June 6, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - It was announced today by the USTFCCCA that UConn head coach Bill Morgan was named Northeast Region Head Coach of the Year for the outdoor season. Morgan has swept the awards in 2011 after being presented with the same honor during the indoor campaign.
"I'm absolutely humbled by the respect shown by my peers in the region for recognizing the quality of our team - across the board - sprinters to distance, jumpers to throwers - we had so many impressive performances in leading the region," said head coach Bill Morgan.
"Of most value to me is the loyalty and passion that my assistants Clive Terrelonge
and Andrea Grove-McDonough
show for me and the program. We're blessed in leading this team of incredible women. This award is a testament to our program, staff and athletes alike. It is an incredible honor from my coaching counterparts across the region"
This marks the second-straight season Morgan has been named the Coach of the Year. Morgan has dominated the indoor awards, earning Northeast Region Indoor Coach of the Year five-straight seasons.
Connecticut placed third at the BIG EAST Championships and second at the ECAC Championships with a limited squad in 2011. The Huskies finished the year with the most top-three performances in the region (10); top-ten performances (20); most regional qualifiers (11); and most national qualifiers from the Northeast Region (4). UConn finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the Northeast Region.
The UConn coaching staff will lead four athletes at the NCAA Championships this week in Des Moines, Iowa. Of the four student-athletes to reach the final stage of NCAA competition this season, two hail from the state of Connecticut.
Senior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) will represent the Huskies in the 3,000m steeple chase beginning at 7:30 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, June 9. The other Connecticut resident, Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.), will compete in the 10,000m as the only freshman remaining in contention for the NCAA 10,000m title. The 10k will begin at 8:45 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, June 8.
Sophomore Second Team All-American Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.) competes in the semifinals of the 800m at 6 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, June 8.
The lone field competitor to reach the NCAA Championships in 2011 is freshman high jumper Ilva Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia). Bikanova competes at 5:30 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, June 9.