Champion Chanticleers: Coastal Carolina defeats Arizona 4-2

(Source: @CoastalBaseball)

(Source: @CoastalBaseball)

 

By ERIC OLSON

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Coastal Carolina capitalized on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers won their first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday.

The Chanticleers (55-18) became the first program since Minnesota in 1956 to win the title in its first CWS appearance. Arizona (49-24) was trying for its second national title since 2012.

Andrew Beckwith (15-1), the national leader in wins, went 5 2/3 innings after pitching two complete games and picked up his third victory of the CWS. He was named the Most Outstanding Player.

Alex Cunningham earned his first save, striking out Ryan Haug with a full-count fastball to end the game after Arizona had pulled within a one in the bottom of the ninth.

Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec (11-6) also worked 5 2/3 innings, with all the runs coming against him. He struck out eight to increase his CWS total to 25 in 20 innings.

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Headley scores on passed ball in 9th, Yankees beat Texas 2-1

By RACHEL COHEN

NEW YORK (AP) _ Chase Headley scored on a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees won in their final at-bat for the second straight game to beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Thursday afternoon.

Four New York pitchers combined to strike out 16 Rangers as the teams split the four-game series. Didi Gregorius, who had the winning home run Wednesday night, hit a solo shot in the fifth to tie the score after Shin-Soo Choo homered to lead off the game.

Tony Barnette (5-3), the third Rangers reliever of the afternoon, walked Headley to lead off the bottom of the ninth. With runners on second and third and two outs, his pitch got through catcher Robinson Chirinos and Headley just beat the throw.

Aroldis Chapman (2-0) earned the win after pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Cowboys’ McClain suspended again, for 10 games

By SCHUYLER DIXON

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Two people with knowledge of the situation says Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first 10 games next season for his second violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy in as many years.

McClain was suspended the first four games last season. He signed a second straight one-year deal with the Cowboys in March, this one worth $5 million.

The people, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the NFL hasn’t announced the suspensions, also said defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence’s appeal was denied. Lawrence will be suspended the first four game for a substance-abuse violation.

The longer suspension for McClain is dictated by rules in the NFL’s labor agreement based on McClain’s previous violations.

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Manziel Suspended four games by NFL

DALLAS (AP) _ The NFL has suspended Johnny Manziel for the first four games of next season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The former Browns quarterback is not currently with a team but will have to serve the penalty if he signs with one. The discipline is not related to the assault charge Manziel is facing involving his former girlfriend.

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HRs by McCann, Gregorius in 9th Rally Yanks Past Rangers 9-7

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brian McCann hit a tying, three-run homer off Sam Dyson, Didi
Gregorius capped a six-run ninth inning with his two-run shot and the New York
Yankees woke up late to beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 Wednesday night.

Down 7-2 and in danger of falling 10 games behind AL East-leading Baltimore,
the Yankees began their comeback when McCann homered off Cesar Ramos in the
eighth.

Rob Refsnyder singled off Matt Bush leading off the ninth, Jacoby Ellsbury
walked and Dyson (1-2) relieved.

Brett Gardner singled and Refsnyder came home when center fielder Ian Desmond
bobbled the ball for an error. After Alex Rodriguez lined out, McCann homered
into the right-field bleachers, Starlin Castro walked and Gregorius lined the
ball into the right-field seats for his first career game-ending homer.

Luis Cessa (1-0) allowed one run in three innings for his first big league win.

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Altuve’s 4 Hits, 4 Runs Lead Astros Over Angels 10-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jose Altuve went 4 for 5 and scored four runs to help
the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 on Wednesday and complete
the sweep of the three-game series.

It was the second time Houston has swept Los Angeles in the last two weeks. The
Astros finished the six games with 37 runs. It was also Houston’s eighth
straight win over their AL West rivals, extending the longest winning streak
against Los Angeles in franchise history.

Houston has gone 35-20 since May 1, the third-best mark in the AL in that span.

