2004 US Paralympic
Track and Field Head Coach
"The Soldiers Coach"
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Coach Bryan Hoddle has worked extensively with injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Hospital in Washington, DC as well as Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama, helping amputees, traumatic brain injuries, blind and wheelchair soldiers. He was selected as the 2001-2002 Veterans of Foreign War Teacher of the Year for the State of Washington and is the recipient of its 2001-2002 Veterans of Foreign War National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.
In August of 2002, he was named Program Director for the USA Paralympics Track and Field Performance Coaching Staff. In the summer of 2000, he served as Assistant Manager for the World Junior Track and Field Team. He was selected Head Coach for the 2004 USA Paralympics Track and Field Team held in Athens, Greece.
Coach Hoddle, with the support of H. Ross Perot, coached Tony Volpentest, the 1996 Paralympics 100 meter and 200 meter champion. He has also coached Marlon Shirley, triple world record holder, the world's fastest amputee and the 2000 and 2004 Paralympics 100 meter Champion. He was selected by the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Committee to carry the Olympic torch in Olympia, WA on January 23, 2002 as well as lighting the cauldron and speaking on behalf of all the torchbearers.
Bryan is a nationally respected motivational speaker, having spoken to over 350 schools, organizations, and businesses over the past 35 years. He talks to business leaders, civic leaders, athletes, parents and school children about the five characteristics of a champion and how to apply those in ones life; Vision, Focus, Persistence, Discipline and Commitment.
Coach Hoddle taught for 34 years in public schools in the State of Washington. In March of 2008, he was the keynote speaker at the Washington School Counselors Association State Convention and keynoted the 2011 Washington State School Nurses Convention. He has also been a featured speaker at Boise State University, Agnes Scott College and the University of Arkansas. Additionally, he has spoken at track and field/cross country clinics in Washington, Oregon, California, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alabama, Idaho, Montana and Texas.
He is highly respected in track and field. Coaching high school track and field, his track athletes have amassed 26 state championships, as well as numerous national age group titles. He is also the Past-President of the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association. He currently serves as Director, Northwest Track and Field in Seattle. Bryan is a graduate of Central Washington University where he majored in Physical Education and also received a minor in Education.
Bryan is the winner of the 1997 and 2014 PNW Track and Field Ken Foreman Contributor Award as well as a Hero in Running for 2013 by Runner's World Magazine. He has also be honored by the Washington State Legislature in the House of Representatives on February 14, 2014 for his work with disabled athletes and injured soldiers. Bryan initiated Run with a Soldier Day with USA Track and Field for Nov 8-9, 2014. At the 2014 USA Track and Field Convention, Bryan was selected as one of the 6 Americans to receive the USATF Presidential Award, as awarded each year at the USATF Convention.
He's currently on the Board of Trustees for the Invictus Foundation, and continues to work with athletes and injured soldiers.