April 9, 2007
SEATTLE - The honors continued to roll in Monday for fifth-year Washington track and field head coach Greg Metcalf, who was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Men's Coach of the Year for the second-consecutive year. The MPSF -- the indoor track and field conference for Pac-10 and selected Big West Conference teams -- annually selects coaches and athletes of the year for both genders by a vote of league coaches.
Metcalf also captured West Region Men's Coach of the Year honors in March after leading the UW men to their second-consecutive indoor conference crown and an all-time program-best seventh-place tie at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Seven Huskies earned MPSF titles in 2007 and a record captured All-America honors, including a second-straight NCAA 800-meter title by senior Ryan Brown.
Metcalf has been instrumental in the revival of Washington track and field since his hiring in 2002. His first four-plus seasons have seen Washington produce six individual NCAA titles, six individual Pac-10 titles and 55 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.
In addition, Metcalf has led the Huskies' women's cross country team to the NCAA meet eight of his first 10 years at the helm, and guided the UW men to a 12th-place NCAA cross country finish in 2006. In nine years atop Washington's distance program, Metcalf has coached three NCAA champions, six Pac-10 champions, 22 All-Americans, 13 school-record setters and 78 NCAA Championships competitors.
Others honored by the MPSF for their performances included Arizona State's Greg Kraft, honored as Women's Coach of the Year, and Athlete of the Year award winners Jake Arnold of Arizona and Sarah Stevens of Arizona State.