Fernandes And Lange Named Top Region Assistants By The USTFCCCA

June 4, 2007

LOS ANGELES - USC assistant track and field coaches Tina Fernandes and Dan Lange were named Division I Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) it was announced this weekend as the team prepared for the NCAA Track and Field Championships to be held June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif.

Fernandes was named West Region Women's Sprints Assistant of the Year as she guided the Women of Troy to sweeps in the 100m and 200m dashes, as well as in the 4x100m relay at the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional Championships. Under her tutelage, Carol Rodriguez and Jessica Onyepunuka have become two of the top sprinters in the country and have achieved top 10 status all-time among Trojan sprinters. Also, the women's sprint relay team recorded a time of 43.61 in March which is the fifth-fastest in school history.

Fernandes is in her eighth season as the women's sprints assistant coach at USC and has helped develop 12 different USC track and field All-Americans.

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 for the second consecutive season. This year he has guided three different throwers to the NCAA Championships, Noah Bryant and William Denbo in the shot put and Adam Midles in the hammer throw.

Lange helped guide Bryant to the NCAA Indoor, Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional shot put titles this season. Along the way, Bryant established a school record in the shot put, Denbo had the sixth-farthest shot put and Midles the fourth-longest hammer throw.

In 17 seasons at USC, Lange has helped 20 different athletes garner All-America honors.

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