Physical Education and Mathematics, 1965
Alumnus Frank Dick graduated from the University in 1965 after completing a 3 year Diploma in teacher training, specialising in Physical Education and Mathematics. Frank went on to hold the prestigious title of British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching, where he was widely acknowledged as and remains one of the leading sports coaches and coach mentors in the world. In this position Frank led the British Athletics team into its “golden era” with Olympic gold medallists such as Daley Thompson, Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe. Frank personally trained Daley Thompson and has created training programmes for individuals such as Gerhard Berger, Katarina Witt, Boris Becker and Justin Rose. Frank is currently President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, Member of the IAAF Coaches Commission and Chair and architect of the IAAF Academy. He was also the ICCE Global Coaches House Program Director at London Olympics 2012, in Calgary during the 2014 Winter Olympics and in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He will continue in this role through to Rio 2016.
In 2011 Loughborough University awarded Frank Dick an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to coaching and coach development. He was also awarded an OBE in 1989, was inducted into the UK Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and awarded the prestigious title “UK Sporting Hero” by Sport UK in 2001.