Coach Hassaan Amir Stamps of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville cannot be defined as your average Assistant Coach at any level. His recent appointment as The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's National Teams Coach for the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain and the 2012 Olympics in London, England are rewards of over a decade of coaching, mentorship, hard work and a passion for succeeding at the highest level. Not just on the Track or in the Field but in life. The Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville jumps and multi-event specialist is entering his 12th season of coaching and has been very blessed to work with 2 NCAA Champions, 14 All-Americans, 25 All- Conference award winners and counting! In his storied career, his athletes have broken school records at every institution he has coached. As important as athletic success is to him, so is academic success. His athletes all graduate.
The athletes under his tutelage have rewritten the SIUE Record books by breaking 5 school records during the 2011-2012 season. They were awarded Ohio Valley Conference athletes of the week 5 times in the 2012 season alone. One thing is apparent, no matter what the institution; (he has also coached at California State University Los Angeles, The University of Vermont, The University of Miami and Florida International University) success has followed at each one of his stops. A teacher at heart Coach Stamps came up through the United States Coaches Education program and has received his certificates in Level I and II USATF program, with distinctions in Sprints, Jumps and Combined Events. In 2006 he obtained his Instructor training certification so he is certified to teach the USATF Level I program to youth and high school coaches around the country.
Coach Stamps, is adamant about changing the paradigm of what it means to be a coach. In his own words; "Coaching is honestly the most awe-inspiring profession in the world because I get opportunity to be influential in young people's lives as they are in that "molding stage" of becoming the person that they want to be. Because of how I was coached and the great relationship I had with my coach, Vince Anderson, I wanted to model that as part of my philosophy when I coached athletes of my own. I tell my athletes all the time that I have to be their biggest fan, their worst critic, the overbearing father, the loving big brother, the devil's advocate, the best friend , the leader and most importantly I "HAVE" to be a great motivator and mentor." People that know Coach Stamps know him for his infectious personality, caring spirit, high energy coaching style and split-second quick wit. With his professional career continuing to climb to unprecedented heights he wants to be known as a person that helped people achieve the impossible not just on the track or in the field but in the most important game, the game of life!