NCAA DIII National Coaches of the Year For 2017 Indoor Season

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

QUICK LINKS TO AWARDS

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

Men’s National Coach of the Year

Frank Gramarosso – North Central (Ill.)

Gramarosso’s Cardinals entered the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships ranked 6th in the USTFCCCA Pre-Championship Rankings. By the end of this past weekend’s meet, North Central (Ill.) shared the top spot on the podium with UW-La Crosse and moved one step closer to completing the coveted Triple Crown. Gramarosso’s Cardinals tallied 34 points with point scorers in the 3000, 5000, pole vault and both relays (DMR, 4×400). North Central (Ill.) actually sat in 2nd place before the 4×400 but vaulted ahead of UW-Whitewater thanks to its 3rd place finish in the final event. The Cardinals romped at the CCIW Indoor Championships earlier in the season, winning by 53½ points. This is the third time Gramarosso has won this award (2011 and 2012).

Women’s National Coach of the Year

Jeff Stiles – Washington (Mo.)

There was very little doubt throughout the regular season that Stiles’ Bears were the cream of the crop in NCAA Division III. WashU sat atop the USTFCCCA National Team Rankings for several weeks and entered NCAAs with a meet-best 11 entries. Stiles’ Bears held off a strong challenge from Ithaca at NCAAs to win the first title in program history. WashU scored points in the 60, 200, 400, 800, 60 hurdles and both relay events. This is Stiles’ 2nd coaching honor to go along with the National Cross Country Coach Award he won in 2011.

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year

Justin Kinseth – Benedictine (Ill.)

Kinseth’s charges stood out at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships – and throughout the regular season. It was in Naperville, Illinois where his athletes finished 3rd, 7th and 11th in the long jump and 3rd, 7th and 12th in the triple jump. Kinseth’s athletes also scored a staggering 77 points in the jumps at the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Indoor Championships. This is Kinseth’s first national coaching award from the USTFCCCA.

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

Lane Lohr – Washington (Mo.)

Lohr’s athletes played a major role in helping the Bears to their first national title in program history. WashU scored in 5 of the 6 events in which Lohr coaches. Lohr’s 4×400 relay team took national runner-up honors behind Nebraska Wesleyan. At the UAA Indoor Championships, his athletes scored 89 of the team’s 159 total points and won conference titles in the 60, 60 hurdles, 200, 400, pole vault and 4×400. Lohr is the first assistant coach from WashU to be named a National Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA.