comscore script

Bucknam, Geopfert Earn USTFCCCA Coach of the Year Honors

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Bucknam, Geopfert Earn USTFCCCA Coach of the Year Honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas men’s track and field head coach Chris Bucknam was named South Central Region Head Coach of the Year, while Travis Geopfert was named South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday. Bucknam coached the Razorbacks to a Southeastern Conference indoor title for the third-straight year, doing so this season with a 15-point cushion over nationally top-ranked Florida. Arkansas had three event championships in Solomon Haile, Raymond Higgs and Anthony My, along with five runners-up. Bucknam was also recently named SEC Indoor Coach of the Year, following his championship victory. “This award is a reflection of my coaching staff and my athletes, I accept it on behalf of them,” said Bucknam. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of Coach Geopfert and the continued great work of Doug Case — we wouldn’t be contending for titles if it wasn’t for those two guys. Especially this year, having Geopfert recognized, it’s satisfying having our peers see what’s going on here at Arkansas.” Geopfert, in his fifth year as men’s field event coach at Arkansas, has a nation-leading six jumps entries and defending national champ heptathlete Kevin Lazas qualified for the NCAA Championships. Geopfert-coached athletes scored 60 points at the SEC Championships and claimed two league titles and two runners-up showings. “I am humbled by the honor,” said Geopfert. “These awards are a terrific reflection of our entire staff and student-athletes. It’s a tremendous privilege being part of such a great program.” Arkansas’ qualified 11 individuals and two relays for a tied-national best 13 entries, as the No. 2 Razorbacks chase their second-straight indoor national title at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships March 14-15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.



Sports Category : Track & Field (M)