At Running For Your Life, we are dedicated specialists in our field. Our coaching staff includes some of the most outstanding coaches in Ontario with combined knowledge and experience to help take each Athlete to the next level.
Our coaches follow a process and program designed to understand each individual athlete’s needs and set appropriate goals to ensure success for those athletes under their care. Our coaches interact on a personal basis with each athlete by building relationships, communicating with, motivating and pushing them to a new level to deliver results. We help athletes with their self-esteem; to believe in themselves and their abilities through education, opportunities and challenges. We help athletes maintain perspective and how to handle and rebound from failures and setbacks. Our coaches also understand the pressures that student-athletes face and establish a good working relationship to ensure success on all fronts.
Our Coaches Do Not:
- Encourage the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)
- Place the Athlete’s overall health in jeopardy over short-term gains
- Break any of the rules of competition
- Plagiarize from other coaches but rather have our own system on which we have based our specialties.
Our coaching staff is led by Coach Randy Brookes (Head Coach and Owner) with an amazing support staff of Coaches – a group of coaches who in their entirety offer an unequaled understanding and experience of Track & Field.
Coach Randy Brookes
Coach Randy Brookes is a Certified Sprint & Performance Coach and is ready to share his wealth of knowledge to athletes looking to enhance their performance and reach their next level.
From breaking Provincial and National Records in Ontario and Canada, to holding 4 different Youth/Age Group World Records as a Sprinter as well as being an OFSAA Double Gold Medalist and Canadian Sprint Champion Randy has enjoyed great success as a Youth Track & Field Athlete.
Recruited from several universities across North America including Notre Dame, TCU, Harvard, the University of Toronto and UCLA, Randy signed a 5-year athletic scholarship with UCLA and joined one of the greatest academic and athletic universities in the world.
Randy was coached by John Smith, arguably one of the greatest sprint coaches in history and had the privilege to train and work with Trinidadian Ato Boldon (Olympic 100m Silver medalist and World 200m Champion), American Maurice Greene (previous 100m World Record Holder and Gold Medalist Olympian) and French star Marie-José Pérec (200m & 400m Olympic Gold Medalist) among others.
Coach Devon Davis
Coach Devon during his elementary school and high school years was a force to be reckoned with in Track and Field. He was a multi event athlete in the Sprints and Long Jump/Triple Jump and had tremendous success. An OFSAA Championship and hard work helped Coach Devon land a full scholarship to the University of North Iowa.
As an NCAA Div 1 Athlete Coach Devon exploded unto the scene running 10.19secs where he still owns the Missouri Valley Conference Record in the 100m. A past member of Canada’s Junior Track & Field Team has allowed Coach Devon to have the know how and experience to be a great Coach. We welcome Coach Devon to Running For Your Life – Scarborough/Markham.
Coach Brian Lucas
Coach Brian is a well-rounded Coach who knows firsthand the training and focus needed to be a champion. Coach Brian hails from the University of Villanova where he earned a scholarship in both Track and Field as well as Hockey. Brian was an NCAA qualifier in the 800m. In Ice Hockey Brian played for the Villanova Wildcats as “Centre”. In Track – Coach Brian was a 3-time Canadian Olympic Trails Qualifier in the 800m and OFSAA Champ in 4x100m. Brian’s all time Personal Best Times are 46.80 in the 400m and 1:47.71 in the 800m. Coach Brian’s specialty lies in the mid and long distance running as well as Cross Country.
Coach Miguel Hyman
Coach Miguel has always been involved in Sports related activities, whether it’s competing at the Collegiate level in Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading and Track & Field. Coach Miguel became a Shiatsupractor for 20 years and has treated a variety of athletes from Track and Field, NBA, NFL, CFL, WWE and National Fitness and Body building champions. His enthusiasm and personable manner make him a great addition to our team.
Running For Your Life Inc & The Gazelles Track & Field Club welcome Coach Tianna. Coach Tianna comes from a rich Track & Field background running throughout grade school to University (York University). During her stellar High School career Coach Tianna was a Silver Medal OFSAA Champion in the Senior Women’s Triple Jump and also a Metro OFSAA Regional 80m/300m Hurdles and Long Jump Champion. Filled with passion and ambition with a sincere heart Coach Tianna is a great addition to the RFYL/Gazelles Staff.
Not a “Coach” per say but a Coach approach to the administrative side of The Gazelles Track & Field Club. Coach Diane helps The Gazelles with back end items that keep the club moving effectively. Her passion and love for the success of our athletes is a welcomed breath of fresh air!
Coach William has been a standout High School Track & Field Athlete who was a LOSSA Champion and an OFSAA Finalist in the 400m. He received an Athletic Scholarship to Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and still owns the Indoor 400 freshmen record. In the Distance Medley Relay his University team placed 7th which earned Coach William All-American Status. A former Gazelle Track and Field Athlete Coach William was ranked in Ontario and Canada.
Coach Tyra was a two-year Track and Field Team Captain at Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering. She was an OFSAA Triple Jump Champion as a Senior and Canadian Junior National Triple Jump Silver Medalist. Coach Tyra went to the University of Buffalo on Scholarship where she was a 2 year Track and Field Team Captain and broke a school record in the 100m. As a student-athlete at the University of Buffalo Coach Tyra competed at the Division 1 level in long jump, triple jump, 100m, 200m and relays. Welcome to Running For Your Life Coach!
Coach David Clarke is a Kinesiology student, CESP Certified. He is also currently a personal trainer at a Fitness gym and a former intern student at Complete Performance Centre. His experience includes working 1-on-1 with diverse populations of clientele along with training a variety of high performance athletes which has allowed him to master his training skills and expertise in exercise science along with strength and conditioning training techniques. His goal is to share his knowledge and education with the next generation of young athletes and to anyone who seeks improvement in a better quality of life.
Dennison Collins was one of Canada’s top sprinters in the 100m. He was the Ontario university 60m champion, NJCAA 100m and the 2007 Canadian Track and Field National Championships finalist.
More recently, Dennison Collins has coached his athletes to athletic stardom. One of his athletes was the top Midget Female Sprinter in Canada. She is the 2019 national champion in the 100m and 200m, 2019 OFSAA champion in 100m and 200m.
My name is John Thompson. I am a certified Secondary School Teacher in Physical Health and Education. Over the years I have been a coach of Hockey, Baseball, and Soccer. My emphasis has always been to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the athletes. My track experience comes from my competitive days as a High School and University Athlete at Laurention University. As a University athlete, I qualified for Nationals as an individual and with my team in both Track and Cross Cross between 1995 & 1999. My main events in Track were the 800m, 1000m & 1500m. As a middle-distance runner and coach, it is my philosophy that quality trumps quantity and make sure that athletes are not overtraining.
2008 Olympian and University of Miami Hall of Famer, garnered seven conference titles at the University of Miami, was named an All American 10 times, which ranks second-most in program history, and was the 2006 NCAA Long Jump Champion . She was also named as both a Long Jump and Triple Jump All American in all three seasons at the University of Miami. She also holds the Canadian Senior Women’s Triple Jump Record and previously held the Canadian Senior Women’s Long Jump Record. Tabia Charles is also an OFSAA Record Holder as well.