1988
He is truly concerned that each athlete reaches their greatest genetic potential and doesn’t give up until they have. He sets expectations very high every not only when his athletes step on the track in practice and in competition, but also in life. He believes in their physical potential; and by the end of the training cycle, his athletes do too. Many former athletes have gone on to coach at elite levels, and all have been enriched having competed for him.