Temecula, CA , United States
My name is Jamie Staff. I had a successful career as an athlete and competed from the age of 9 till I was 36. Born and raised in the UK, I spent the first 20 years of my career competing as a BMX racer, with the last 7 years as a professional here in the United States. I then transferred my skills over to Track Cycling and competed for Great Britain from 2003 to 2009, competing in two Olympics and winning Gold in Beijing.
I currently work for USA Cycling as the High Performance Director for BMX.
My coaching philosophy is that you, the athlete, need to be given the tools and skills to deliver results when you need to. My goal is to educate you in all aspects of competition which includes a great deal off the bike. Coaches under estimate the effects our lives have on our performance and that great attention needs to be applied to our daily life in order for us to be able to perform on the bike in competition and training.
Being an athlete isn't just a 2 hour bike ride or a 3 hour track session, it's 24-7. What we do from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed AND the hours we sleep, will have an impact on how we perform.
I have devised simple but effect ways to help athletes manage their daily lives AND be able to be competitive. I was able to move across the world to a foreign land with my wife and baby twins and win a gold medal at the Olympics through simple planning and support from my team.
Now I know most of you are not looking to win the Olympics, but instead, compete either at local or even national level; it doesn't matter, same basic rules of management apply.
Another aspect of my philosophy is that the athlete needs to take ownership. The coach isn't responsible for your performances, you are. Athletes need to understand that they need to make the decisions; the coach, your friends, your psychologist, whoever, are not in charge. Yes, they're there to help you and guide you, but at the end of the day, you need to be the one in charge.