David Lease

David LeaseCoaching Experience:

David Lease is probably best known for coaching sprinter Jason Gardener - from an 11.20 seconds seventeen year old 100 metres runner to only the third European to break the 10.00 seconds barrier. Jason is also Europe's greatest indoor sprinter and held the European 60 metres record with 6.46 seconds.

However, David has also reached the highest levels that the sport of athletics has to offer as a team coach and coach educator and in fact, prefers to see himself as a coach to people rather than of events. In a professional career spanning twenty four years he has been employed by Great Britain in the roles of National Coach, U23 Team Director and High Performance Manager. He has also been Great Britain's Head Coach of Combined Events & Hurdles and in the six years he was Head Jumps Coach Britain won an unprecedented 36 medals in major senior and junior championships.

His best results have been achieved in speed and jumps and his strengths are in technique training, strength training, periodisation and planning, young sports performer development and coach education. He has lectured internationally on all these subjects.

David has coached athletes to European Cup representation in six different events and to twelve AAA's Championships (3 in one day - 100m, pole vault & long jump). He has also coached Robert Hughes to a World trampoline title (1972), Chris Type to the Inter Continental Cup title 2010 in skeleton bob and was running coach to NEC Harlequins in their successful season in 2001. He is a former international trampolinist (World Championships 1965) and British international pole vaulter (Commonwealth Games 1970 & 1974).

Career Highlights

British Team Coach:

Olympic Games 1992, 1996

World Championships 1991, 1993, 1995


Notable Athletes

Jason Gardener [1992 - 2002]

World Junior Championships 1994 (100m Silver, 4x100m Gold)

European Indoor Championships 2000 (60m Gold) 2002 (60m Gold)

World Championships 1999 (100m finalist, 4x100m Silver & European record)

Olympic Games 2000

For full career details see UKA website


Darren Campbell [2003 - 2006] (Technical & Strength coach)

World Championship 2003 (100m bronze)

Olympic Games 2004 (4x100m Gold)


Jayne Barnetson, High Jump & Heptathlon, 1.91m

Nicki Emblem, Javelin & Heptathlon, 59.96 m (junior)

Mary Anderson, Shot Putt, 15.53m (junior)

Geoffrey Parsons, High jump (1987 - 1990), 2.31m



Teaching Certificate Dip. PE. CCPE (1966)

UK Athletics Level 4 Athletics Coach (all events) (1987)

BAWLA Weight lifting Instructor – Olympic Lifts (1997)

BOA Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (2001)


Related Material

Interview with David Lease (on UKA Coach)

Welsh Athletics Ltd.
Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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