Tokyo 2020: USA Track & Field – Meet the Team Female Coaches

USATF Team coaching Staff are some of the most diverse coaching teams in World sport. For major events, the squad is split into men’s and women’s teams, with a staff cohort that reflects the needs of the athletes.

With a total of 15 coaching staff, 7 of those are female coaches, that’s a percentage of 46.6%.

Below are the female coaches involved with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games:

Rose Monday – Head Coach of Women’s Team

Monday is nationally known as one of the top minds in middle distance and distance running. Her 28-year coaching career spans across all levels from high school to professional. In 2003, she was appointed USATF Development Chair overseeing all events. She’s been appointed to 11 international coaching staffs including 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games as assistant coach for women’s distance, and head coach at the 2015 Pan American Games. She served as Team USATF’s women’s distance coach at the IAAF World Relays in 2014 and 2015 as well as head women’s coach at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China. Monday has served USATF for over 34 years in a variety of volunteer leadership positions including AAC officer, development coordinator, member of the USATF Board of Directors, USOPC athlete representative and currently serves as Chair of Women’s Track and Field.

LaTanya Sheffield – Assistant Coach (Sprints/Hurdles)

LaTanya Sheffield is a retired Olympic hurdler and American record holder. She recently served as the head coach of the women’s 2019 Pan American Games and was a sprints and hurdles assistant coach on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. She was inducted into the 1993 Hall of Fame as a standout hurdler at San Diego State where she was a two time All-American and a 1985 NCAA champion. 1985 was also the year Sheffield ran an American record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.64. Sheffield was an Olympic finalist in 1988 and again represented the U.S. at the World Championships in 1987. Over the course of her career, she won two 400m hurdles gold medals at the Olympic Sports Festival and a 400m hurdles bronze medal at the 1987 Pan American Games. Upon retirement in 2000, Sheffield went over to the coaching side and eventually coached national teams at numerous international events, including the World Championships and Pan American Games. Currently, Sheffield is the Women’s head coach assistant coach at Long Beach State, specializing in sprints, hurdles and relays.

Megan Watson – Assistant (Distance)

Megan Watson M. Ed, was most recently women’s head coach of the 2018 World Indoor team. She also served as Team USATF’s assistant coach at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, leading the distance squad in London. Watson was head coach for Team USATF at the 2015 Senior NACAC Track & Field Championships in Costa Rica and served as an assistant coach at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland. She currently coaches Cross Country and Track and Field at the Kinkaid School in Houston. Megan currently serves on the USATF Women’s Executive Committee and USATF Women’s Development Executive Committee and is a USATF level two certified distance coach.

Robyne Johnson – Assistant Coach (Jumps/Combined)

Director of Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country at The University of California at Berkeley, she spent 14 years as the Director of Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country at Boston University. Robyne Johnson is a former American record holder in the triple jump and participated in four U.S. Olympic Trials. The 32-year coaching veteran was honored in 2008, 2014 and 2016 as the Northeast Region Indoor Track Women’s Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Johnson is a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and seven-time America East Coach of the Year. On the international stage, Johnson has been on several national teams including the 1980 Junior (U20) Pan Am Games, 1991 World Indoor Championships and the 1993 US vs. Great Britain team. Johnson has also coached the international stage an assistant coach for Team USATF at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 2012 DecaNation meet in France, as well as the head women’s track & field coach for Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in China. She was an assistant coach for the U.S. team that captured the first ever title at the 1998 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, and served as an assistant for the 2003 Pan American Games in Dominican Republic.

Sandra Fowler – Assistant Coaches (Throws)

Fowler most recently represented Team USATF as an assistant coach for throws at the 2019 IAAF World Championships and 2019 Pan Am Games, and was the head women’s coach at the 2018 IAAF U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. A nine-time All-American, national champion and Olympic alternate in the shot put, Sandy Fowler currently serves as the director of track and field for both the men’s and women’s programs at Coastal Carolina University. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina in April 2017, Fowler spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan women’s track and field program, overseeing throwing events for the Wolverines. She also enjoyed a successful 14-year stint as the head women’s track and field coach at the University of Alabama (1997-2011), and eight years as the field events coach at the University of Florida (1989-97). In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Fowler most recently represented Team USATF as an assistant coach of women’s throws at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. She also has served as an assistant coach at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, and was Team USATF’s head coach at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Marsha Seagrave, Head Manager

Seagrave is a 19-year veteran coach who has served on the Team USATF staff as a manager for 14 international junior and senior teams, including the last three IAAF World Championships and was head manager for the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2015 Pan Am Games. Seagrave was also the head manager for Team USATF at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in 2014, served as assistant track and field coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and coached at Chittenango High School from 1998-2011. Seagrave represents women’s track and field on the USATF Women’s Executive Committee and serves as the Women’s Standards Chair. Seagrave also works as a counselor at Sarasota Military Academy.

Danielle Siebert, Event Manager

Danielle Siebert is entering her 12th year as an associate head track coach – middle distance at the University of Maryland. As an active member of USATF, Siebert has served on several International team staffs. Most recently, she served as an event manager at the 2019 NACAC U23 championships in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2017 she was the head manager for the Pan Am Junior squad in Trujillo, Peru where she organized the operations of this trip for the U20 team. She went on to serve as an event manager for the 2017 World Championships in London, England. Siebert spent the summer of 2015 as a staff member for Team USA at the World Championships in Beijing, China. In 2014, Siebert earned a position as a Team USATF manager for the World Junior Championships hosted in Eugene, Oregon and in 2012, she served as a manager on the NACAC U23 team in Irapuato, Mexico.