A&M’s Henry, Anderson Named USTFCCCA Women’s National Coaches of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

June 17, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – Texas A&M’s Pat Henry, and Vince Anderson were named the NCAA Division I Women’s Track and Field Coaches of the Year announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.

A&M Head Coach Pat Henry was named the Women’s National Head Coach of the Year after leading his Aggies to their first-ever NCAA Outdoor Track and Field title. The title marked the 13th outdoor title for the Aggie coach, as he earned 12 outdoor titles with the LSU women prior to his arrival in College Station.

In May, Henry’s Aggie squad took back-to-back wins at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship and the Midwest Regional championship marking the third straight year they have won both the conference and regional championships. Henry’s team proved all year long that they were the top team to beat, as they were never ranked below number two in the USTFCCCA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Rankings during the 2009 outdoor campaign.

Henry also led his men’s outdoor squad to the national team title marking the first time one team has swept the outdoor national titles since LSU in 1990, when Henry was the Tigers head coach.

Anderson, the Women’s National Assistant Coach of the Year, helped lead the Aggies to the women’s national team title as the Aggies scored 50 points. Oregon finished second with 43 points and Arizona State finished third with 41 points. Anderson is the sprints coach at A&M, and his sprinters made a big difference on the final day of competition, scoring 23 points. During the four-day event, Anderson’s sprinters scored 42 of the 50 team points.

His 4×100 meter relay team broke a 20-year old collegiate and NCAA meet record of 42.50 set in 1989 by LSU. The women’s relay crew of Khrystal Carter, Porscha Lucas, Dominique Duncan, and Gabby Mayo won A&M’s third consecutive NCAA title in this event with a World and American leading time of 42.36 seconds. With the NCAA title in the 4×100, the Aggies completed the season undefeated against collegiate competition in the event. They won a total of 18 races, with 14 of them finals.

In the Midwest Region meet, Aggie wins were attained in the 200 (Lucas), 400 (Jessica Beard) and 4×100 (Carter, Lucas, Duncan, Mayo) along with a runner-up effort in the 100 hurdles. The sprints, hurdles and relays combined for 59 points as Texas A&M won a third-consecutive region team title with a tally of 96 points.

Anderson’s sprint, hurdle and relay crews totaled 59 points of the 126.5 scored by Texas A&M in winning a third consecutive Big 12 Outdoor title. Conference titles were earned in the 200 (Lucas), 400 (Beard), 100 hurdles (Mayo) and 4 x 100 relay (Carter, Lucas, Duncan, Mayo).

Prior to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Anderson was honored as the South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.