TESTIMONIALS

 

Sean has helped me grow in so many ways. Not only as an athlete but as a person. He has taught me the value of hard work, and that I can do anything I set my mind to. Sean has coached me from being top 25 in the state, to being number one in the state in all my events. Sean has such a personal connection with all of his athletes, and he knows exactly what each person on the team needs to reach their goals. There is such a positive environment at his practices, all the athletes are so supportive of each other, and every practice is extremely productive because you are practicing with the fastest kids in the state. Sean is such a skilled coach, that he told me what times I would run going into every meet, and I would hit them every time. He is the most dedicated coach, he not only helps us run faster, he helps us eat better, recover better, and lift better. Sean can see everyone's full potential, and he makes sure we all reach it. With only one year of training with him, I went from running 12.8, 25.77, and 57.86 to running 12.1, 24.49, and 56.7. I would never have excelled the way I have without Sean. I remember at the last meet of my junior year, I was running the 100 and 200. I knew this would be my last meet of the season, and I wanted to go out with a bang. I was extremely nervous to race, but before each of my races Sean pulled me aside and talked me through exactly how to run the race and helped calm me down. As a result of his training, I was able to run 2 state record times that day. During meets and practices, he was right with me every step of the way, pushing me to my limits, and I will always be so thankful to Sean for impacting my life in so many ways. 

-Brilee Pontius 2020

Coach Sean Maye is a difference-maker. He makes good athletes great and makes great athletes champions.

 

Both of our daughters have been trained by Coach Maye. Amy, our oldest daughter, was a two-sport (track and soccer) athlete in high school. She first competed at the high school level in track as a sophomore. During track season that year, she was participating in club soccer and high school track. She was very disappointed at the region meet when she just missed qualifying for the state championship meet in the sprints and long jump – only by a place or two.

 

Amy was determined to qualify for state during her junior year. She made the difficult decision to quit playing club soccer in the spring, allowing her to focus on track. (She still played high school soccer in the fall. After soccer season ended, she took a couple of weeks to recover and then turned her attention to track.) At the BYU Indoor Invitational Meet in January it was plain to see that all of the winning sprinters were from a club called Gold Medal Athletics (GMA). We found the GMA website, contacted Coach Maye and Amy started training with him.

 

During her junior year, Amy not only qualified for state, she placed 2nd in the 100 meter, 3rd in the 200 meter and 4th in the long jump. During her senior year, she was the state champion in the 100 meter and 200 meter and placed 3rd in the long jump. Thanks to Coach Maye and to Amy’s hard work and dedication, she was also awarded a track scholarship at a D-1 university.

 

Sarah, our youngest daughter, started with GMA during her freshman year. She followed the same pattern as Amy, playing high school soccer and then shifting her attention to track. After Amy’s success, we knew that Coach Maye would also maximize Sarah’s abilities. We were slightly concerned that Sarah might be too young to focus on track. However, because Amy loved her GMA experience (including practices), we decided to give it a go.

 

During Sarah’s first race at the BYU Indoor Invitational Meet, she broke Amy’s school record in the 60-meter and took 2nd place in the finals – as a freshman! In her first race of the outdoor season, she broke the school record in the 100 meter. Later that week, Sarah placed 1st in both the 100 meter and 200 meter at the Snow Canyon Invitational Meet.

 

Unfortunately, after only two outdoor meets all of the high school spring sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will never know if Sarah would have kept the 100 meter and 200 meter state championships in the family. However, during the abbreviated outdoor season, Sarah’s time in the 100 meter was the 8th fastest time in the nation for a freshman and her time in the 200 meter was the 4th fastest for a freshman. Based on her performances she was named the top female freshman of the year by MileSplit Utah.

 

Coach Sean Maye and the Gold Medal Athletics Track Club experience he provides makes a difference. Why? First, because coaching matters. Sean’s individualized approach helps runners achieve their highest level of fitness and optimal form – peaking when it matters. Second, training with and competing against the fastest runners in the state at practice 2-3 times a week maximizes training sessions and boosts confidence. Third, Coach Maye creates a positive atmosphere for the athletes and their families. Everyone loves Coach Maye and the GMA experience!

 -Jim and Jenny Ballard 2020

“Our son Garen, started training with Sean Maye and Gold Medal Athletics in 2015 when he was a Junior in High School. He had a passion for running, a desire to progress and obtain the goals he had set for himself. Within a short time at GMA, we could already see improvement and great potential for progress. He went from running 11.60 100M in his Sophomore year to 11.30 in his Junior year, then to a 10.92 in his Senior year.

