Buchholtz, Dorsey, Carius & Wagner Voted as Indoor Division III National Coaches of the Year
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Indoor Track & Field National Coaches of the Year, as voted by the nation’s head coaches, were announced by the national office Wednesday.
UW-La Crosse’s Josh Buchholtz and UW-Oshkosh’s Ben Dorsey followed up their men’s and women’s national team titles, respectively, with Indoor Division III National Head Coach of the Year honors for men’s and women’s teams.
Al Carius of North Central (Ill.) and Katie Wagner of UW-La Crosse were voted men’s and women’s Indoor National Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively.
For the second consecutive season Buchholtz led his UW-La Crosse men to the national team indoor title, this time with a 63½-48 advantage over runner-up UW-Eau Claire. Under his watch, Dominique Neloms won the individual long jump title and the Eagles recorded five other top-three finishes. His squad led the nation with 18 All-America honors.
Prior to the NCAA Championships, the Eagles claimed the WIAC Championships in convincing fashion, outscoring UW-Eau Claire by more than 50 points, 189-131.
Dorsey is also the National Women’s Head Coach of the Year for the second straight year after his Titans defending their national team title with a narrow 67-65 victory over pre-meet favorite UW-La Crosse.
His student-athletes collected five national titles to drive UWO to the team crown. Christy Cazzola won both in the mile and at 3000 meters, as well as in the distance medley relay, while Kylee Verhasselt claimed the 800 meters title and Jecel Klotz took the shot put.
North Central (Ill.)
Carius’ distance runners accounted for all of North Central (Ill.)’s 21 team points as the Cardinals finished seventh overall as a team. Under Carius’ tutelage, John Crain turned in one of the championships’ best performances with individual wins at both 3000 and 5000 meters.
Of North Central’s 11 entries, eight came in the distance events – including five at 5000 meters – and another way the distance medley relay.
Wagner, who coaches jumps, hurdles and multi-events for UW-La Crosse, saw her student-athletes take three of the top four spots in the triple jump, led by champion Bria Halama and runner-up Bailey Alston. Alston also finished runner-up in the long jump.
She also coached Jamie Ludwigson, who took third in the 60-meter hurdles and was fourth in the triple jump. Between those three events Halama, Alston and Ludwigson combined for 37 of the Eagles’ 65 team points.