The Angels, who left 12 men on base, finished the homestand 1-6 and went 8-18
over the month of June. The Angels are a season-high 15 games under .500
(32-47). It’s the fewest wins the Angels have recorded in June since 1980.

Altuve, who extended his career-high on-base streak to 32 games, was a home run
shy of the cycle and finished the series 8 for 14 with two RBIs and six runs.

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Texas baseball Hires Tulane’s Pierce

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Tulane baseball coach David Pierce has been was announced
as the new coach at Texas.

He replaces Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history,
who was forced out after 20 years after the Longhorns had a losing season and
missed the NCAA postseason for the third time in five years.

Pierce has deep ties to the state of Texas but just five years’ experience as a
head coach. He led the Green Wave to the American Athletic Conference regular
season title this past season.

Terms of his contract were not immediately released.

The 53-year-old Pierce is just the third coach at Texas since 1968. Garrido won
national titles with the Longhorns in 2002 and 2005 and had six 50-win seasons
between 2002 and 2010.

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Texas baseball reportedly to hire Tulane’s Pierce

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ A person with knowledge of the decision says Texas has reached an agreement with Tulane baseball coach David Pierce to take over the Longhorns program.

The agreement with Pierce came Wednesday morning, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the hire.

Terms of Pierce’s pending contract were not immediately available. Pierce’s deal will likely need approval from the school’s board of regents.

The decision to hire Pierce comes a month after Texas pushed longtime coach Augie Garrido into an advisory role within the athletic department after a losing season that saw Texas miss the NCAA postseason for the third time in five years.

Pierce has been at Tulane two seasons. He was previously the head coach at Sam Houston State and spent several years as an assistant at Rice.

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Rangers roll past Yanks; Astros rout the Angels

Yankees slugger Beltran leaves with tight hamstring

NEW YORK (AP) _ Cole Hamels breezed through seven shutout innings to win his fourth consecutive start, Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs, and the rolling Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 7-1 on Tuesday night.

One night after Texas rallied to win at 2:44 a.m. following a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the ninth inning, the Rangers again played with plenty of spunk and energy. They’ve won four in a row and 12 of 14, improving the American League’s top record to 51-27 with their eighth straight victory away from home.

Yankees slugger Carlos Beltran left in the first with a tight right hamstring. He had an MRI that was “clean” and is day to day, manager Joe Girardi said.

Hamels (9-1) yielded six harmless singles and struck out seven. He threw only 86 pitches and outdueled CC Sabathia (5-5) in a matchup of accomplished left-handers.

 

Houston blasts Lincecum, routs Angels 7-1 for 9th win in 10

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Houston Astros beat Tim Lincecum and the Los Angeles Angels 7-1 on Tuesday night for their ninth win in 10 games.

Correa went 3 for 4 and matched his career high with four RBIs as Houston easily improved to 34-20 since May 1. The Astros also beat the Angels for the seventh straight time, their longest winning streak in the rivalry’s history.

Lincecum (1-2) couldn’t get through the fifth inning in his third start for the Angels, yielding seven hits, four walks and five runs. It was his second straight bumpy outing after a promising debut.

Scott Feldman (5-3) yielded three hits in five innings to win his first start since April 24 for the Astros.

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Rudder’s Harbin to become head baseball coach at Little Elm

(Source: The Eagle)

(Source: The Eagle)

Rudder High School Baseball Coach Matt Harbin has accepted the Head Baseball position at Little Elm High School. Coach Harbin has been the Head Baseball Coach at Rudder for the last five years.

“Coach Harbin is a great baseball coach and a man of character. Rudder High School and Bryan ISD appreciate the time that Coach Harbin has served as Head Baseball Coach at Rudder. Coach Harbin created a very successful baseball program at Rudder and just as importantly, he has instilled character in the baseball program and in his players.” – Lance Angel, Athletic Director
Matt Harbin
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Texas A&M’s Gibson Places Fifth in 100 Fly at U.S. Olympic Trials

OMAHA, Neb. – Texas A&M junior Sarah Gibson placed fifth in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Monday at the CenturyLink Center.

