Nija Benjamin, Coach


Coach Nija Benjamin

Coach Nija Benjamin

Head Coach

High Altitude Training of Arizona welcomes coach BENJAMIN NJIA as Head Coach of the Elite Team. 

BENJAMIN NJIA is a IAAF certified coach by IAAF, head coach for the UAF police camp, manager of the Ugandan National Team and a lifelong athlete with elite experience in distances 800-21k. 


  • Lead the UAF National Team at Rio Olympic Games 2016. 
  • Guided Joshua Cheptegei to a 2017 World Championship Silver in the 10,000m, and again in 2019, Njia brought Cheptagai to a Gold medal in 10,000m at the World Championships. 
  • National coach for the Ugandan World Cross Country Team,  winning an individual Gold in Junior Men , and Team Uganda came second (Silver) overall.
  • Coached Team Uganda for the Gold Coast 2018 Common Wealth Games, winning three medals – two Gold and one Bronze.
  • Coached Team Uganda for World Cross Country 2019 and won Gold (Cheptagai) and Silver in senior men and a Team Gold, with an excellent performance from the Junior men’s team, taking Bronze and coming fourth in the Junior women’s division.


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