Holloway, Johnson Named D-I National Coaches of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 18, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces the National Coaches of the Year for the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season. Florida Head Coach Mike Holloway was named National Men’s Coach of the Year for the second-straight year as he led the Gators to a second-consecutive national team title and Oregon’s Robert Johnson was tapped as the Bev Kearney Award winner as National Women’s Coach of the Year. Johnson’s Ducks won their second-straight NCAA indoor team title as well.

National Men’s Coach of the Year
Mike Holloway, Florida

Florida’s men, coached by Holloway in his ninth season as head coach, won their second-straight and second overall NCAA indoor team title with 52 points, 12 ahead of runner-up Texas A&M. The Gators were led by junior Will Claye who picked up 18 points with a national title in the triple jump and runner-up showing in the long jump. Claye notched a new meet record of 56-10 (17.32m) in the triple jump with his winning final attempt. Sophomore Jeff Demps won his second-straight 60-meter crown and junior Christian Taylor finished second to teammate Claye in the triple. Florida is the first to win back-to-back crowns since Arkansas in 2005 and 2006.

Holloway also led the Gators to their first SEC team crown since 2004 as the squad notched ten individual crowns on the way to topping the podium. Florida was ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings in all weeks but one during the indoor season.

Recent Winners:
2011: Mike Holloway, Florida
2010: Mike Holloway, Florida
2009: Dan Steele, Oregon
2008: Greg Kraft, Arizona State
2007: Ed Nuttycombe, Wisconsin

 

Bev Kearney Award — National Women’s Coach of the Year
Robert Johnson, Oregon

Oregon’s women, mentored by Robert Johnson, also won back-to-back national titles and did so this year by a wide margin in topping runner-up Texas, 67-38. Twenty-nine points is the largest margin of victory since Texas won the 1998 title by 30 points over nearest challenger LSU. Oregon would be led by the 22 points of sophomore Jordan Hasay who won national crowns in the mile and 3000 meters as well as anchoring the Ducks to a second-place finish in the DMR. Hasay is the fifth overall and first to win the mile-3k double since Northern Arizona’s Johanna Nilsson did so in 2006. Fellow Duck junior Brianne Theisen reset the collegiate record in the pentathlon (4,540) for the second time in the season in winning her second-straight national title in the event.

In his first year as Oregon’s associate head coach, Johnson led the Ducks to the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team title and a number one national ranking throughout the season. Johnson is in his sixth year overall at Oregon.

 

Recent Winners:
2011: Robert Johnson, Oregon
2010: Vin Lananna, Oregon
2009: J.J. Clark, Tennessee
2008: Greg Kraft, Arizona State

2007: Greg Kraft, Arizona State