Reynaldo Walcott: 9 things to know about Elaine Thompson-Herah's new coach

Reynaldo Walcott: 9 things to know about Elaine Thompson-Herah's new coach

Funmilayo Fameso 13:57 - 25.11.2023

Elaine Thompson-Herah's new coach, Reynaldo Walcott is a seemingly quiet person, but these 9 things will help you know him better.

Coach Reynaldo Walcott is making the headlines for being the new coach of double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah.

His appointment was made known after Thompson-Herah's management, Andi Sports Management released a statement confirming him as the coach to continue developing the five-time Olympic champion in her professional journey as a world-renowned sprinter.

Who is Elaine Thompson-Herah's new coach Reynaldo Walcott?
Coach Reynaldo Walcott

"Andi Sports Management is delighted to announce a significant development in the professional journey of world-renowned sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah. Going forward, Mrs Thompson-Herah will be under the guidance of Coach Reynaldo Walcott at Elite Performance Track Club," read the statement.

This announcement became a soothing relief for most Jamaican athletics fans, as they believe coach Walcott is the right fit to train the world's fastest woman alive to make history in Paris.

He currently boasts of training five-time world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce since 2020 and heads the track club of one of the best training groups in Jamaica - Elite Performance Track Club.

Team Elite Performance Group at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest

Aside from these facts about the mostly reserved athletics coaching figure, here are more things you need to know about coach Walcott.

1 - Who is Coach Reynaldo Walcott

He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but has traveled a lot and lived in Saint Elizabeth, Saint Mary, and Saint Catherine. He is now fully based in Kingston.

Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's coach Reynaldo Walcott

Coach Walcott is doing great in giving track and field athletes another opportunity to achieve their highest potential in their events.

2 - What inspires him

In terms of inspiration, Coach Walcott believes he learns from different people and persons, even if he doesn't eventually become what those persons who inspire him are like.

3 - How Coach Reynaldo Walcott's track and field passion started

It started coincidentally as a student at St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in Santa Cruz, Jamaica.

St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in Santa Cruz, Jamaica.

Then, he would go with the head coach to scout talents for STETHS, watch during training sessions, and be on the field coaching under the guidance of the head coach.

4 - Religion

Coach Walcott is not a Christian, but he's very spiritual.

5 - College and course studied

After high school, he got admission offers from the University of Technology (UTECH) and G.C. FOSTER, but he chose UTECH because he needed an environment to train and learn track and field as a practicing coach. He did something on Physical Education at UTECH.

6 - First stint with coaching at UTECH

Walcott first started as an athlete so he could watch and learn from the professionals under the guidance of coach Paul Francis (brother of Stephen Francis, head coach of MVP Track Club).

Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah both started their careers at MVP Track Club before joining coach Walcott

After the first year of training as an athlete, Walcott told coach Paul Francis his only interest was being a coach, not an athlete. Coach Francis gave him a stint as a team manager to help record practices, and help set up equipment. That was how the learning process began.

7 - How he founded the Elite Performance Track Club

After UTECH, Walcott went to STETHS to be a teacher and started coaching the team. With the progress and experience garnered there, coach Walcott began coaching the high school athletes to make the Jamaican national junior team and then adults to become Olympians.

He founded the Elite Performance Track Club to train athletes to elite level and be better performers. The club trains and is based at the Jamaican College.

8 - How Coach Walcott started training Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

One of the top athletes coach Walcott trains is Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a five-time world champion.

He was friends with Fraser-Pryce before he started working with her in 2020. Because of the foundation the track queen had, it alleviated the fears of working with her as a top athlete.

Fraser-Pryce started working with coach Walcott in 2020

Their coach-athlete relationship basics were on honesty as she decided to learn under him, and likewise, he was open to learning from her, with both often talking about what they hoped to achieve.

Since joining Walcott, Fraser-Pryce has gone onto claim her fifth 100m world title and run a personal best of 10.60s, which puts her third on the 100m all-time list.

9 - Other top athletes at the Elite Performance Group

Aside from Fraser-Pryce, the club's roster contains some of Jamaica's most prominent athletes and includes Rushell Clayton (400mH), Megan Tapper (100mH), and Rasheed Broadbell (110mH) to name just a few.