Olympic 100m silver medalist Fred Kerley on Monday announced social media that he has changed his coach.
The 2022 World 100m champion will now be coached by the 1992 Olympic 400m gold medalist Quincy Watts who will be replacing Alleyne Francique from Granada.
This change comes as Kerley, aged 28, prepares for his life’s most critical athletic year – the Paris 2024 Olympic Games year.
“Choosing to make changes is always risky, even riskier during a year like the Olympics,” was posted on Kerley’s channels. “I felt that I needed to bet on myself. I needed to prove to myself that I was all in and that meant seeking the guidance of COACH WATTS I’m entrusting him to bring out the best version of myself in the most important athletic year of my career. Ya’ll ready?”
The 53 year-old who is an assistant coach at the University of Southern California (USC), held the NCAA record in the 400m for an impressive twenty years until Kerley destroyed it in 2017. Watts also brings a wealth of experience as he coaches Olympic and world 400m hurdles medalist Rai Benjamin.