NCAA DIII National Award Winners For 2019 Outdoor Season

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes & Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

These awards were voted on by USTFCCCA member coaches based on performances at both the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held this past weekend in Geneva, Ohio, and throughout the regular season.

USTFCCCA National Award History

Information on each of the winners can be found below.

USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

National Athletes of the Year

Men’s Track – Dhruvil Patel, North Central (Ill.)

Patel, a senior from Skokie, Illinois, capped a historic year at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. He became just the 11th man in NCAA DIII history to complete the distance double as he won individual titles in the 5000 and 10,000. Earlier in the season, Patel broke a 42-year-old NCAA DIII record in the 5000 with his time of 13:51.40 at the Cardinal Classic. He also clocked the third fastest time in NCAA DIII history over 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational when he ran 28:50.87.

This is the first time that an athlete from North Central (Ill.) has been named National Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year since Mike Spain in 2011.

Men’s Field – David Kornack, UW-Eau Claire

Kornack, a senior from Edgar, Wisconsin, rewrote the record book during his final collegiate season. He ended the year with three of the top-10 marks in NCAA DIII history in the shot put, including the seventh-best heave of 19.38m (63-7). With his winning throw of 19.32m (63-4¾) at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships, Kornack became just the second man in NCAA DIII history with three throws of more than 63 feet in a season. Kornack also added a third-place finish in the discus in Geneva, Ohio, to give him a total of 16 points.

This is the first time that an athlete from UW-Eau Claire has been named National Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and the first from the WIAC since Kyle Steiner in 2008.

Women’s Track – Gabrielle Noland, Loras

Noland, a junior from Rockford, Illinois, starred on the biggest stage of the season. She scored 23 points at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships with victories in the 100 and 200, helping the Duhawks to their first 4×100 relay crown in program history and carrying the baton on the seventh-place 4×400 relay. Noland became just the second woman since 2005 to win the 100 and 200 at the same NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships and her time in the 200 of 23.44 broke the meet record and was the second fastest mark ever recorded in NCAA DIII history. Not to mention her time in the 100 of 11.47w was the fastest all-conditions winning mark in meet history. Noland entered the national meet ranked No. 1 in both the 100 and 200.

This is the first time that an athlete from Loras has been named National Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Women’s Field – Annie Wright, George Fox

Wright, a senior from Granite Bay, California, did it all across each of the seven events she competed in during the heptathlon. She had two shining moments in 2019: One at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships where she won the national title in the event; The other at the Westmont Collegiate Classic back in March when she recorded the third best total in NCAA DIII history (5307), the best mark since 1992 and the best mark under the new javelin rules. Wright also nearly qualified for the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships in the shot put individually.

This is the first time that an athlete from George Fox has been named National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and the third heptathlete to win this honor since 2008.

National Coaches of the Year

Men’s Coach – Chip Schneider, UW-Eau Claire

Schneider, in his 17th year as head coach of the program, led the Blugolds to the national title at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships with 68 points, 30 more than runner-up MIT. UW-Eau Claire entered the meet as the projected favorite according to the National TFRI and wouldn’t be denied as Schneider’s group had three men score 11 or more points. Those 68 team points were the most amassed by a winning team since 2015 and the second most in the past 12 years.

This is the first time that Schneider has been named National Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year.

Men’s Assistant Coach – Dan Schwamberger, UW-Eau Claire

Schamberger, in his 12th year coaching the distance athletes at UW-Eau Claire, watched his men play a big role in helping the Blugolds win the national title. Darin Lau, Kyler Lueck and Patrick Treacy combined for 25 of UW-Eau Claire’s 68 points in Geneva, Ohio. Lueck totaled 18 of those by himself with a victory in the 800 and a runner-up finish in the 1500, while Lau finished top-5 in both the 5000 and 10,000. During the regular season, Schwamberger’s athletes were ranked in the top-5 nationally in four different events.

This is the first time that Schwamberger has been named National Men’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year.

Women’s Coach – Matt Jones, Loras

Jones, in his sixth year as head coach of the Duhawks, led the women to national title with 53 points, four more than runner-up Washington (Mo.). Loras only had nine entries into the meet, but were extremely economical with them, winning four national titles (100, 200, 10,000, 4×100) and finishing in the top-6 of two additional events (5000 and 400H). During the regular season, the Duhawks flew all the way to the No. 1 spot in the National TFRI and had athletes scattered about the national leaderboard in multiple events.

This is the first time that Jones has been named National Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year.

Women’s Assistant Coach – Adam Haldorson, George Fox

Haldorson, in his ninth year with the Bruins, does it all. No, really. Haldorson coaches the long sprints, hurdles, high jump, long relays and combined events. His athletes combined to score 24 of George Fox’s 36 points at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships, which included a national title in the 400 and the heptathlon. Annie Wright had a historic season in the multi as she put up the third best total in NCAA DIII history of 5307 points. That is also the best score recorded by an NCAA DIII athlete since 1992 and the best score ever recorded using the new javelin rules.

This is the second year in a row that Haldorson has been named National Women’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year, the first time that has ever been done in award history.