Gibson, from San Antonio, Texas, flew to a time of 58.79 for her fifth place finish behind Kelsi Worrell (1st, 56.48), Dana Vollmer (2nd, 57.21), Kendyl Stewart (3rd, 58.22) and Cassidy Bayer (4th, 58.35). Gibson is the school record holder in the race and finished second at the 2016 NCAA Championships to Worrell.

In other action, Texas A&M graduate and 2012 Olympian Breeja Larson placed ninth in the 100-meter breaststroke semifinals with a time of 1:07.62 and is the first alternate to Tuesday’s final.

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Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who helped boost the women’s game to the big time in a 38-year career at Tennessee, has died at 64.

(Source: Jim McIsaac, Getty Images)

(Source: Jim McIsaac, Getty Images)

With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.

Tyler’s statement said “since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type’ … and we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.”

Statement from Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Coach Gary Blair
“I can’t even imagine where our game would be without Pat Summitt. Her legacy will be the impact that she has had on us all. It extends beyond her Lady Vol family, and includes any of us who have competed on every level. I’m honored to have competed against her, and proud to have called her my friend.
 
Not only was Pat an outstanding basketball coach, but she was also a special person. She had an aura and a presence that made everyone in the room feel important, whether you were a manager, a junior high coach or a college coach. No one has done more to grow the game of women’s basketball, both on and off the court; when it comes to marketing, intensity, recruiting or giving back to the game, she was unmatched. My condolences go out to her family and the many other people whose lives she impacted.”

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Astros rally past Halos; Rangers wait out rain delay for victory over Yanks

Correa breaks tie in 9th, Astros hold off Angels 4-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Carlos Correa snapped a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly, and Will Harris pitched out of a major jam moments later to preserve the Houston Astros’ 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

After the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Harris struck out Jett Bandy and snagged Andrelton Simmons’ comebacker to start a 1-2-3 double play that ended the game.

The surging Astros have won six straight against the Angels and eight of nine overall.

Mike Trout homered in his third consecutive game for Los Angeles. He had three hits and scored twice.

Rangers wrap up win at 2:44 a.m., outlast rain, Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Texas Rangers wrapped up a weird win at 2:44 a.m. Tuesday, rallying after a rain delay of more than 3 1/2 hours in the ninth inning to beat the New York Yankees 9-6 with maybe 100 fans left in the stands.

Yankee Stadium was so deserted that shouts from Texas players cheering in the dugout for Adrian Beltre’s go-ahead, two-run single could easily be heard bouncing around the ballpark.

Texas trailed 6-5 when Kirby Yates replaced closer Aroldis Chapman after the delay with a runner on first and no outs. Yates (2-1) hit three batters, and Beltre and Elvis Andrus each hit a two-run single.

By then, the cleaning crews had already started their work in the upper decks.

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Trio of Aggies Sign with NBA Organizations

(L-R; Jones, Caruso, House. Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(L-R; Jones, Caruso, House. Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – After capping off their impressive collegiate careers by leading the Texas A&M men’s basketball team to one of the best seasons in school history, Alex Caruso, Danuel House and Jalen Jones have taken the next step in their hardwood careers by agreeing to terms with NBA organizations.

Caruso (Philadelphia 76ers), House (Washington Wizards) and Jones (Toronto Raptors) will get their chance to make a first impression on the professional basketball scene when they represent their organizations during the NBA Summer League. The summer league is an 11-day showcase of the NBA’s top young talent that will take place July 8-18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the UNLV in Las Vegas.

The trio of Aggies formed the nucleus of the 2015-16 Texas A&M squad that set a school record with 28 victories, captured a share of the SEC Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in school history.

A 6-foot-5 guard from College Station, Texas, Caruso ended his four-year career in Aggieland as one of Texas A&M’s most decorated players. Caruso leaves Texas A&M as the program’s all-time assist (649) and steals leader (276) and stands out as the only player in SEC history to compile over 1,000 career points (1,090), 600 assists (649), 500 career rebounds (513), 250 steals (276) and 50 blocks (59).

