McDonnell Named Regional Coach of the Year
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After guiding the Razorbacks to the first Mideast Regional Championship on May 31, in Columbus, Ohio, Arkansas head coach John McDonnell was named the Mideast Regional Coach of the Year by the Division I Coaches Association of the United States Track Coaches Association, as announced Thursday night.
“It’s a nice honor and I really appreciate my peers voting for me,” McDonnell said. “I’ve won a lot and they could have easily chosen someone else. It’s the athletes and assistant coaches that made it possible.”
This honor is one of many McDonnell has earned during his tenure at Arkansas. Since 1978 he has earned National Coach of the Year 25 times, Conference Coach of the Year 37 times and District Coach of the Year 54 times. Next week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships McDonnell and his Hogs will be in search of their 38th national championship and their 10th of the outdoor variety. With the last outdoor crown coming in 1999, the Razorbacks are primed and ready to reclaim the trophy.
Other honorees included Mike Holloway of Florida (East Region), Phil Lundin Minnesota (Midwest) and Jeannette Bolden of UCLA (West).
They will be recognized June 9, at the Mondo coaches’ banquet held prior to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
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