Weber State names former Olympian Robert Weir as assistant track & field coach

Saturday , September 16, 2017 - 12:00 AM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN – Weber State track and field has hired three-time Olympian Robert Weir as an assistant coach, the university announced Thursday.

Weir was the captain of Great Britain’s Olympic team during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and will coach the Wildcat throwers.

"Weber State is offering a vision and a level of support that is very appealing,” Weir said in a release from the university. “The coaching staff of Paul Pilkington and Corbin Talley show a level of commitment that is very important to me. After seeing the facilities and meeting the people there, it is apparent they are committed to having a very successful program and I'm happy to be a part of that vision."

The Birmingham native brings a coaching resume from all over the country, most recently as an assistant at Clemson for four years. He also worked as an assistant at Hawaii for a season and 15 years at Stanford.

"We are extremely fortunate to get a world-class athlete and a coach with his experience and background to join us," Weber State women's track and field and cross country head coach Paul Pilkington said in the release. "We know he will be a great addition to our program."

Accomplished both as an athlete and coach, Weir has trained athletes such as USA Champion and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson, and participated himself in three Olympic Games (1984, 1996, 2000) and in the Commonwealth Games, where he took home gold in the hammer throw in 1982 and discus throw in 1998.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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