In addition to garnering second team All-SEC honors and a spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team from the league’s coaches, Caruso was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports.

Alex Caruso

 

House, meanwhile, became the eighth Aggie all-time to garner All-America recognition as he received honorable mention accolades from the Associated Press following the conclusion of this season.

A two-time All-SEC honoree, including first-team honors at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, House played in 62 games after transferring from the University of Houston. Over his career in Aggieland, the Fresno, Texas, native averaged over 15 points per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 34 percent form 3-point range.

Jones stood out as a steady producer during two seasons at Texas A&M after coming to College Station following two years at SMU. The Dallas native ranked among the SEC leaders by averaging 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior to garner first-team All-SEC recognition. Overall, Jones contributed five double-doubles on the year and scored 20 or more points in 11 games.

House and Jones were honored with spots on the 2016 U.S. Basketball Writers All-District VII Team as well as being named second-team All-District 21 performers by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

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Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier decides to pursue professional career

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier has made the decision to pursue a professional career in track and field and forgo his remaining three years of collegiate eligibility.

“Donavan is a very, very talented young athlete and this is a decision he has made with his family,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “As a coach his education and maturity are always a concern when it comes to these kinds of decisions, but Donavan and his family feel they can surround him with good people to further his career. Like any athlete who turns pro early, as a staff we are hesitant, but supportive at the same time.”

During the NCAA Championships held this month the 19-year-old Brazier won a national title in the 800m. His time of 1:43.55 broke numerous records, including the 50-year-old standard of 1:44.3 set by Jim Ryun which served as the collegiate best and American junior record. A time of 1:45.93 by Brazier during the indoor season broke the American junior indoor record that was set in 1982.

Brazier is the eighth-fastest American ever in the event and his 1:43.55 is the current U.S. leader for 2016 and ranks third in the world.

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Briles withdraws court filing amid settlement reports

WACO, Texas (AP) _ Fired Baylor coach Art Briles has withdrawn a demand for new lawyers in a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and the university amid reports he has settled a contract dispute with the school.

Briles’ lawyers had told a federal court Thursday he wanted attorneys separate from Baylor and had no intention of settling the lawsuit filed by a woman who was raped by a Baylor football player. The filing suggested a bitter court fight was brewing between Baylor and the coach who claimed his May 26 firing was wrongful termination.

Briles withdrew the motion Friday as multiple media outlets cited anonymous sources in reporting Briles and Baylor had reached a settlement on his contract, which ran through 2023. According to USA Today’s coaches’ salary database, Briles made $4.2 million in 2015. Baylor, a private school, has not disclosed contract details.

A Baylor spokeswoman declined comment. Briles’ attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

Baylor fired Briles after an investigation found the school mishandled sex assault allegations for years, including some made against football players.

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USATF Athlete of the Week honor for Donavan Brazier’s NCAA record-breaking victory

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier has been recognized as USATF Athlete of the Week following his record-breaking performance in winning the NCAA 800m title last weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Brazier dominated the NCAA Outdoor final with an astonishing performance of 1:43.55 and bettered quite a few records along the way, including a 50-year-old standard set by Jim Ryun at 880 yards when he was a freshman at Kansas. Both Brazier (1997) and Ryun (1947) were born in the month of April and each set their mark on the same date of June 10.

