TRACK & FIELD
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS ADD FULL-TIME TRACK & FIELD ASSISTANT
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western University head track and field coach Laurier Primeau has named Rob Pike as the program’s first full time assistant coach. Pike will be a generalist coach with expertise in pole vault.
“Rob is going to fit into our staff at Trinity Western because he is not restricted to a single event group, and as such we will be able to team-train athletes,” commented Primeau. “Rob’s skill in pole vault is well known both as a coach and an athlete, but the fact is that he has overseen throwers, sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers through his career.”
Pike joins the Spartans after working with the Mexican Federation to work with pole vaulter Giovanni Lanaro, in preparation for the London Olympic Games.
For the past 11 years Pike was with the Royal Glenora Club, from 2001-2011, in Edmonton where he worked with over 20 coaches and 100 athletes weekly including: Soccer, Hockey, Swimming, Figure Skating, Tennis, Squash and Badminton Programs, designing and guiding physical preparation plans and injury prevention performance. Utilization of the: “Canadian Long Term Athlete Development Program”, the “FMS baseline”, and integrating the matrix of meridian pathways to bring bodies into a natural state of balance and function, resulting in optimization of physical performance, lifestyle, and relief of worn bodies in senior-aged individuals continuing to seek physical enjoyment.
Prior to that Pike worked with the University of Alberta Track and Field Program, as well as the Capital City and Leduc Track Clubs, from 2001-2009. During this time Pike has developed multiple Canadian National team members and Alberta Provincial record holders.
Pike is a graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, where he attended on an athletic scholarship for decathlon.
After his graduation in 1994 Pike’s focus shifted to pole vault, where he competed internationally as an individual and for Canada at various meetings in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, and U.S.A. Such events as: World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Francophone Games, FISU Games and Pan-Am Games from 1995-2002.
“Rob's strong faith will fit perfectly into the leadership quality of our staff and will help to ensure that we are influencing athletes beyond sport,” added Primeau. “And as a former decathlete Rob has experiential context across the power-speed spectrum.”
In addition Pike is a Level III certified coach in Athletics – Jumps and Gymnastics – Trampoline and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Coaching Education Program.
Outside of athletics, Pike trained and volunteered teaching “Heroes” with Chris Banas, Pastor: Spruce Grove Community Church, which partnered with the city of Spruce Grove to deliver this character resiliency curriculum to the junior high and high school classes. He also volunteered for Junior high and High schools throughout Alberta with camps, clinics and athletics programs and provided movement instruction and mentoring to children, adults and coaches accounting for over 300 hours annually.
Pike also organized and participated in fundraising, special events and exhibitions for track and field and has done speaking engagements for motivation, encouragement and testimonial affairs.
Pike joins the TWU track and field program, which has grown to over 45 student athletes, since rejoining the CIS in 2010, including CIS gold medal high jumper Emma Nuttall and CIS 1500 meter bronze medalist Fiona Benson and Calum Innes who finished fourth in the 60m hurdles.
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