Metcalf Named Pac-12 Coach Of The Year
Nov. 29, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - For the third time in the past four years, Husky head coach Greg Metcalf has been named the Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, the conference office announced today. Sophomore Katie Flood and senior Christine Babcock also earned spots on the All-Pac-12 Team.
Conference awards are based on a vote of the Pac-12 head coaches. Metcalf led the Washington women to second at the Pac-12 Championships, and then on to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, falling just a few points shy of Georgetown for the national title. The Huskies also won the NCAA West Region title for the fourth year in a row, and had a big win at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational.
Metcalf was also named West Region Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row. His previous Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors came in 2008 and 2009.
The All-Pac-12 Team is based strictly on athlete finishes at the conference meet. First through seventh-place earns a spot on the First Team, and eighth through 14th merits a Second Team selection. Flood made the First Team and Babcock is on the Second Team.
Flood led the Huskies all year, winning the Pac-12 individual title and going on to place seventh at the NCAA Championships to earn her first cross country All-America honor. She also earned All-West Region honors. This is her second All-Pac-12 First Team selection.
Babcock wrapped the cross country portion of her UW career with a 62nd-place finish at the NCAA Championships as Washington's third finisher, helping the Huskies reach the podium for the third time in her four years. She finished 12th at the Pac-12 Championships and earned All-West Region honors for the fourth straight season. Babcock was also an All-Pac-12 First Team selection in 2008 and 2009. She is one of five athletes on the All-Pac-12 Team as well as the Pac-12 All-Academic Team.