The Bowerman Presentation To Highlight USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando

December 8, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The Bowerman, an award bestowed to the nation’s top collegiate men’s and women’s track and field athlete, will be presented for the first time Wednesday, December 16, in a ceremony that takes place in conjunction with the annual convention of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Held December 14-17 at the JW Marriot Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., the convention will also feature the annual induction of USTFCCCA Hall of Fame members, coaching symposiums, business meetings, and various other events.

Women’s finalists for the inaugural award include Jenny Barringer (Oviedo, Fla.) of the University of Colorado, Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) of the University of Texas, and Porscha Lucas (Plano, Texas) of Texas A&M University. Men’s finalists are Ashton Eaton (Bend, Ore.) from the University of Oregon, German Fernandez (Riverbank, Calif.) from Oklahoma State University, and Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) from the University of Oregon.

Over 1,100 people are expected to be in attendance for The Bowerman Presentation and Hall of Fame Induction Dinner which begins Wednesday at 7 p.m., Eastern, in the Marriott’s Coquina Ballroom. Lisa Malosky will emcee the evening’s events and Flotrack.com will stream the award presentation and Hall of Fame induction live on the internet.

The Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole.

The induction of the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Class of 2009 will also occur Wednesday evening as six honorees will be recognized. This year’s inductees are Arthur “Art” Gulden (Bucknell University), Franklin Pitcher “Pitch” Johnson (Drake University/Stanford University), Oscar Moore, Jr. (Rowan University), Charles “Chuck” Rohe (Furman University/University of Tennessee), Duane Vandenbusche (Western State College of Colorado), and Gary Winckler (Florida State University/University of Illinois).

In addition, the week will be filled with informational and professional sessions, promoting further development of collegiate and high school coaches. Many topics will be discussed within the Association’s annual business meetings, held throughout the week. In addition, meet directors and timers will have the opportunity to discuss and learn procedures pertaining to the newly-implemented Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).

For more information on the USTFCCCA Convention, visit ustfccccaconvention.com. More details about The Bowerman can be found at TheBowerman.org.

About the USTFCCCA
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is the non-profit professional organization that represents men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coaches in the United States. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members, including 93% of NCAA track & field programs. USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.