Robert Weir Named To Team USA Coaching Staff
Dec. 19, 2003
Indianapolis, In - Robert Weir, Stanford University's head men's track & field coach, has been named to the United States coaching staff for the 2005 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
For Weir, this will be his first assignment on the Team USA coaching staff. Weir will be Team USA Throws Coach.
'I am very honored to represent my country, the United States,' said Weir, who actually has dual citizenship (United States, Great Britain). 'For several years, I have coached many American athletes who have gone on to to represent the United States in international competition, including Adam Nelson, and now it is a distinct honor to coach them as a member of the coaching staff for the United States.'
Weir is no stranger to international track & field competition. Weir is a three-time Olympic Games discus thrower for Great Britain, and coached the 2000 Olympic Games silver medalist Adam Nelson of the United States. Under Weir's guidance, Nelson also won the United States national title in the shot put in 2000.
Weir competed at the 1984, 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics for Great Britain. At the Sydney Games in Australia, Weir was named captain of the Great Britain track & field team. In 1999, Weir was the 1999 Great Britain national champion in the discus and a member of that country's World Championship team.
Weir is entering his eleventh season on the Cardinal staff, and his first season as head coach of the Cardinal men's track & field team. His experience as an international competitor and NCAA All-American, coupled with superior technical knowledge, has made him one of the premier coaches in the United States. With Weir's assistance, the Stanford men and women have produced numerous All-Americans in each of the four throwing events (shot put, discus, hammer, javelin). One of his current Cardinal athletes, Jill Camarena, is a five-time All-American and considered one of the top up-and-coming stars in United States track & field. Last year, Camarena broke Carol Cady's longtime school shot put record, while gaining All-America honors in both the shot put and discus.
Weir received his undergraduate degree from SMU in 1983, While with the Mustangs, Weir won three NCAA individual titles and set the collegiate record in the hammer throw.