March 6, 2007
SEATTLE - Fifth-year Washington head coach Greg Metcalf was named West Region Men's Coach of the Year and junior long jumper Norris Frederick was named West Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year on Tuesday as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association announced voting results from collegiate coaches in each of its nine U.S. regions.
Both hope the regional honors will be the first of many awards for Washington's men's team this week, which travels a nine-man team to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Washington enters this weekend's meet ranked No. 6 in the nation by the USTFCCA and No. 12 nationally by Trackwire magazine, and boasts four men's competitors in the top-five of the national individual rankings.
"Anytime you are recognized by your peers for doing what you love, it's a great honor," Metcalf said. "But we're focused on bigger goals this week -- namely, competing for a team trophy at the national meet."
Metcalf, whose USTFCCCA honor was the first of his five-year head coaching career, has been instrumental in the revival of Washington track and field since his hiring in 2002. His first four seasons have seen Washington produce five individual NCAA titles, six individual Pac-10 titles and 44 All-America award winners, including a record-breaking 19 All-Americans in 2006 alone. Washington's men, who scored just 37 points at the Pac-10 Championships in Metcalf's first year, nearly tripled that total with a record 99 points in 2006, and have won back-to-back MPSF Indoor Conference Championships.
"We've been fortunate to have outstanding assistant coaches these past several years, who have worked hard to find student-athletes who are focused and dedicated to success." Metcalf says. "The quantity and quality of athletes that we're taking to the national meet this week is a testament to their efforts."
One such athlete is Frederick, who will be making his fifth-career NCAA Championships appearance this week. The junior from Seattle's Roosevelt High School won his second-straight MPSF long jump title last month, and was the Pac-10 long jump champion a year ago. Frederick is the only Husky ever to long jump 25 feet and high jump seven feet in their career, and boasts season- and career-bests of 25 feet, 10 inches and 7'-2 ½", respectively, that rank him No. 3 and No. 11 nationally entering this weekend's meet.
For a complete list of the USTFCCA's regional honorees, visit www.ustfcca.com.