2022 USTFCCCA National High School T&F Coaches of the Year

Dominance.

Point-blank. End of story.

The boys from Salesianum School (Del.) and the girls from St. John’s College High School (D.C.) both left no doubt as to their place among the pantheon of their respective state’s and district’s all-time teams. That is why their respective coaches – Tim Byrne and Desmond Dunham – were named the USTFCCCA National Boys and Girls Track & Field Coaches of the Year Presented by the United States Marine Corps on Friday.

Byrne and Dunham were chosen by a panel of experts from the original list of state-by-state winners that was released in July. They will be feted at the 2022 USTFCCCA Convention, which will be held December 12-15 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center outside of Denver.

TRACK & FIELD COACHES OF THE YEAR HISTORY

YEAR
BOYS WINNER
GIRLS WINNER
STATES
2021
Shelton Ervin
Summer Creek (Texas) HS
Mike McCabe
Union Catholic Regional (N.J.) HS
2020
Devon Hind
Hoover (Ala.) HS
Paul Scruggs
Panther Creek (N.C.) HS
Not Awarded
2019
Jason Roach
Pickerington Central (Ohio) HS
June Villers
DeSoto (Texas) HS
2018
Tom Loy
East Canton HS (Ohio)
Alex Armenteros
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
2017
Juris Green
The Woodlands HS (Texas)
Jesse Griffin
Lee’s Summit West (Mo.)
2016
Pete Boudreaux
Catholic HS (La.)
Jeff Carpenter
Bishop Kelly HS (Idaho)
2015
Aaron Berndt
Wayzata HS (Minn.)
Carmen Jackson
Miami
Northwestern HS (Fla.)
2014
Michael Fields
Hinds AHS (Miss.)
Dave Turnbull
Summit HS (Ore.)

Here’s the crux: Salesianum School and St. John’s College High School both scored the most points in the history of their respective state’s and district’s championships for their gender, whether it be for the division (the former) or the entire meet (the latter).

Salesianum rolled into the DIAA State Track & Field Championships following a commanding performance at the New Castle County Championships one week earlier. Byrne’s team won the county title with 198 points, 132 more than the runner-up. Salesianum captured eight event titles and had multiple scorers in nine events over the two-day meet.

Then the juggernaut decimated the rest of Division I in the state capital of Dover.

Salesianum amassed 170 points – 10 more than the previous DI high and narrowly missing the all-time state best of 177 points, set by DII champion A.I. du Pont in 2018. Salesianum School compiled five events titles and scored in 17 different events. Notable efforts were turned in by Salesianum’s 4×200 relay team, which set a meet record of 1:27.77, as well as Ryan Banko, who nearly toppled a 40-year-old DI record in the 3200 (Banko went 9:28.85, record is 9:28.5h).

St. John’s College High School didn’t have a tune-up meet to prepare for the DSCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but had a resolve-testing regular season schedule instead. The Cadets sent athlete  to the Penn Relays, the Emerging Elite Track & Field Invitational as well as the Gator Track & Field Invitational over the same weekend in April.

It’s safe to say St. John’s College High School was ready for the best D.C. had to offer.

The Cadets steamrolled their opponents on the track (and in the field) at Dunbar High School. St. John’s College High School amassed a staggering 212 points – more than triple the amount that the runner-up scored – thanks to 10 event titles and scorers in 17 events. The Cadets went 1-2-3 in both the 100 and 400 and snagged three of the four relay crowns (4×100, 4×200, 4×400).

St. John’s College High School then made waves at the adidas Outdoor Nationals. The Cadets got an open-event title from Cymia Yourish in the freshman 400 and then snagged 4×400 relay gold in the National Elite division, among other achievements.

This is the first time that coaches from Delaware and D.C. have been named National High School Boys and Girls Track & Field Coaches of the Year. All told, the USTFCCCA has honored 18 coaches from 14 different locales: Texas (3), Florida (2), Ohio (2), Alabama, Delaware, D.C., Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and Oregon.