Thursday August 21, 2014
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced the state-by-state winners of its inaugural High School Coach of the Year award. South Burlington High School’s own Coach Geoff Bennett was selected for the Boys Coach award for the state of Vermont!
One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states were honored for their successes during the 2014 track & field season, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.
This past season, Bennett lead the Boys Track and Field team to the Division 1 state championships, which they won, edging out the Burlington and Mount Mansfield teams.
The winners from each state are in consideration for the association’s first-ever National High School Coach of the Year award. Selected by a panel of track & field experts, one boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be announced as the national winners.
“We’ve established a tradition of recognizing our nation’s top collegiate coaches on a yearly basis, and we felt it was time to shine the spotlight on our best coaches at the high school level,” USTFCCCA CEO Sam Seemes said.
“As a professional coaches association, we deeply value the excellent work being done by high school coaches around the country, embodied by all of today’s award winners. They are not only preparing student-athletes for their next competitions but, more importantly, the next steps along their paths to adulthood.”
State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2014 track & field season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, the number of different events in which student-athletes were qualified, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (ex. First title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).
“This is the most prestigious award that a high school coach could ever attain,” National Senate of High School Track Coaches Associations Executive Chair Don Helberg said. “I am so happy and proud that USTFCCCA has added this award to the collegiate awards they already present.”
An inaugural High School Coach of the Year award for cross-country will be bestowed during the upcoming 2014 season.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations.