Charles van Commenee biography
Charles van Commenee is one of the most respected athletics coaches in the world. Dubbed the ‘‘Volcano’’, the disciplinarian Dutchman pushes his athletes to the limit and makes a habit of exceeding targets.
Charles van Commenee first became involved in coaching at the age of eighteen and began teaching children while studying for a degree in physical education. After completing his military service in 1981, he dedicated himself to coaching full time and in 1987 he was appointed as the coach for the Dutch javelin team.
Building upon his coaching success, in 1992 he was promoted to technical director of combined events and throws by the Dutch athletics federation.
In 1994 Charles van Commenee started working with British athlete Denise Lewis. Under Charles, Denise would go on to become champion at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships in 1998 before taking a silver medal at the 1999 World Championships. At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Denise took gold to become Olympic Champion. She put much of her success and ‘drive to win’ down to the fact that Charles had been so focused.
Head Coach of UK Athletics
Following his continued success with many of Britain’s top athletes, Charles van Commenee was, in 2004, considered for the position of UK Athletics head of performance. Ultimately however, Charles decided to leave the UK in favour of becoming Performance Director of the Netherlands Olympic Committee . In 2009, after another successful period in the Netherlands, where he lead the nation to their second-highest ever Olympic medal tally at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Charles returned to the UK to take up the position of head coach.
In his capacity as Chef de Mission for the Netherlands Olympic Team in Beijing, Charles gained valuable experience in managing a team of 400 people while the nation was watching. Today Charles van Commenee is one of the world’s leading experts on Performance Management. During his presentation he offers delegates simple strategies and ideas to get the best out of their people in their own environment.
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