2014 USTFCCCA Convention Update: Special Events

2014 USTFCCCA Convention Update: Special Events

NEW ORLEANS – After days filled with professional and technical development opportunities at the 2014 USTFCCCA Convention – held December 15-18 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona – the evenings belong to a pair of collegiate track & field’s premiere events and other social events.

As part of the registration for the Convention, attendees are invited to attend Monday’s USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, Tuesday’s MONDO Dinner, and Wednesday’s presentation of The Bowerman Trophy – collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor.

Monday’s Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony will honor the Class of 2014 as it is formally accepted into the ranks of all-time great coaches. Chris Daymont, Tom Donnelly, Joey Haines, Lance Harter, Ed Nuttycombe and the late Johnny Thomas will be recognized for their exceptional careers as convention-goers enjoy a formal meal.

Tuesday’s MONDO Dinner is a chance for coaches to socialize with one another and enjoy the surroundings of the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge over a buffet-style meal. Weather pending, the event will be held outdoors.

The evening events will conclude Wednesday with the awarding of the iconic Bowerman Trophy to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes of the 2013-14 season. Now in its sixth year, the men’s trophy will go to either Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, Arizona’s Lawi Lalang or Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore. The women’s award is up for grabs between Arkansas State’s Sharika Nelvis, Texas’ Courtney Okolo and Oregon’s Laura Roesler.

A dinner reception will be held following the award show.

Other events to check out throughout the week include the "Women in Coaching" program on Sunday afternoon and the USTFCCCA Golf Scramble Monday morning.

This is the latest in a weekly series that each week will highlight different aspects of the 2014 USTFCCCA Convention and feature a unique facet of the convention experience.