Dan Pfaff

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Dan Pfaff
Personal information
Full nameDaniel Pfaff
Born (1954-07-01) July 1, 1954 (age 69)
CountryUnited States United States of America

Dan Pfaff is a track and field coach, who has coached national, world, and Olympic championship athletes.[citation needed]

Pfaff started as a high school coach,[citation needed] and moved up to the college ranks starting at Wichita State University.[citation needed] He then served as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston from 1980-81 under Tom Tellez.[citation needed] Pfaff was then Women's Head Track and Field coach at UTEP from 1982-84.[citation needed] From 1985-94, he was the head field events coach at LSU, during which time the program won multiple national championships, including back to back men's and women's national titles from 1989-90.[citation needed] He then had assistant coaching stints at the University of Texas and the University of Florida.[citation needed].

Pfaff was hired to run the United States Olympic Training Center.[citation needed] In summer 2009, he was made head of the Lee Valley Athletics Centre by United Kingdom Athletics (UKA), to organise the coaching and training of the UK's athletes in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics. He also coached and trained 10 athletes within the UKA programme.[1] Pfaff is currently one of the coaches at the World Athletics Center in Phoenix, Arizona.[2]

Coaching career[edit]


  • University of Houston 1980-1981
  • UTEP 1981-1985
  • LSU 1985-1995
  • Texas 1995-2003
  • Florida 2003-2006


  • USATF 2006-2009
  • UKA 2009-2012
  • ALTIS 2009-Present

Coaching Philosophy[edit]

Pfaff has coached: Donovan Bailey—The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100m; As well as Bruny Surin and Glenroy Gilbert—who teamed with Bailey to win the 4 × 100m relay in Atlanta ; Greg Rutherford who won the London 2012 Olympics in the men's long jump.[citation needed]

His career in track and field has seen incredible success over the past four decades. He is considered a leader in high performance coaching.[3] Some of his high profile clients include NFL player Antonio Brown.


  1. ^ "Great Britain's new coaching guru Dan Pfaff orders shake-up of training methods".
  2. ^ "Home".
  3. ^ "An Interview with Coach Dan Pfaff on what drives successful performance under pressure. | Coaching Best". coachingbest.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09.

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