Richardson Named USTFCCCA West Region Coach of Year

June 15, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Washington State University assistant track and field coach Ellannee Richardson was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region men's sprints/hurdles Coach of the Year, June 6, at a banquet preceding the NCAA Div. I Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Richardson, in her third year of coaching at WSU, coached four individuals to the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in 2006. James McSwain and Jaycee Robertson competed in the 100m dash, while Justin Woods competed in the 200m dash. Richardson also helped lead the 4x400m relay team to the championships. The team included the three aforementioned runners, as well as Martin Boston and alternate Brian Woods.

In her career at WSU, Richardson was a five-time All-American heptathlete and sprinter. In 2002 and 2003 she took second place at the NCAA Championships and received an All-American award in 2003 at the NCAA Indoor Meet as the anchor for the women's 4x400m relay team. In WSU's all-time records, Richardson's performances are in the top five of eight different events. Richardson also competed in the 400m dash at the 2004 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships and was a part of the USA National Indoor Track and Field 4x400m relay team at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships at Budapest, Hungary.

Richardson will compete in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 21-25, in Indianapolis, Ind. She will be competing in the 400m hurdles, attempting to win a national championship and gain a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

The USTFCCCA selected four assistant coaches, combining events, for each gender in each of the four regions of NCAA Div. I, for coach of the year honors.

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