USTFCCCA Announces Division III Coaches and Assistant Coaches of the Year
NEW ORLEANS – Al Carius of North Central (Ill.) and Marcus Newsom of Wartburg were recognized Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as recipients of National Coach of the Year Awards as chosen by the nation’s coaches for the indoor track & field season in Division III. In addition, Tim Winder of North Central and Katie Wagner of UW La Crosse were named National Assistant Coaches of the Year.
NATIONAL MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR: Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)
Carius, in his 44th season at North Central College, witnessed his Cardinals win their second NCAA indoor team championship and their first since 1989. The Cardinals tallied 52 1/3 points and claimed three event victories, including their first indoor national title in the 4×400-meter relay (Jon Howard, Jon Caron, Dayton Henriksen, and Dan Benton). Seniors Kyle Brady and Jake Winder won individual national titles in the 5000 meters and pole vault, respectively. For Winder, it was his second-consecutive pole vault title and led the Cardinal 16 1/3-point rally in the event. Benton finished second in the 400 meters before anchoring the 4×400 team to victory. Earlier in the season, NCC won their tenth-consecutive CCIW conference championship.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR: Marcus Newsom, Wartburg
Newsom, in his 12th year with Wartburg, led the Knights to their second-straight national team title at last weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships. Using a victory in the meet’s finale, the 4×400-meter relay, the Knights were able to push their point total to 33, nudging out UW Oshkosh (29) for the top spot. Along with the national title won by Nevada Morrison, Jenny Kordick, Chelsey Jacobs, and Faith Burt in the 4×400, sophomore Skye Morrison added 10 points with a first-place performance in the long jump. Burt, a sophomore, claimed third in the 55 meters. In addition this season, Wartburg won their eighth-consecutive IIAC title, notching 11-championship titles and seven conference records in the process.
NATIONAL MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Winder, North Central (Ill.)
Winder, in his 16th year with North Central College, helped guide the Cardinals to their first indoor NCAA team title in 21 years as four of his pole vault pupils claimed 20 1/3 points in the national meet. Tim’s son, Jake, a senior, captured his second-straight individual title with a vault of 16-9½ (5.12m). Freshman Thomas Stacy finished third in the vault while sophomore John Wood and freshman Peter Geraghty placed fifth and in a tie for eighth, respectively.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR: Katie Wagner, UW La Crosse
Wagner, in her third year as a member of the UW La Crosse staff, helped guide the Eagles to a sixth-place national team showing as 14 of their 20 team points at the NCAA Indoor Championships were tallied in the jumps. UW-L’s Ashton May scored a second-place performance in the long jump and added a third-place national finish in the triple jump. In total, Wagner qualified a high jumper, long jumper, triple jumper, and pentathlete to the NCAA meet. In addition, the Eagles won the team title of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Conference. At the conference meet, her athletes scored 61½ of the team’s 166½ points.