Four Mountain West Coaches Earn 2013 USTFCCCA Region Awards
June 4, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four Mountain West coaches earned 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Region Coach of the Year honors earlier this week. Air Force head coach Ralph Lindeman and assistant coach Scott Steffan swept the Men's Mountain Region accolades, while Brian Bedard of Colorado State was named the top women's head coach in the Mountain Region. San Diego State assistant coach Carjay Lyles earned Women's West Region honors. All four coaches will be in Eugene, Ore., this week for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 5-8.
Men's Mountain Region Coach of the Year - Ralph Lindeman, Air Force
In his 24th season at the Air Force Academy, Lindeman coached Air Force to its second straight Mountain West outdoor men's team title and was named the MW Men's Coach of the Year. His squad accounted for three Conference titles and a program-best 22 All-MW selections. As an event coach for the long jump, Lindeman saw Blue Kearney earn a second-place finish as the program's first All-MW selection in that event since 2004. Three student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Finals from the Academy.
Women's Mountain Region Coach of the Year - Brian Bedard, Colorado State
Bedard, in his 24th year at Colorado State, has two Rams qualified for the NCAA Finals in Eugene after placing 14 competitors in the preliminary rounds. His squad finished third in the Mountain West Championships this season.
Men's Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year - Scott Steffan, Air Force
In his sixth season coaching pole vault and high jump at the Air Force Academy, Steffan guided his program to the distinction of being the only team in the country with three different student-athletes to clear 18 feet in the pole vault, including two NCAA Finalists. His vaulters went 1-2-3-5-7 at the 2013 Mountain West Championships, and his high jumpers went 2-3-4 for a total of 49 points en route to a team title.
Women's West Region Assistant Coach of the Year - Carjay Lyles, San Diego State
Lyles, in his fourth season with SDSU, helped the Aztecs claim their second Mountain West outdoor title and first since 2003. Four of his student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Finals in Eugene, including Shanieka Thomas, who is the No. 1 seed in the triple jump, and heptathletes Nicole Oudenaarden and Allison Reaser. Alex Evans has also qualified in the triple jump.