March 6, 2006
WOODLAND, Calif. - Washington head coach Greg Metcalf has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Men's Coach of the Year, MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird announced Monday. Metcalf, who led the UW men to their first-ever indoor conference title in February, was the consensus pick of the league's track and field coaches, who voted after last month's conference championship meet.
Metcalf, 36, is the second Washington track and field coach to receive Coach of the Year honors from the MPSF, the indoor conference for most Pac-10 and Big West Conference schools. Former UW head coach Orin Richburg was lauded as MPSF Women's Coach of thes Year in 1996, after leading the Husky women to the conference crown.
Washington's men captured their first-ever indoor conference title last month, holding off Stanford for a 107-100 victory. Three UW men won individual crowns, including half-miler Ryan Brown, long jumper Norris Frederick, and weight-thrower Martin Bingisser. The Huskies' win ended a four-year run of championships for Pac-10 rival UCLA, and was the first conference title of any kind won by a UW men's team since 1928.
"A coach is only as successful as the athletes on his team, so for me to receive this honor says a lot about the quality of individuals we have representing us," Metcalf says. "It might say `Coach of the Year,' but this is a team-wide award. Whatever we accomplish, we accomplish together."
Metcalf's three-plus years at the helm of the UW program have been some of the most prolific in school history, with UW athletes combining for three NCAA titles, 23 All-America awards and 53 NCAA Championships appearances, while breaking school records on 34 separate occasions. Washington's women's team has finished among the top-20 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in each of the past two seasons, while the UW men's squad has been a top-30 team at the NCAA Indoor meet in each of Metcalf's first three years.
Metcalf's squads will add to those numbers Monday night, when the NCAA announces its accepted entries for this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. At least 10 Huskies are expected to be among those included in the Championships field, with others boasting marks close to the NCAA's expected cutoffs.
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