Lange And White Named USTFCCCA Regional Assistant Coaches Of The Year
June 14, 2006
USC assistant track and field coaches Dan Lange and Tommie White were named Division I Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) last weekend while the track team competed at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Lange, who has helped develop the USC men's and women's throwing group into one of the tops in the nation, was selected by the USTFCCCA as the top assistant coach in the West in men's throws. This year he had three men's throwers compete at the NCAA Championships in Noah Bryant (shot), William Denbo (shot) and Adam Midles (hammer). In addition to that, he also had four throwers from the women's team competing at the championships, Eva Orban (hammer), Julia Rozenfeld (hammer), Karen Freberg (shot) and Kate Hutchinson (discus).
This year at the NCAA Championships, Lange helped guide Midles to a sixth-place finish, Bryant and Freberg to a seventh-place finishes and Orban to a second-place finish. This should be no surprise as in Lange's 16 seasons of coaching USC's throwers, he has coached his athletes to All-American honors 39 times.
White, who helped NCAA record-holder Virginia Powell reach new heights, was named the top assistant in the West in women's hurdles. White oversaw the development of the Honda Award winner Powell, as well as Candice Davis, who now ranks second all-time to Powell at USC in the 100m hurdles. The pair of Powell and Davis finished 1-2 at the Pac-10 Championships, while Powell won the NCAA West Regional Championship and Davis placed fourth. Powell then went on to win the NCAA Championship in the 100m hurdles, while establishing a new collegiate record with a time of 12.48.
Previously, the USTFCCCA had named USC Director of Track and Field Ron Allice as the West Region coach of the year, Powell as West Region Female Track Athlete of the Year and Jesse Williams at West Region Male Field Athlete of the Year.