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.