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Sandy Cooper-Ryder

Head Coach

Sandy Cooper-Ryder ChPC 

​Jumps & Combined Events Coach - 2019 U20 Pan Am Games - Costa Rica

Head Coach Canada 2018 U18 Team - Jamaican Invitational - Youth Olympic Trials

Head Coach Canada 2017 Pan American Games U20 - Trujillo, Peru

Apprentice Coach - 2017 IAAF World Relay Championship

Personal Coach - 2012 IAAF World U20 Track & Field Championship - Barcelona

Coaching Symposium & Personal Coach - 2010 IAAF World Junior Championship

Jumps & Combined Events Coach - 2010 U23 NACAC Championship

Personal Coach - 2009 IAAF World Youth T&F Championship - Bressanone, Italy

Twice runner up Athletics Canada Coach of the Year

(NCCP L3-L4, Sprint/Hurdle IAAF

USATF Academy Sprints & Hurdles Level 5

Athletics Canada L3 Sprints, Hurdles, & Relays LF (Learning Facilitator)

UWO  & Queens' University Track & Field Varsity Athlete 

UWO T&F  Hall of Fame, UWO W.A.A. Elfrida Berzins Award

2013 Queen's Jubiliee Award Winner, YMCA Women of Excellence

Sandy is our Head Coach and she will be leading the coaching alliances program that will include highly skilled strength and conditioning coaches.  Sandy is the Physical & Health Department Head of Banting Secondary School and has been a leader in High School Track development.  She has won over 8 OFSAA Provincial Track Team Championships and has developed several nationally ranked athletes. Sandy was a National Team Member, a National Pentathlete and Hurdler with international competition experience.  Sandy was a student at U.W.O. and Queen's universities.  She is a member of the U.W.O. Track & Field Hall of Fame.    


In 2005, Sandy won the London Sports Council "Coach of the Year"  for her 26 year volunteer high school coaching contribution and for building the new London Legion Track & Field Alliance club.  In 2009, Sandy won the YMCA Women of Excellence Award and was awarded the UWO Women's Athletic Alumni Association Elfrida Berzins Award.  Sandy's leadership for volunteer sports has been recognized by the Canadian Federal Government and in the 2010 Ontario Government Throne Speech. Sandy was named the Hurdles, Jumps and Combined Events Coach for the 2011 Pan Am Juniors, the 2010 NACAC U23 Championship and to the World Junior Coaching Seminar and Tutorial.


In 2012 Sandy completed the IAAF/USATF L5 Sprint/Hurdle Certification Program in Chula Vista California. Also, in 2012, Sandy received the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Ontario/Canadian goverment for contribution to youth sports development.                                                                


Linda Findley

Coach - Middle Distance & XC Programs

Leader - London Legion

Linda Findley
Distance Coach                                                                          
UWO - Althouse College - Physical & Health Ed.           
Principal - Thames Valley Board of Education (Retired)

Linda Findley is a retired Elementary Primcipal from the Thames Valley Board of Education.  She has over 30 years experience as a teacher of students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 10.  Linda has been a track and cross country coach for students and adults throughout her teaching career.

Currently, Linda is a teacher of Physical & Health Education at the Faculty of Education (Althouse College) at the University of Western Ontario.  She is an avid and competitive athlete,  and Linda still competes in cross country track, and road racing, at the Masters level.  She has been a competitive runner for over 25 years, with great success, in many national and international distance running events.  Linda placed in the top 6 in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m, and 8000m at the recent World Master's held in Barcelona


Deb O'Malley-Jacquith

Coach - Middle Distance & XC

University of Western Ontario (B.A. S.Sc)

St. Bonaventure University, Olean, New York (Teaching Certification, I/S Physical & Health Ed, Geography)

University of Western Ontario, Special Education Part 1

Queen’s University, Special Education Part 2

Lakehead University, Specialist Special Education


A secondary teacher with the Thames Valley District school Board for 10 years and an avid athlete and runner herself, Debbie has been coaching with London Legion since 2014. Debbie has competed in cross country, 800m, 1500m and 3000m track events, marathons and half marathons, adventure and obstacle races as well as being fully certified with Boxing Ontario.


Debbie’s coaching at the high school level and in the community, knowledge of what constitutes a well-rounded and grounded athlete along with her love of teaching; coaching and inspiring youth to perform their best lends itself well to the London Legion Philosophy.

Jamie Ryder University of Nebraska gradu

Jamie Ryder

Coach - Sprints & Hurdles

Jamie Ryder
University of Nebraska - Track & Field Scholarship
Bsc. - Business Administration

University of Western Ontario - Bachelor of Education (B.ed)

Jamie is a graduate from the University of Nebraska,  in an honours Business program. Jamie was on a full Track & Field Scholarship. He  is also a graduate of Sir Frederick Banting High School, in London, Ontario.


Jamie is one of Canada's best young hurdlers.  He set an OFSAA 110m Hurdle Record in winning the OFSAA Gold Medal twice in his senior years.  He is an Athletics Ontario Indoor hurdle record holder and he has won a Bronze and Silver Medal at the US Indoor High School Championship.

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