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London 2017 medal winning coach to take up Loughborough University role

Loughborough University is delighted to confirm that London 2017 medal winning coach Tony Hadley will be joining the University on 1 September as Head of Coaching and Performance Development.

Hadley, who coaches 4x400m relay bronze medallist Matthew Hudson-Smith, has been involved in athletics for some 40 years, coaching athletes to Olympic level for more than four decades. In 1984 he guided Phil Brown to an Olympic 4x400m relay medal in Los Angeles, later helping Derek Redmond break the British 400m record and become world champion in the relay.

Although an athletics specialist, Hadley has a multi-sport background, having been a PE teacher and latterly Head of Department at a Performing Arts Academy.

Now mixing on the ground coaching with a leadership role, Hadley has been named Head Coach for the England Athletics team travelling to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Of his move Hadley commented:

I am honoured and excited to be offered this post at Loughborough University. This is one of the great institutes for sport and education in the world, and to work in a role developing coaches and students across all sports is an opportunity I’m relishing.

Loughborough University Performance Director Richard Wheater added:

Here at Loughborough we’re constantly striving to develop our performance environment and coaching is a key element of that. Tony has a vast array of experience from a number of different environments; something that will be of huge benefit to both our junior and senior coaches alike. Leading the England Athletics team at a Commonwealth Games shows Tony’s calibre and I have no doubt that he will welcome the challenge of making a similar impact here at Loughborough.