Carius, Schumacher Honored as D-III National Coaches of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 10, 2010   

EUGENE, Ore. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Friday that Al Carius of North Central (Ill.) College and Chris Schumacher of Illinois Wesleyan were named the National Head Coaches of the Year for Outdoor Track & Field in Division III as voted by the nation’s coaches.

NATIONAL MEN’S HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR: Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)

North Central College, coached by Carius in his 44th year with Cardinals won their fifth NCAA Outdoor team title in a 17-point victory over Salisbury (36) and UW La Crosse (28). North Central also won NCAA crowns in the 2009-10 season in cross country and indoor track & field, becoming the first Division III squad since 2005-06 to win the “triple crown”.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEAD COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Schumacher, Illinois Wesleyan

Schumacher’s crew needed a third-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay to overtake UW Oshkosh for the women’s team title at the NCAA Championship and got that in a thrilling fashion, topping UW River Falls by under a second to tally their 54th point for the national crown. Schumacher, in his 13th year, and Illinois Wesleyan won the CCIW earlier in the season.

USTFCCCA 2010 National Award Winners, Division III, Outdoor Track & Field

MEN
National Track Athlete of the Year: Steve Headley, Springfield
National Field Athlete of the Year: Eric Flores, Cal Lutheran
National Assistant Coach of the Year: Guy Mosher, Central (Iowa)
National Coach of the Year: Al Carius, North Central (Ill.)

WOMEN
National Track Athlete of the Year: Marie Borner, Bethel (Minn.)
National Field Athlete of the Year: Ellie Sitek, UW Oshkosh
National Assistant Coach of the Year: Justin Lindsey, TCNJ
National Coach of the Year: Chris Schumacher, Illinois Wesleyan