Chris Layne, Milligan (Tenn.): 2021 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Coach Athlete of the Year

Chris Layne, in his 23rd year as head coach at Milligan (Tenn.), led the program to a first-ever team title at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. The Buffs, who were ranked second in the nation going into the meet, won with 122 points and put three runners in the top-11, led by individual champion Alyssa Bearzi. Earlier in the season, Milligan also won the team title at the AAC Championships, along with the NAIA Southern States Challenge.