Frederick Striders Coaches

Debbie Thompson Brown, Head Coach
Coach Debbie founded the Frederick Striders Track & Field Club in 1989. She has over 40 years of experience in the sport as a competitor and coach. In 1964 Debbie went to Tokyo, Japan as a member of the U.S. Olympic team. In 1965 the U.S. State Department sent her to Australia as one of its athletic goodwill ambassadors. She then went to Europe as a member of the U.S. team competing in indoor track meets in Poland and West Germany – all of this while she was still 17. She set world records in the indoor 60 yard dash and outdoor 100 yard dash. In 1979 she was the first Frederick county female inducted into the Alvin G. Quinn (Fred. Co.) Sports Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. Over the past 10 years she has received AAU Coach of the Year Award at least 5 times. In 2010, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. She was selected from the Frederick High School Class of 1965 for embodiment of the Frederick High School motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve". A plaque will be on permanent display at the entrance of the Frederick High School track. This is the second year that the school has given this award to alumni.

Charles Brown, Weight Coach
Coach Brown is the co-founder of the Frederick Striders and is married to Debbie. Charlie competed in the 440 yard dash and the triple jump at Lincoln High School. He is a member of the 1961 Maryland State Basketball Championship Class C. He was inducted into the Alvin G. Quinn (Fred. Co) Sports Hall of Fame, for basketball, in 1997. His athletes have earned numerous medals in the shot put and discus events.

Willard "Billy" Talley, Sprint Coach
Coach Billy has been with the Frederick Striders track club since 1989, specializing in the sprint and relay events. He competed in the 440 yd. dash and the 1600 mile relay for Gaithersburg High School. He is a member of the 1966 State Championship Class 3A and received his gold medal on the mile relay team. He has coached little league baseball as well as youth basketball and football.

U B Brown, Assistant Coach
Coach UB has been with the Frederick Striders since 2011. He ran cross country and track for four years in high school in Florida. He competed and won several first place awards in the following events: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 5K and 10K. His most memorable competition was the 24 hour Panther Race in Okinawa, Japan. Teams of 12 men and women of the U.S. Marines competed to complete the most miles in a 24 hour time frame for a local charity. Each team member took turns running 1 mile, he ran a total of 24 miles with timed intervals being 5:05-5:55. He continues to run and successfully pass the fitness test for the U.S. Air Force.

Wayne Hilliard, Assistant Coach
Coach Wayne has been with the Frederick Striders coaching staff since 2013. His children began running with the Frederick Striders track club in 2008. He played football and wrestled in high school. Wayne served his country proudly in the United States Army. Wayne has enjoyed coaching the throwers alongside Coach Charles Brown. He stays active by training with his children in their sports.

Chioma Offurum-Obuekwe, Assistant Coach
Coach Chioma has been with the Frederick Striders since 2013. She is a great track and field athlete as she successfully competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. Her vast experiences in track and field are appreciated by the runners she coaches. Chioma enjoys running with her kids and says active by running several miles a day. She continues her commitment to running by being a current member of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club.

Ronald Elliott, Assistant Coach
Coach Ron joined the Frederick Striders in 2017. As an accomplished runner, his coaching technique focuses on runner’s cadence, stamina and body sensing. He is an avid runner who competed as a Sprinter in his youth up to High School. As a current member of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club he actively participates in Half Marathons, 10 Milers & other competitive races and challenges. Running is a shared passion in the Elliott household as his children also run for the Frederick Striders.