George Williams of Saint Augustine’s University was named the 2014 NCAA Division II national men’s outdoor track and field coach of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday.
“I didn’t win it, the kids won it,” Williams said. “When you have a good group of kids, anything can happen. I would like to thank my peers for voting for me.”
This is the second consecutive year and the seventh time overall that Williams has won the award. In March, Williams was selected the USTFCCCA Division II men’s indoor track & field head coach of the year for the second straight year.
Williams was honored after guiding Saint Augustine’s University to its second straight NCAA Division II men’s outdoor national title over the weekend. The Falcons have won the last two Division II men’s indoor national crowns as well. The men’s and women’s track and field programs under Williams have combined to win 35 NCAA Division II national championships.
North Carolina: The track and field teams will send 26 student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. The first round starts Thursday and concludes Saturday.
N.C. State: The track and field teams will send 18 student-athletes to compete in the NCAA East Regional.
The 18 Wolfpack preliminary competitors will participate in 15 events, including five first-time qualifiers in Ryanna Henderson (women’s 1,500), Megan Moye (women’s 1,500), Erika Kemp (5,000), Nicole Chavis (discus) and Jonathan Addison (high jump, long jump).
East Carolina: The track and field team is sending a program-best 20 student-athletes to participate in the NCAA East Regional.
East Carolina will be represented by 12 men in 10 events and eight women in nine events. The men’s events which feature the Pirates are the 200-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, 4x100-meter relay, high jump, long jump, pole vault, triple jump, discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw. The Pirate women will compete in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 4x100-meter, high jump, discus throw, hammer throw and javelin throw.
• Senior pole vaulter Henry Johnson was named to the Conference USA track and field all-academic team. Johnson has collected the honor for the second consecutive year.
On the field, Johnson set the school record in the indoor pole vault after tallying a height of 5.20-meters (17’ 00.25”). Johnson finished the indoor season with a second place finish at the C-USA Indoor Championships after recording a mark of 5.15-meters (16’ 10.75”) and was named to the All-Conference USA second team.
Duke: Duke sophomore Katie Dukovich was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-South Region first team, and junior teammate Caroline Williams was selected to the second team..
Dukovich and Williams were members of Duke’s varsity eight in and powered the boat to a fifth-place finish at the ACC Championships.