NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee State track and field coach Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice helped lead Team USA to multiple victories this past summer at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, where she acted as an assistant coach for the team.
In total, Team USA collected 41 medals at the event. Cheeseborough worked directly with the women’s sprinters and hurdlers, who took home 10 medals at the games.
Having previously competed in the Pan American Games herself at the age of 16, Cheeseborough considers it an honor to have been selected to coach the USA team at the same event.
“It’s definitely an honor to be on staff for the Pan American Games and to be able to coach and represent the U.S,” said Cheeseborough.
Although this was Cheeseborough’s first time coaching in the Pan Am Games, it was not her first time to coach a national team.
A regular in the international coaching ranks, Cheeseborough was named the sprinter's coach for the 2008 USA Team that competed in the Beijing, China Olympics. USA captured a total of 23 medals, which included: 10 gold, eight silver, five bronze medals.
In 2009, she served as the women's head coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany. At the IAAF under Cheeseborough, the team collected 22 medals overall, winning more than any other country to dominate the placing table with 231 points. Team USA registered 10 gold, six silver and six bronze medals along with several outstanding performances.
Coach Cheeseborough looks to use her recent experience at the Pan American Games this past summer to prepare her team for the upcoming track and field season.
“I picked up a couple of new drills that I hadn’t seen before,” said Cheeseborough. “Introducing some of those to my team will hopefully give them that edge they need and a leg up against their competition.”