2019 NAIA Cross Country National Awards

NEW ORLEANS – National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NAIA Cross Country season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following the conclusion of the national championship meet.

USTFCCCA National Award History: Athletes of the Year | Coaches of the Year

Awards were voted on by member coaches based on results from both the postseason and during the regular season.

Scroll below to find out more about each of our winners.

USTFCCCA National Awards are presented by Pro Form Sports.

Men’s National Athlete of the Year

Mark Shaw, Oklahoma City

Shaw, a senior from Ormesby, Middlesborough, England, only recorded two finishes this season, but none bigger than his victory this past weekend at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. He pushed the pace halfway through the race and dropped a talented field on his way to victory in 24:39.5. Shaw also ran well in the multi-division race at the Chile Pepper Festival when he finished 14th overall.

Women’s National Athlete of the Year

Hannah Stoffel, Huntington (Ind.)

Stoffel, a junior from Huntington, Indiana, brought an individual title back to her hometown on Saturday at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. She ran unopposed from the 3K mark to the finish as she won by 16 seconds in 17:18.4. Stoffel won four other individual titles this year, including those at the Crossroads League Cross Country Championships, the Bethel University Cross Country Invitational, the Rumble in the Fort and IWU Wildcat Twilight Invitational.

Men’s National Coach of the Year

Matt Aguero, Oklahoma City

Aguerro, in his fourth year as head coach, led the Stars to the team title at the NAIA Cross Country Championships with 110 points, 61 points ahead of runner-up Taylor. Oklahoma City also won the team title at the Sooner Conference Championships and NAIA Mid-States Classic, and finished sixth against all divisions at the Chile Pepper Festival.

Women’s National Coach of the Year

Patrick Daugherty, Madonna (Mich.)

Daugherty, in his fifth year as head coach, led the Crusaders to the program’s first-ever team title at the NAIA Cross Country Championships with 111 points, 36 points ahead of runner-up College of Idaho. Madonna also won the team title at the Wolverine-Hoosier Conference Championships and Ray Bullock Invitational.