Williams, Light, Mack & Suckstorf Earn Division II Indoor National Coach of the Year Honors
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Indoor Track & Field National Coaches of the Year, as voted by the nation’s head coaches, were announced by the national office Wednesday.
National Championship-winning head coaches George Williams of Saint Augustine’s and Rock Light of Adams State were named the men’s and women’s Indoor National Head Coaches of the Year, respectively.
Ashland’s Trent Mack earned the Men’s Indoor National Assistant Coach of the Year honor, while Wayne State’s (Neb.) Brett Suckstorf was named the Women’s Indoor National Assistant Coach of the Year.
For the second year in a row, Williams guided his Saint Augustine’s men to the national team indoor title in Winston-Salem, N.C., en route to earning his second straight Men’s Indoor National Head Coach of the Year honor. Needing a win to clinch the team title, his 4×400 relay team won by more than a second to give the Falcons the edge in the national team championship race over Adams State, 84½-83.
That 4×400 title was just one of five by Williams’ student-athletes over the course of the weekend. Men’s Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year DeJon Wilkinson claimed both the long jump and triple jump titles, Roxroy Cato won at 400 meters and Ty’reak Murray took the 60-meter hurdles.
Light’s first year at the helm of the Adams State track & field program couldn’t have gone any better on the women’s side as his Grizzlies women posted a 67-59 victory over Johnson C. Smith for the team championship.
His student-athletes claimed three individual national titles and another relay crown. Kayon Robinson won at 400 meters, while Alicia Nelson and Lauren Martin emerged as national champions from tight races at 3000 and 5000 meters, respectively. Nelson also anchored the distance medley relay team to victory to cap the first day’s action.
Wayne State (Neb.)
Mack was the guiding force behind a middle-distance corps that provided third-place Ashland 21 of its third-place 48 points in the team race. He coached Men’s Indoor National Track Athlete of the Year Drew Windle to the fastest time in Division II indoor history over 800 meters and a defense of his 2013 800 meters crown, and mentored the national champion distance medley relay team.
Suckstorf coached five throwers in 2014 who qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships as the entirety of the Wayne State delegation, three of whom scored a combined 12 points to boost the squad to a 16th-place team finish. Carly Fehringer finished runner-up in the weight throw and teammate Emily Wells was eighth, while Sara Wells finished sixth in the shot put.