MEET THE COACHES

We have a great team of experienced and trained Coaches who are ready and waiting to support and motivate new and established athletes. If you’re thinking of joining, you’ll get to meet the Coaches at our Taster Sessions for non-members.


Martin James

Coaching credentials: Level 2
Athletic focus: endurance running to marathon
Coaching for DAC: since 2015
Most inspiring famous athlete: Eliud Kipchoge

More about me:
I joined Doncaster Athletic Club in 2006, of which I remain a proud committed competing member and I consider myself to be a reasonable club runner who is determined to improve.  In 2013 I became the men’s club captain having never really had any ambition to do so, a role I did for 9 years. In 2015 I spent a considerable amount of time training to be a Coach in Running Fitness having previously been a Leader in Running Fitness.  I was successful in obtaining this qualification and my main interest is endurance running to marathon and beyond.


Abi Haley

Coaching credentials: Qualified Coach
Athletic focus: endurance running and junior club coach
Coaching for DAC: since 2018
Most inspiring famous athlete: Allyson Felix

More about me:
I started Doncaster AC when I was 8 years old, I understand the journey of a young athlete all the way through training and competition stages. I love coaching the junior club and teaching them all the different disciplines of athletics as well as playing lots of games and having fun! 


Mike Cooke

Coaching credentials: Level 4
Athletic focus: sprints, hurdles and throws
Coaching for DAC: since 2007
Most inspiring famous athlete: Seb Coe

More about me:
UK athletics Level 4 high performance coach in Sprints and Hurdles with over 30 years experience of coaching juniors up to international level. Qualified and experienced coaching 800/1500m, jumps and throws including multi events athletes.  Experienced at coaching disability athletes to perform at a very high level.


Les Grant

Coaching credentials: Athletics Coach (Event Group Module for Sprints & Hurdles)
Athletic focus: Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps
Coaching for DAC: since 2007
Most inspiring famous athlete: Daley Thompson

More about me:
I was an athlete at Doncaster Plant Works where I ran 400m and 400m Hurdles as my main events. I went to the English Schools and the BUCS Championships at University. When work came along I stopped competing until I turned 40 and I joined Doncaster Athletics Club when the Stadium Opened.