NCAA DI National Coaches of the Year For 2017 Indoor Season
NEW ORLEANS – National Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Winners were voted on by member coaches following the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in College Station, Texas.
QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS
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|National Assistant Coach of the Year||National Assistant Coach of the Year|
Information on each of the winners can be found below.
For a full list of former winners, you can check out the designated award page.
Pat Henry – Texas A&M
Henry’s Aggies entered the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships ranked 5th in the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings. If a team from the SEC was going to win the title, many thought it would be Florida – but after Texas A&M’s 4×400 team beat the Gators to the finish line this past weekend, the championship team trophy wasn’t leaving Gilliam Indoor Stadium. Henry coached the aforementioned 4×400 team to a collegiate record earlier in the season and guided Fred Kerley to a truly dominant season in the 400 meters (Kerley owned each of the top-5 all-condition times at the distance this past season). The Aggies peaked at the right time as evident by their two NCAA event titles (400, 4×400) and a pair of runner-up finishes by unsung heroes in Will Williams (long jump) and Audie Wyatt (pole vault). Henry last won this award in 2004 when he was a coach at LSU.
Robert Johnson – Oregon
It’s a no brainer that Johnson is picking up his 6th Division I National Coach of the Year award. Johnson’s Ducks captured another NCAA Division I indoor title under his watch this past weekend, thanks to event titles in the 60 (Hannah Cunliffe), 200 (Ariana Washington), 800 (Raevyn Rogers) and 60 hurdles (Sasha Wallace). Oregon set a single-meet team scoring record with their total of 84 points, which demolished the old mark set by Texas in 1988. During the regular season, Johnson led the Women of Oregon to the top rank in the nation and his athletes broke two collegiate records – one in the 60 and another in the DMR.
Ben Thomas – Virginia Tech
The Hokies scored 23½ points at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Thomas’ athletes tallied 21 of those by themselves – 2nd in the 800 (Drew Piazza), 2nd in the DMR and 4th in the mile (Neil Gourley). At the ACC Indoor Championships a few weeks earlier, Thomas’ athletes scored 62 of the team’s 109 points as they won the league title. Coming into NCAAs, Thomas’ athletes were ranked 2nd and 4th in the 800 and 11th in the mile. Thomas is the first coach from the ACC to win this award.
Curtis Taylor – Oregon
Taylor’s athletes were instrumental in the Ducks’ record performance at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Women of Oregon got 57 of their 84 points from athletes under Taylor’s watch. Hannah Cunliffe, Ariana Washington and Deajah Stevens went 1-3-5 in the 60 to give them 20 points there. Then Washington and Cunliffe went 1-2 in the 200 to add 18 more and become the first teammates to do that since 2010. Sasha Wallace won the 60 hurdles and Alaysha Johnson finished 8th to give them 11 more points. Then Oregon’s 4×400 team finished runner-up to Southern California and went under the former collegiate record in the process. Taylor also coached Cunliffe to a collegiate record in the 60 during the season. Taylor is the first Oregon coach to win this award since Robert Johnson was honored with it in 2010.