Coaching lives: Week two – Brian ‘Chico’ Woods

TWEEDBANK, UNITED KINGDOM - FEB 01'Brian "Chico" Woods'Running / Coaching Feature'Chico & Martha Douglas'(Photo: Rob Gray)
TWEEDBANK, UNITED KINGDOM - FEB 01'Brian "Chico" Woods'Running / Coaching Feature'Chico & Martha Douglas'(Photo: Rob Gray)

Name: Brian ‘Chico’ Woods

Number of years as a coach: 30-plus (Way too long in some folks’ opinions)

Club: Jed-Forest Athletics

Base: Lothian Park and various venues in and around Jedburgh

Number of athletes: 25

Hours of training per week: Negotiable (every day)

Greatest achievement in coaching: A few stick in the mind, but I think taking a young Michael Coombe to run in a British vest at Loughborough in the mid-80s must be one of the best. Nothing beats watching your athletes aspire to the highest level.

Inspiration: My early coaches Charlie Russell and Andrew Robson, and the enthusiasm I see in the kids week in, week out, as they train for competition.

What makes a good athlete: Understanding the many disciplines involved in their events and their attitude. My motto is “If you can’t you won’t, but if you can you will” and I believe if you can install that into the athletes then they will produce their best whatever they are doing.

Most enjoy about coaching: Witnessing the enthusiasm of others and dry weather.

Least enjoy: Wet weather and snow! Makes everybody mumpy, me included.

Aims for 2012: To be able to see the fruits of my labour. Getting youngsters into athletics provides the basis, and a platform, for lots of sports and I see myself only as a guide to the future and seeing them go on to great things in any sport is a great reward.