Tyler to leave UK Athletics

Kevin Tyler, UKA’s strategic head of coaching and development, is set to move back to Canada

Posted on October 16, 2012 by
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Kevin Tyler (Mark Shearman)

Little more than one month after head coach Charles van Commenee announced his decision to leave UK Athletics, one of his right-hand men at the national governing body today revealed that he will be leaving his post.

Kevin Tyler was appointed by UKA almost four years ago for the role of strategic head of coaching and development. During his time in the job, Tyler and his colleagues put in place a fully revamped UK coach education system which some have described as being the ‘secret legacy’ of the 2012 Games.

Many felt that Tyler would be the heir apparent to Van Commenee, but that post is yet to be filled. Neil Black, UKA’s recently-performance director, has been tasked with finding Van Commenee’s replacement. Meanwhile, Tyler will be moving back to Canada with his family.

“It has been a privilege to work with UKA over these past four years in the build up to a home Games,” said Tyler, who will remain at UKA until the end of December. “There has been a significant level of investment in coach development and education, and it has been great that UKA has prioritised this area.

“The launch of uCoach has demonstrated the long term ambitions of ensuring the best expertise is not lost, and I have been proud to work alongside fantastic staff and strong home country development teams, who will ensure the great achievements of the past four years are continued.”

Meanwhile UKA has recently hired Rana Reider, an American who was named 2011 coach of the year by United States Track & Field. Reider currently coaches Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor and British long jump record-holder Shara Proctor. Sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and hurdler Tiffany Porter have both recently joined his training group.

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