USTFCCCA Names D1 Coach of the Year Award in Honor of Beverly Kearney

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

February 25, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that the organization will name the Association’s Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year award in honor of USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and current University of Texas women’s head coach Beverly Kearney.

Bev Kearney, USTFCCCA Class of 2007

Kearney coached teams have won four NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships (1992, ’98, ’99, and 2006) and three NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships (1998, ’99, and 2006) and over 20 conference titles during her 20-plus head coaching career.  Kearney’s journey as a head coach began in 1982 when she took over the women’s program at Toledo before moving onto Tennessee as the top women’s assistant coach at age 26.  At age 29 Kearney was named the new head coach of the women’s track and field team at Florida where she quickly stamped her mark on the track and field world. 

In 1992, her Florida Gators won the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship giving Kearney her first of seven national team titles.  The ’92 team championship was a landmark as she became the first African-American to win an NCAA national team championship (men or women) in Division I Cross Country/Track & Field.  She was also the first female African-American track and field coach to win an NCAA national team title in any division.

Kearney’s achievements have been regularly recognized by her peers as the legendary head coach has earned nine National Coach of the Year awards (five indoor/four outdoor) and 21 conference Coach of the Year awards (11 indoor/10 outdoor). Student-athletes mentored by Kearney have combined for over 350 All-American accolades and over 50 individual and relay national titles.  In 1998, Kearney’s University of Texas indoor track and field team won the NCAA national title by the largest margin of victory for any team that has won a Division I women’s indoor track and field title.

In addition to coaching, Kearney served as the Division I Track & Field Coaches Association President from 1995-97, becoming both the first female and first African-American to hold the position. 

The 2009 Beverly Kearney Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year Award will be awarded Tuesday, March 17th, 2009.