Texas A&M’s Anderson is National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year For Third-Consecutive Time

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 23, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Texas A&M’s Vince Anderson as the 2010 National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year for outdoor track & field as voted by the nation’s coaches. Anderson, with coaching responsibilities at Texas A&M with sprints and hurdles, is a three-time consecutive winner of the award.

On the way to their second-straight national title, Texas A&M racked 65 of their 72 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the sprints, hurdles, and relays – areas in which Anderson has direct or shared roles of coaching responsibility.

At the NCAA Championships, Porscha Lucas won the 200-meter dash national crown for the second-straight year and added a runner-up showing in the 100. Sophomore Jeneba Tarmoh was runner up to Lucas in the 200 and was third in the 100 at the national meet. Junior Jessica Beard was second in the 400, sophomore Dominique Duncan placed fifth in the 200, and sophomore Vashti Thomas took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.

In addition, Anderson, along with Head Coach Pat Henry, supervised the Aggie 4×100-meter relay to a fourth-straight NCAA title and a runner-up showing in the 4×400. Lucas has been the second leg on each of the four Texas A&M championship 4×100 squads and is the first in NCAA to accomplish the feat. In addition, Texas A&M is undefeated in the sprint relay during postseason races over the past four years, which includes 19 races and 11 finals. The Aggies four-year average of winning times from 2007 to 2010 is a very impressive 42.71. The only other team to win four or more consecutive relays is LSU. The Tigers top four-year winning average was a 43.14 from 1994-1997. They also have a 43.22 average from 1992-1995 and 1993-1996.

Texas A&M’s sprinters and hurdlers tallied 98 of the team’s 157 to win a fourth-straight outdoor Big 12 team title. The Aggies won six of the seven sprint, hurdle, and relay events at the league meet. In addition, eleven athletes qualified for the NCAA West preliminary and nine advanced to Eugene. Plus, Aggie relays set collegiate records in winning Penn Relays titles in 4×200 and shuttle hurdle relays in 2010. The 4×100 squad also ran a world-leading time of 42.49 in the NCAA quarterfinal (West preliminary round).

Anderson is in his 25th year of collegiate coaching and his sixth at Texas A&M. Anderson also won this award in 2009 and 2008.

Past National Women’s Assistant Coaches of the Year:

2010: Vince Anderson, Texas A&M
2009: Vince Anderson, Texas A&M
2008: Vince Anderson, Texas A&M

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

National Track Athlete of the Year: Andrew Wheating, Oregon
National Field Athletes of the Year: Ashton Eaton, Oregon / Ryan Whiting, Arizona State
National Assistant Coach of the Year:
National Coach of the Year:

National Track Athlete of the Year: Lisa Koll, Iowa State
National Field Athlete of the Year: Brianne Theisen, Oregon
National Assistant Coach of the Year: Vince Anderson, Texas A&M
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