Ben Thomas, Oregon: 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Assistant Coach of the Year

Thomas, in his third year at Oregon, guided his mid-distance and distance charges to a record-breaking season. Between January 29 and February 13, the Ducks set an all-time world best in the DMR at 9:19.42 and sent two men under the previous collegiate record in the mile (Cooper Teare’s name is on top of that list now at 3:50.39). Fast forward to the NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships and Thomas’ athletes won national titles in the 800 (Charlie Hunter), mile (Cole Hocker with a meet record), 3000 (Cole Hocker, again) and DMR. Oregon saw its mid-distance and distance athletes account for 52 of the team’s 79 points at the NCAA meet.