Bulldog assistant coach George Cleare
May 2, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia track and field assistant coach George Cleare has been named the Team Bahamas head coach for the coming 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, according to an announcement from the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA).
Cleare, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, will lead his native country during competition in Russia on August 10-18. In his third season guiding the Georgia women sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, Cleare is looking forward to his next challenge following the Bulldogs’ 2013 season.
“I am honored and privileged to be selected as head coach of the Bahamas 2013 World Championships team,” said Cleare. “Representing my country at the highest level of athletics is an exciting experience. I am also happy to represent as a coach from the University of Georgia, which is a great university with a wonderful administration and experienced and competent professional coaches.
“I plan on being a credit to the Bahamas and to Georgia. I am happy to be able to share this most prestigious appointment with the entire Bulldog Nation!”
With his appointment, Cleare will be at the epicenter of the track and field world with it being a non-Olympic year, and he plans to take full advantage of that.
“I look forward to networking and opening more doors with coaches from other counties,” Cleare said. “I have been given the chance to go the extra mile and I have every intention of maximizing this window of opportunity.”
Before August arrives, Cleare is still expecting exciting performances from fellow Bahamian and Lady Bulldog freshman Shaunae Miller along with the rest of the Georgia women’s team. At the conference level, five sprinters or jumpers are ranked in one of the eight scoring spots with a week to go before the SEC Championships.
Nationally, Miller leads the country in the 200-meter dash (22.41) while freshman 100 specialist Briana Vaughn, the 4x100 relay team and senior high jumper Saniel Atkinson-Grier have one of the nation’s top 15 marks in their respective events.
Since Cleare’s arrival in 2011, Miller has recorded the first NCAA title on the track for the women since 1999 when she won the 2013 indoor 400. Miller also set the indoor school record in the 400 during the national finals with a 50.88. In addition, Cleare coached Jamaican freshman Chanice Porter to the 2013 SEC indoor long jump title.
The Lady Bulldogs who Cleare has coached have established 15 spots on the school’s all-time top-10 indoor and outdoor lists since the 2011 campaign, including Atkinson-Grier’s No. 2 mark of 6 feet, 2 ¼ inches in the high jump.
Cleare and the rest of the Bulldog track and field program return to action at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo., on May 9-12. This year’s NCAA Championships are in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8.