 

Sean has this ability to connect with the kids and we could see that right away with our son. He knew how to encourage Garen and helped him recognize just how obtainable his goals really were and to see his overall potential without ever tearing him down. Sean really loves the kids he works with and wants to see them succeed, in track and in life.

 

Garen suffered a hamstring injury his senior year at the BYU indoor and Sean was able to set up a plan along with his physical therapist to keep him training so he would be ready for the outdoor season. The knowledge and experience Sean has is remarkable. Even after his injury Garen went from ranking in the top “100” in his events to top “10” and became a State Champion in the 100M & 200M his senior year.

 

Sean has been an amazing influence and we will be forever grateful for the huge difference he has made in our son’s life. He is flat out the best sprint coach in the state! We would recommend him to anyone!”

-Gary and Laura Earley

What a difference proper training makes! We always knew Dallin was fast but to become a state champion it takes more than talent.  Through his involvement with Gold Medal Athletics and Sean, Dallin learned about proper nutrition for his body type and training practices such as the proper way to warm up his muscles to prevent injury.  Dallin was nervous at first attending practices but he quickly found the team to be supportive and positive. Only the kids that really want to improve come, so practices are very productive. He quickly found that consistently running against good competition improved his own skills.  To run fast you have to…. run fast. When you run with Sean, you are surrounded by such good competition that you have to run fast at practice. Sean can help a young athlete move to the next level by watching a race and giving immediate feedback on how to improve. He can also guide your track season by recommending the races and practices that will help an athlete peak at the right time. Because of the training Sean offered, Dallin was able to accomplish more than he ever imagined, but Sean was able to see his potential from the start.    

 

Though Sean is very talented at training his athletes physically, one of his greatest talents is preparing his athletes mentally. His rapport with his athletes is remarkable.  He has a way of helping them feel accomplished but always encouraging them to achieve. Dallin walks away from every practice excited. Sean inspires his athletes and then proceeds to build their strength through deliberate and intentional practice.  Sean was always so positive with Dallin. You're going to have “bad” days or races. Sean can give the right motivation and recommendations to overcome plateaus and rough times.

 

During his time with Sean, Dallin’s times steadily decreased. His freshman year he took 4th at state running an 11.47; his senior year he took first and ran 10.53.  He finished his high school career running 10.49 at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships. His 200 times show similar improvements. He ran a 23.79 his freshman year and by the time he was a senior, he was running 20.96.  He has taken state championships in the 100m, 200m and the 400m as well as been involved in key meets such as Simplot, Arcadia, New Balance Indoor Nationals, and other USATF meets that have allowed him to run against the very best. All of these opportunities have come because of Dallin’s training with Sean.  Our son's experience with Sean and Gold Medal Athletics will impact him for a lifetime, and we feel extremely blessed to have been led to such an amazing coach.

-Lisa Draper

“Sean has been not only my mentor but one of my greatest friends and inspirations for 3 years. I started out as a mediocre freshman and finished with the top 400 in the state for the 2015 season and also seventh all time from Utah. He is the perfect coach for preparing you for the collegiate level.

Dallin started the summer after my freshman year and my times at that point were:

400: 52.17
200: 23.89

After a year of training I dropped time huge.

400: 49.38
200: 22.71

Again I dropped some good time my junior year.

400: 48.43
200: 21.88

And again my senior year.

400: 47.63
200: 21.6

Through his physical demanding training, mental toughness, and dedication to his athletes, Sean has created a club team that could rival most across the board nationally. We had 2 people ranked nationally as elites. Me (Nick Ashby) and Chase Heiner. If you want to be the best in high school and still do well in college you train with Sean Period.”

-Nick Ashby /Orem High

"Sean Maye has been an essential part in the training and development of my son, Jeff. For five years Sean trained Jeff and helped him develop his skills and talents. During that time, Jeff won numerous state titles and regional awards. Through his high school years, Sean was an influential part of Jeff becoming a two time state champion and a high school all-American. Through Jeff's hard work and Sean's tutelage, Jeff was able to get a full ride scholarship in track and field to Boise State University. The -time and money that was spent in training Jeff and helping him hone his skills was more than rewarded when He signed his National letter of intent to attend college. Sean has been a major reason Jeff developed as he did. Thanks Sean. It has been a great ride and we look forward to the continued success of one of your athletes." 

-Greg Daw 2009

"Sean worked with my son Andy for four years, starting in the 9th grade through high school graduation and even into college.  Not only is he a fantastic coach to greatly increase speed, track skills, and execution, Sean has also been an excellent example and friend.  His personal attention and dedication to Andy has made all the difference, both on and off the track. He created personalized warm-up routines that were just what Andy needed.  Sean is an amazing blend of motivator and realist. He always saw Andy’s potential, and pushed him to achieve. He helped Andy see that anything was possible with focus, commitment and preparation.  Through successes and setbacks, victories and injuries, Sean always had an expert plan for each circumstance."

