Dumble, Quintana Named National Assistant Coaches of the Year
June 12, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) released its list of assistant coaching awards for the 2006 outdoor track and field season with Arizona State University's David Dumble (women's throws) and Louie Quintana (women's distance) earning both west district and national assistant coach of the year honors, the association announced June 9. Both coaches were instrumental in helping the Sun Devils win their first Pac-10 title as well as finish among the Top 4 in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.
'For Louie and David being recognized as assistant coaches of the year, to me, is not a surprise,' Head Coach Greg Kraft said. 'The surprise would be if they had not been recognized. When you look at the team's success, starting with cross country, we were Pac-10 runners-up and fourth in the country. Then, we had success indoors with the emergence of Sarah Stevens, who was probably the best freshmen in the country across the board, and you look at Amy Hastings winning a national title.
'You also look at Jessica Pressley maturing throughout the year after having a disappointing indoor season to come back and have the type of meet she had outdoors really speaks volumes of her ability and the patience these coaches have had with their athletes,' Kraft, the 2006 USTFCCCA West District Women's Coach of the Year, continued. 'When you look at the roster, we are only going to get better and it is because of what David and Louie have done and continue to do. This much a much deserved honor for both coaches.'
Dumble's throwers had a solid year in the field led by sophomore Pressley and freshman Stevens. The rookie, after a redshirt season, finished third in the shot put at the NCAA indoor meet to help the team place third overall. She then qualified in three events at the outdoor meet, one of only three women in the nation to do so, as she competed in the shot put, discus and hammer. Stevens placed fourth in the shot put to earn her second All-America honor.
Pressley scored for the team in the discus and the shot put while attaining her second and third All-America honors. Dumble also played a role in the success of two multi-event athletes, Jacquelyn Johnson and Joshua Kinnaman. Johnson won her third NCAA title and second in the outdoor heptathlon while Kinnaman scored for the team by placing sixth in the 10-part event to earn his second All-America honor of the year.
Dumble has one of the more talented stable of throwers in the nation as he currently has Pressley and Stevens, the top ranked high school thrower in 2004 and 2005, respectively, competing while Ryan Whiting, the 2005 Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year redshirted the 2006 season and will be in the field for the Sun Devils next year. Prior to the two women competing for Dumble, the women's program had recorded just nine All-America honors in the throws between 1977 and 2001 while Pressley (three) and Stevens (one) already having combined to record four total honors.
Quintana also saw several of his athletes record solid seasons, including Amy Hastings and Victoria Jackson winning national titles during the year. Hastings won the indoor 5,000m run and earned All-America honors in cross country, the indoor 5,000m run and the outdoor 10,000m run, the fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, of her career. She also is the only Sun Devil harrier to earn three All-America honors in cross country (men included). Jackson earned her second All-America honor while closing out her final collegiate meet with a victory in the 10,000m run.
Quintana's distance runners were a large part of the success of the program this year. The cross country team finished second in the Pac-10 before taking fourth in the national meet. Hastings, Jackson and Jenna Kingma (3,000m run) each contributed points to the team's third-place finish indoors before the distance corps posted 71 of the team's 154 points scored en route to winning the team's first Pac-10 title. Hastings and Jackson scored 15 of the team's 37 points to help ASU place tied for fourth at the outdoor meet.
The awards are the third and fourth of the season for the Sun Devil track and field team. Kraft was selected as the 2006 USTFCCCA West District Women's Coach of the Year while Jacquelyn Johnson was honored as the 2006 USTFCCCA West District Women's Field Athlete of the Year.
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Women's Throws
East Region - April Smith, Appalachian State
Mideast - Doug Reynolds, Kentucky
Midwest - Mark Colligan, Nebraska
West - David Dumble, Arizona State (national winner)
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Men's Throws
East - Greg Jack, Virginia Tech (national winner)
Mideast - Brett Halter, Missouri
Midwest - Mario Santegna, Texas
West - Dan Lange, USC
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Women's Distance
East - Dave Hartman, Georgia
Mideast - Mike McGuire, Michigan
Midwest - Randy Hasenback, Wichita State
West - Louie Quintana, Arizona State (national winner)
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Men's Distance
East - Jason Dunn, Virginia
Mideast - George Watts, Tennessee
Midwest - Paul Ereng, UTEP (national winner)
West - James Li, Arizona
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Women's Jumps/Combined Events
East - Barry Shumpert, Miami (national winner)
Mideast - Fritz Spence, Missouri State
Midwest - Jim VanHootegen, Texas A&M
West - Anthony Curran, UCLA
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Men's Jumps/Combined Events
East - Dan Pfaff, Florida
Mideast - Jake Jacoby, Louisville
Midwest - Mario Sategna, Texas (national winner)
West - Dave Rodda, Long Beach State
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Women's Sprints/Hurdles
East - Tim Hall, North Carolina Charlotte
Mideast - Shawn Jackson, Louisiana Tech
Midwest - Vince Anderson, Texas A&M (national winner)
West - Tommie White, USC
USTFCCA District Assistant Coach of the Year - Men's Sprints/Hurdles
East - Scott Hall, Wake Forest (national winner)
Mideast - Erin Tucker, Kentucky
Midwest - Mike Ford, Baylor
West - Ellanee Richardson