Pete Coe biography hero

CHAPTER TWO

PRECISION IN PRACTICE

TAKING CHARGE

An engineer by trade, Peter Coe, Seb’s father, took over the role as his coach in 1969. He had always preferred cycling to athletics himself, but he found that the techniques being used to train Seb didn’t align with his son’s strengths.


“HIS WHOLE MANTRA WAS IF YOU CANNOT MEASURE IT, IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE."

Seb Coe

MAKING AN ICON

Peter adopted the principles of German coach, Woldemar Gerschler to create a training routine that centred around speed endurance. This pioneering training method led Seb to two Olympic gold medals and a number of world records.

A LIFELONG PARTNERSHIP

Peter remained Seb’s coach throughout his career, and the pair even went on to co-write two books on athletics coaching together. Peter was commemorated for his contribution to British athletics when he was posthumously inducted into the England Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.