Sean’s results for Andy speak for themselves.

-Ranked #8 indoor nationally 400m
-Ranked #19 outdoor nationally 400m

-Al Rounds

"Our daughter McKenna began running with Sean in 2013 when she was a Freshman in High school. At that time she was running about a 65 second 400m and had the desire to improve. Sean was able to pick up on her potential and encourage her to train hard.  He put together a training plan for indoor track and outdoor track working her in a very progressive manner. This allowed her to train hard but stay on top of recovery and injury prevention. By State Track 2014 my daughter was able to run a 57.50 400m and place third at state. Sean is very easy to work with and has the knowledge and experience to help any runner willing to work hard see great improvement.  He understands fueling systems and adaptations systems within the body so that he can train individuals to be their best. He knows when to push them hard and when to have them take recovery time. He teaches them how to care for their bodies talking with them about various things from fueling, hydration and muscle repair. He is also very encouraging and positive and creative with his workouts. This keeps the athletes interested and engaged in their training.  If you are looking for a coach who cares about you as an athlete and takes a huge interest in your success we would highly recommend Sean Maye."
-Dave and Lisa Neyman

“Let me tell you, looking back at where I started and seeing where I am now, it seems impossible. To be honest it felt impossible. Winning state wasn't just a walk in the park, and it wasn't winning every meet or getting the best times the whole season. It was starting from ground zero (mentally and physically) and slowly building myself up day by day. The first three months I was training with Sean I was weak, made a lot of dumb excuses to not run, and was incapable of ever finishing a workout. The only reason I felt like that was because I didn't have a strong mind. I may have had strong and powerful legs, but being naturally talented wasn't going to get me anywhere if I wasn't willing to do the work.

 

Throughout the season Sean pushed me to my limits, both mentally and physically. There were so many times I cried during (and after) practice because I felt my efforts weren't being paid off and that I would never reach my goals.

Every single day of outdoor and indoor (pre-season practice) I was in the back of the group. Let me tell you, it hurt a little bit that I was trying my hardest but still not being the first person to pass the finish line during practice. I will be eternally grateful that Sean saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. I will always be grateful that nobody on our little team ever gave up on me when I was complaining, or constantly coming in last. As I eventually pushed past my limits I saw improvement. When the end of the 2015 track season came I had overcome not only Sean's torturous workouts, but I had overcome my doubts. As I was standing behind my blocks for the 100m finals at state, my mind was clear and I felt ready to run. Win or lose I was going to beat myself once and for all; and thankfully, I did. The thing about comebacks is they can happen to any of us. They're not a sacred gift reserved for the chosen few. No, comebacks are really just a measurement of who has the most guts and who refuses to be broken.”

-Paige Rasmussen /Orem High
4A State 100 Meter Champion

Our daughter Brinn started training with Sean and Gold Medal Athletics in 2015 right after her sophomore year in high school.  Brinn had goals to continue to improve, and to be able to get a scholarship to continue her running in college. Sean exceeded all of our expectations in helping her accomplish these goals.  Brinn has always worked hard, but Sean was able to focus that hard work and effort to help her accomplish her goals.

"Brinn was nervous at first, but the team really helped her feel welcome, and Sean immediately started challenging her and helping her improve.  She went from running:

100M in 12.63

200M in 26.20

400M in 1:00.23

to

100M in 12.25

200M in 24.64

400M in 55.55

Along with speed, Sean helped Brinn develop mentally.  Sean does an amazing job of working with runners and instilling in them the confidence they need to be successful.  One specific example of this was as Brinn prepared for the state championship in the 100M as a senior. Sean had taught her to visualize the race both from a perspective of leading the whole race, and needing to come from behind.  Sure enough as the race started, Brinn had a poor start and found herself behind the pack. However, she had the confidence from her visualization to run her race and was able to overcome her slow start and win.

 

All of this paid off her senior year.  With Sean’s coaching Brinn was able to win the State Championship in 3 Events:

100M 12.41

200M 24.64

400M 55.95

Not only that she also accomplished her goal of having a scholarship to run in college.
 

Running for GMA and Sean has transformed Brinn as a runner both physically and mentally.  Being able to run with several of the fastest runners in the state each week challenged her and helped her improve.  Sean is an amazing track coach and I am thankful Brinn was able to run with Gold Medal Athletics. If you are looking for someone to help your child improve in track, if you are looking for that mental edge, if you are looking for a supportive team of friends, try Gold Medal Athletics"

-Kevin & Shana Jensen

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