A former USA national track and field team head coach, Dean Hayes, has presented the 2015 Liquid Sports Ghana-Ethiopian Airlines men’s and women’s Athlete of the Year awards to John Ampomah and Janet Amponsah at a short ceremony at the Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
The award ceremony took place at the Middle Tennessee versus LA Tech Women’s basketball game where the two athletes are currently pursuing their academic studies and honing their athletics skills on Ghana Athletics Association sourced scholarships.
According to the Liquid Sports Ghana and Ethiopian Airlines, organisers of the award, “they are delighted and humbled to have had a coach of the calibre of Mr. Dean Hayes agreeing to present the awards to the athletes”.
The organisers also “want to use the opportunity to acknowledge Coach Haye’s immense contribution to the development of Ghanaian athletes both past and present”.
Coach Hayes has been instrumental in the careers of several Ghanaian athletes in the past and present. He has had extensive experience training for several Ghanaian athletes dating as far back as 1974.
He has helped several Ghanaian athletes in their track and field careers at one point or another. The list includes athletes Christian Nsiah, Albert Agyemang, Tanko Braimah, John Dodoo, Andrew Owusu, Eric Nkansah, Francis Dodoo, Boniface Amuzu, Naomi Ansah, Rosina Amenebede, Samuel Adade, John Ampomah, Atsu Nyamadi, and more.
Additionally, Team Athletics has benefitted from the experience and expertise of Mr. Hayes over the years. He volunteered to help the nation’s athletes at their pre- games camp in South Ayrshire before the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Coach Hayes’s primary role was to supervise the training of the javelin and discus throwers as well as the multi-events.
At the 2015 All Africa Games, Team Athletics again benefitted from the expertise of the experienced American coach.