NCAA DII National Coaches of the Year For 2017 Indoor Season

By Curtis Akey, USTFCCCA

March 14, 2017   

NEW ORLEANS – National Coaches of the Year for the 2017 NCAA Division II 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 II Indoor Track & Field Championships, which were held this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.

QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS

Men Women
National Head Coach of the Year National Head Coach of the Year
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 the designated award page.

Men’s National Head Coach of the Year

Jeremy Croy – Tiffin
Croy’s Dragons’ men’s program won their 2nd-straight NCAA Division II indoor title this past weekend, after heading into the competition ranked 3rd in the Pre-Championship USTFCCCA Computer Rankings. Winning by 11 points, Croy got event titles from Coy Blair (weight throw and shot put) and Marquise Corbett (long jump), in addition to Reginald Thomas and Jonte Baker finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively in the 60 meters. James Ngandu came in 2nd in the 5000 meters and 3rd in the 3000 meters, while Cameron Burrows placed 5th in the high jump and Dylan Cornwell scored a single point in the pole vault. Croy truly received an all-around performance from his team. At the GLIAC Championships, Croy’s Dragons placed 1st with five event titles.

Women’s National Head Coach of the Year

Rock Light – Adams State
Light’s women picked up the program’s 2nd indoor title in 4 years, thanks to event titles from Dianna Johnson in the 60 meters (7:34) and the distance medley relay squad (11:15.28), the latter of which set a new NCAA Division II indoor record. Sunayna Wahi added a point in the 60 meters in addition to placing 2nd in the 200 meters, while Roisin Flanagan placed 5th in the mile. Jenna Thurman finished 2nd in the 3000 meters and third in the 5000 meters for 14 points of her own. Light also guided Adams State to a RMAC Championship, posting four individual champions at the meet. His squad recorded 21 NCAA DII Provisional marks and seven NCAA DII Automatic Qualifying marks. Adams State’s distance medley relay was ranked 1st in the country during the regular season, while 10 other athletes/relays ranked in the top-10 at the Division II level this season.

Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year

Raymond Robinson – Tiffin
Robinson’s throwers were a big reason why the men’s team walked away with a title. Coy Blair scored 20 points on his own in winning the weight throw and shot put competitions. In his 5th year with the program, his throwers played an integral role in Tiffin’s GLIAC Championship, as they scored 24 team points. His shot put squad ranked 1st in the Division II squad rankings with the 1st, 9th, 16th, 21st, 26th and 32nd best marks in Division II across the regular season. Blair posted the 6th-best performance in Division II history this season under Robinson’s watch. Tiffin’s weight throw squad also ranked 2nd in the squad rankings.

Women’s National Assistant Coach of the Year

Peter Early – Merrimack
Early’s star pupil, Carly Muscaro, had as good a day as possible at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. Merrimack totaled 25 points for a 7th-place finish, with Muscaro breaking an NCAA Division II record in the 400 meters (51.78) on her way to her 2nd-straight 400 meter championship. Additionally, Muscaro won the 200 meter event title with a mark of 23.57. Early’s  4×400 relay squad also finished 4th at the meet with a time of 3:44.40. In in his 3rd year with the program, Early guided Muscaro to a historic regular season. Muscaro ran top times in the nation in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 500 meters, but it’s what she did in the last two that really stood out. In the 400, Muscaro ran the then-2nd fastest time in NCAA Division II history (52.27). Then in the 500, Muscaro ran the 2nd fastest time in collegiate history with her effort of 1:09.05 at the Scarlet and White Invitational in Boston. Early also coached Michaela Pernell to a qualifying time in the 60 meters as well as a New England title.