FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head coach John McDonnell and senior Melvin Lister have been selected as the 2000 South Central Regional Coach of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year, announced Thursday.
This is the 50th regional coach of the year honor for McDonnell. He has once again led his team to another No. 1 ranking as well as the team title at the 2000 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track Championships.
Amassing 35 national championships in his tenure at Arkansas, ten of which are in outdoor track, McDonnell’s records are insurmountable. He has won five national triple crowns, 15 conference triple crowns, 24-time National Coach of the Year, 32-time Conference Coach of the Year and has been inducted to a number of Hall of Fames.
Lister is a four-time national champion and a five-time All-American. He has been named trackwire.com’s Athlete of the Week three different times this season. The 2000 SEC Champion in the long jump holds the world’s best mark at 27-10.25.
“This is really nice,” Lister said. “There are a lot good athlete in our region and especially in the SEC and to have this honor is truly great. It lets people out there know you were chosen for your successes throughout the season.”
Not only a great jumper, Lister is on the nation leading 4x400m relay team and ran on the collegiate record setting 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team.
McDonnell and the Razorbacks will be trying for their 10th NCAA outdoor title and ninth consecutive title May 31-June 4, at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet is in Durham, North Carolina and is hosted by Duke University.