Men's Track Coach Martin Smith Honored as West Regional Coach of Year

May 27, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Track Coaches Association (USTCA) announced Monday that University of Oregon men's track and field head coach Martin Smith was tabbed West Regional Men's Coach of the Year.

The Ducks took second with 125 points in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships last weekend in Pullman, Wash., trailing only Stanford (first, 151). The Duck men featured five individual winners -- the most by the Ducks since 1990 and tops among the conference this season. At the national level, seven Duck men qualified for the NCAA Championships next week in Baton Rouge, La., and had four other automatic or provisional qualifiers.

The Ducks also currently rank ninth on the USTCA power rankings, a dual-meet power index based on a squad's top two individuals and their season bests in each event (except the 10K and decathlon).

Smith's selection was based on a vote by regional coaches, with the nine regional recipients now considered for National Coach of the Year honors, announced next week at the NCAA finale.

Other men's regional honorees included Greg Roy of Connecticut (Northeast), Charlie Powell of Pennsylvania (Mid-Atlantic), Bill Carson of East Carolina (Southeast), Terry Long of Florida State (South), Rick Watkins of North Texas (South Central), Ed Nuttycombe of Wisconsin (Midwest), Steve Rainbolt of Wichita State (Midwest), and Gregg Gensel of Utah State (Mountain).

Women's regional coach honorees included Lou Duesing of Cornell (Northeast), John Moon of Seton Hall (Mid-Atlantic), Curtis Fye of South Carolina (Southeast), Amy Deem of Miami (South), Don Hood of Southwest Texas (South Central), Wendel McRaven of Kent State (Great Lakes), Cliff Rovelto of Kansas State (Midwest), Ed Crawford of New Mexico State (Mountain) and Jeannette Bolden of UCLA (West).

The USTCA also awarded Men's and Women's Regional Athlete of the Year honors Friday to Anson Henry and Ellannee Richardson from Washington State.

For more information on the USTCA, go to their web site (www.ustrackcoaches.org). The team national power rankings are on a separate web site (www.team-power.org).

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