WHO ARE WE?

The Coaches’ Network (TCN) was set up by James Frazer and James Evans to share their collective knowledge of well over 50 years of coaching knowledge and experience with other coaches and athletes.

James Frazer has been involved in coaching at school level for many years, having successfully coached a number of cross country teams at the many schools were he taught. He cut his teeth as a coach in the early 1990s, when he was part of many coaching camps and clinics, including working with the team which assisted Josiah Tugwane, the Olympic Marathon Champion. James was active in the Western Province Athletics Coaches Association before concentrating on his teaching career. He has coached several provincial athletes. He has also been successful as a coach to triathletes and duathletes.

James Evans has coached mostly at university level, although he has also assisted at some schools. He has been involved in coaching nearly all disciplines of athletics, having started out as a sprint coach, before becoming involved with distance coaching. He has also assisted athletes in the jumps and throwing events and hurdles as well. He has coached a number of provincial athletes, including medalists at SA Champs, as well as national level athletes. He has been involved in the sport from club to international level, having served on a number of international committees.

TCN aims to use a knowledge-based approach to coaching, which combines both practical experience as well as scientific knowledge. While we accept that there is no one answer to anything when it comes to the sport of athletes, there are definitely a number of myths and inaccuracies which still guiding the thinking of many in the sport. Many are harmless, but some can prevent an athlete reaching their true potential or even worse, cause injuries. When we don’t know, we ask. It is not correct to guess at the risk of damaging an athlete.

We provide both coaching to athletes, but also on-going knowledge sharing with existing coaches. See the links on this page from time-to-time for information on our activities.