FSU’s Harnden, Kansas’ Pate are National Assistant Coaches of the Year
June 14, 2012
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced that Florida State’s Ken Harnden and Kansas’ Wayne Pate are the National Assistant Coaches of the Year for the outdoor track & field season in NCAA’s Division I. Chosen by their peers, Harnden and Pate led those in which they coach to national prominence this season.
NATIONAL MEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR: Ken Harnden, Florida State
Harnden is Florida State’s director of sprints, hurdles, and relays. The Seminoles finished fourth as a team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, scoring 38 points with all but five of those coming from Harnden’s events. Maurice Mitchell was the national champion in the 200 meters and finished third in the 100. FSU’s 4x100 relay placed second while Hortatio Williams took third in the 200 and Kemar Hyman was sixth in the 100.
He qualified eight individuals and the 4x100 relay for the NCAA preliminary rounds.The Seminoles swept the top two spots at the ACC Championship in the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay. Florida State’s sprints, hurdles, and relays combined for 66 of 149 points for the runner-up showing in the league meet.
2012: Ken Harnden, Florida State
2011: Dick Booth, Florida
2010: David Dumble, Arizona State
2009: Jim VanHootegem, Texas A&M
2008: Jerry Clayton, Auburn
2006: Paul Ereng, UTEP (distance)
Mario Santegna, Texas (jumps/combined events)
Scott Hall, Wake Forest (sprints/hurdles)
Greg Jack, Virginia Tech (throws)
NATIONAL WOMEN’S ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR: Wayne Pate, Kansas
Pate serves as the Jayhawks’ jumps and heptathlon coach and his athletes notched 14 points at the NCAA Championships. Kansas finished in a tie for fourth as a team at the national meet with 28 points.
Andrea Guebelle finished third nationally in the triple jump while Francine Simpson and Geubelle placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump.
Kansas’ jumps squad scored 35 points at the Big 12 Championships as part of a runner-up team showing. Simpson and Geubelle finished 1-2 in the long jump, Geubelle won the triple jump, and Lindsey Vollmer placed third in the heptathlon at the league meet.
2012: Wayne Pate, Kansas
2011: Craig Carter, Arizona
2010: Vince Anderson, Texas A&M
2009: Vince Anderson, Texas A&M
2008: Vince Anderson, Texas A&M
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