Jared Deacon: Mormon Coach
Jared Deacon is former British sprinter who had a successful athletic career in the 400 meters. He was a member of Britain’s 4x400 relay team that competed in the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney, Australia. The team reached the final but placed sixth. He was also part of the men’s 4x400 relay team that took gold in the 2002 European Athletics Championships held in Munich, Germany, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. His team also took silver in the 2003 World Indoor Championships. From 1995 to 1999 he was a three-time relay medalist in the Summer Universiade. He competed in every major senior international championships throughout his ten-year career.
After retiring, athletes came to him for advice and he soon began a coaching career. He was a strength and conditioning coach in sprints and hurdles for UK Athletics. He was also Scottish Rugby Union Academy strength and conditioning coach. He was 2007 UK athletics coach of the year. He has also been a team coach for Great Britain under 20 sprints & relays at World and European Championships, as well as being a tutor for World Rugby and UKSCA. He was UKA Development Coach for Sprints and Hurdles at Loughborough High Performance Centre. As of 2016, Deacon was working with Olympic medalist Emily Diamond who won bronze in the 4x400 relay in Rio. He participated in the 2016 Scottish Athletics Coaching Conference.
He has consulted for England RFL, West Bromwich Albion FC, Middlesborough FC, English Institute of Sport, Scottish Athletics, England Athletics, and Northern Ireland Athletics.
Deacon was born on October 15, 1975, in South Shields, England. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.