Greg Metcalf Named National Coach of the Year
Dec. 1, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - Washington women's cross country continues to pick up the accolades, as today head coach Greg Metcalf was named the Division I Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Oregon's Vin Lananna was honored as Coach of the Year on the men's side.
Metcalf made the choice a simple one as he guided the Huskies to an undefeated season and the first NCAA Championship in program history. Washington took over the No. 1 ranking early in the season and carried it successfully through to the NCAA meet on Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Indiana, where they ran away from the field. The Huskies had an incredible five All-Americans, four of which will return next season.
'To win this award is an incredible honor but it is the result of all the women on our team dedicating themselves to doing the little things necessary every day to be great,' said Metcalf. 'I also can't say enough about the work of our assistant coaches, Kelly Strong and Jimmy Bean, who have helped build and continue to foster a supportive environment that allows our student-athletes to succeed. This award is just as much a reflection upon them and they share in it.'
Metcalf's program finished eighth a year ago, which was the best finish for the Husky women at the time, before winning this year's title. The Huskies dominated every meet they competed in this season. The women posted a perfect 15 points at the Pac-10 Conference Championships and scored 25 team points to win the West Regional title in November. Metcalf was earlier named the Division I Women's West Region Coach of the Year.
Oregon head coach, Vin Lananna, was named the Division I Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading his Ducks to their second consecutive team championship. Oregon went undefeated during the season and was ranked No. 1 nationally from the preseason poll through the final standings.