McDonnell Named SEC Indoor Coach of the Year
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas head track and field coach John McDonnell has been named the 2001 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year as announced by the SEC media relations office on Monday. This is the eighth SEC indoor coach of the year honor for McDonnell in the last nine years.
“I am tickled to be named coach of the year,” UA head coach John McDonnell said. “We won conference and I appreciate that they recognize that. It is always nice when they give it to me. Sometimes after you have been winning for a while they give it to the person that finished second so I appreciate that they are recognizing me this year.”
In late February, McDonnell led his Razorback squad to the 2001 indoor conference title by outscoring second-place LSU, 108-81. The indoor title was the Hogs’ 15th consecutive SEC crown and their fifth-straight SEC indoor title.
McDonnell and his Hogs followed up their conference championship with a third place finish at the NCAA Championships behind national champion LSU and second-place TCU. Three points separated the top three teams.
This year’s award marked the 34th conference coach of the year title in McDonnell’s tenure. The UA head coach also claimed the SEC cross country coach honors this year.
McDonnell and the Razorbacks head to Columbia, S.C., this week for the SEC outdoor conference championships. The Hogs will be looking for their 16th-consecutive SEC title and fifth-straight SEC triple crown.
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