National Coaches of the Year Announced for 2016 NCAA DI Outdoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – Following the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday this season’s National Coaches of the Year.

National championship-winning head coaches Mike Holloway of Florida and Lance Harter of Arkansas were named the Men’s and Women’s Coaches of the Year, respectively.

Texas A&M’s Kris Grimes and Oregon’s Curtis Taylor were voted Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively.

The winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches.

Read more about all four honorees below.

 

MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

MIKE HOLLOWAY — FLORIDA

Hollway, in his 14th season leading the Florida program, coached the Gators to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Team Championship with 62 points. His athletes won a pair of national titles in the 400 (Arman Hall) and 400-hurdles (Eric Futch) to go along with a trio of runner-up finishes. Futch paired with TJ Holmes to sweep the top two spots in the 400-meter hurdles final. His men scored in seven different events spanning the sprints, jumps and throws.

During the regular season his Gators finished sixth at the SEC Championships.

 

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

LANCE HARTER — ARKANSAS

Harter, in his 26th year with Arkansas, led the Razorbacks to their first-ever NCAA Outdoor Championships national team title with 72 points. In defeating defending champ Oregon by 10 points, Harter’s women won national titles in the 5000, 10,000, and pole vault. His squad also produced national runner-up finishes in the 400 meters, steeplechase and 4×400 relay. Overall, his athletes scored in eight different events.

He led his No. 1-ranked squad to 21 entries into Eugene, a final-site meet-best. He guided the Razorbacks to their sixth SEC outdoor title as four won individual event titles.

 

MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

KRIS GRIMES — TEXAS A&M

Grimes, in his third year as jumps and decathlon coach with the Aggies, guided a pair of athletes to national titles at the NCAA Championships. He coached Lindon Victor to the decathlon crown and Latario Collie to the win in the triple jump. Lathone Collie also finished seventh in the triple jump. He advanced a trio of athletes in two events – pole vault, triple jump – along with one athlete each in long jump and decathlon to NCAA final site in Eugene.

During the regular season, decathlete Victor set career-bests in 9-of-10 events and won the SEC decathlon title with meet record 8,446 points, which ranks fourth all-time among collegians.

 

WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

CURTIS TAYLOR — OREGON

Taylor, in his third season with the Ducks, guided Oregon sprinters and hurdlers to 40 points at the NCAA Championships. The Ducks were led by a 1-2 sweep at 200 meters by Ariana Washington and Deajah Stevens, a win at 100 meters by Washington, and a third-place finish in the 4×100 relay. Washington became the first woman to sweep the 100 and 200 titles since 2003, and ran the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history at 200 meters.

During the regular season he helped the Oregon women to their eighth-straight Pac-12 Championship, a conference record. He coached the 4×100 to a school record of 42.68 at the Mt. SAC Relays, making Oregon the third-fastest school in NCAA history. He coached athletes to Pac-12 individual titles in the 100, 200, 100 hurdles and 4×100 relay, and the Ducks swept the top three spots at the Pac-12 meet in the 100 and 200, something that has never been done in conference history.