As the Founder/Head Coach of East Cobb Cheetahs Track Club, Coach L is beginning her 9th season. She has been involved with track & field for 30+ years. As a graduate from the University of Illinois, where she trained under the tutelage of Gary Winckler, she became a 6-time NCAA All-American, 18-time Big Ten Champion, 4-time All-Conference Big Ten Team. Coach L is currently an USATF Level 2 Certified Coach, USATF Certified Official, USATF Master's All-American, and Certified AAU Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach. In 2014, she was inducted into the Newark Hall of Fame, in her home town of Newark, NJ.
When it comes to specialties, Coach L runs the gamut. Her college accomplishments are in the hurdles, long jump, triple jump, heptathlon, and relays. She primarily coaches sprints, hurdles, and high jump.
Coach L is the mother of 3 ECCTC athletes. In the last 8 years, she has had 60 athletes qualify for the AAU Junior Olympics. She continues to use her knowledge and expertise to help her athletes reach their potential. As a GHSA Community Coach for Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA, she has help the Wheeler Girls Track Team become Region Champions in 2011 and 2014. She has helped 5 young ladies obtain collegiate scholarships - Kennesaw State University, Brenau University, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Limestone College, and Lee University, and a few gentlemen to Appalachian State & Indiana State University. She's also a CoachUp personal training coach.
Yolande Palmer [Coach Yo] Coach Yo has been the ECCTC throws coach for 5 years. As an USATF Certified I Throws Coach, she has coaches several male and female throwers to All-America and AAU Junior Olympian status, ranging in age from 7 to 17. She graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Biochemistry and has 27+ years in the military, both active & reserve. Coach Yo really enjoys helping athletes reach their throwing potential. She used creative ways to help the younger athletes understand the fundamentals.
Jamal Tiller [Coach T] Coach T has been helping ECCTC jumpers for the past 3 years. His passion is long & triple jumps. As a graduate from the Appalachian State University, he earned All-American and SunBelt Conference honors. Currently he still holds the Wheeler HS record in triple jump with a leap of 48'3". Coach T really enjoys helping athletes reach their jumping potential. Although a part time jump coach for ECCTC, he has helped other athletes in Cobb County, become county, state, and national champions.
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