Performances bettered by Texas A&M’s Donavan Brazier:

Collegiate best                            1:44.3h    Jim Ryun (Kansas) [1:44.9y – 880]                                         6/10/1966

Collegiate record                        1:44.55    Julius Achon (George Mason)                                   5/04/1996

American Collegiate record      1:44.70    Mark Everett (Florida)           6/01/1990

NCAA meet record                     1:44.70    Mark Everett (Florida)           6/01/1990

American Junior record             1:44.9y    Jim Ryun (Kansas)                  6/10/1966

Hayward Field record [equals]1:43.5h    Rich Wohlhuter (UCTC)         6/08/1974

Texas A&M record                     1:45.07    Donavan Brazier                    6/08/2016

Extended season (past NCAA meet)

American Collegiate best          1:43.74    Earl Jones (Eastern Michigan)                               6/19/1984

Brazier became the first freshman winner since 1988 (Paul Ereng, Virginia) and is just the fifth freshman overall to win the NCAA 800m title. He also moves to No. 8 on the all-time U.S. list and No. 7 on the World Junior list, where he is the lone American among the top 10.

During the NCAA semifinal race in Eugene, Brazier broke the Aggie school record with a 1:45.07 clocking, which also served as the fastest qualifying time ever in a NCAA semifinal. The previous best NCAA qualifying time was 1:45.54 set in 2010 (Robby Andrews, Virginia).

Brazier’s semifinal time bettered the Texas A&M record of 1:46.15 recently set by teammate Hector Hernandez as runner-up during the SEC Championships. Brazier finished third in that race with a 1:46.19.

Brazier now has recorded six of the top 12 performances on the all-time U.S. junior list. They include the record of 1:43.55, followed by 1:45.07 (No. 3), 1:45.93i (No. 7), 1:46.08i (No. 8), 1:46.19 (No. 9), and 1:46.53 (No. 12).

This is the second time the 19-year-old Brazier of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has received the USATF honor this season. He was also named Athlete of the Week when he broke the American indoor junior record with a 1:45.93 victory in January.

Now in its 15th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport.

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Haley Franc Selected to Represent Team Canada at AQHA Youth World Cup

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M equestrian’s Haley Franc was selected to represent Team Canada at the America Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup held at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre from June 19-July 3 in Tamworth, Australia.

Franc, who is one of five riders for Canada, will begin competition with Cutting on June 26 before competing in Ranch Riding on June 30 and July 2. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native will also participate in Reining on July 1.

The event will feature riding teams from 13 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States.

Live streaming of the AQHA Youth World Cup can be found online athttp://www.ywc2016.com/youth/live_webcast/index.asp.

To learn more about the Aggie equestrian team, log onto 12thman.com or follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.

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Colby Lewis loses no-hit bid in 9th, Rangers beat A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Colby Lewis took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning for Texas before Max Muncy broke it up with a leadoff double that glanced off right fielder Nomar Mazara’s glove Thursday in the Rangers’ 5-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Lewis was perfect until walking Yonder Alonso with two outs in the eighth.

Muncy began the ninth with a drive to deep right field. Mazara, a rookie who made a nice running catch to rob Muncy in the third, ran hard toward the corner and tracked down this ball but couldn’t hold onto it as he crashed into the padded wall.

Mazara looked at his glove as he retrieved the ball. Official scorer David Feldman immediately called the play a double, ending Lewis’ quest for Texas’ first no-hitter in 22 years.

Two batters later, Lewis (6-0) lost his shutout when left fielder Ryan Rua couldn’t make a diving catch on a blooper by Coco Crisp that went for an RBI double.

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National honors for Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor and assistant coach Kris Grimes

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(Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics)

NEW ORLEANS – National honors from USTFCCCA were awarded to Texas A&M junior Lindon Victor and Aggie assistant coach Kris Grimes after each had been recognized for South Central region awards a week ago.

The USTFCCCA men’s Field Athlete of the Year honor went to Victor while Grimes was named the men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Victor became the first Texas A&M athlete to win a NCAA decathlon title when he produced a score of 8,379 points to defeat a field that included five scorers over 8,000 points. The deep field also generated the best score for place in second through 10th place.

Following his career best score of 8,446 to win the SEC title, which ranks fourth on the all-time collegiate list, Victor’s tally in Eugene became the fifth best performance all-time. It was also the second best score in a NCAA meet, with only Ashton Eaton’s score of 8,457 in 2010 being better.

During the SEC Championships, Victor threw the discus 179 feet to record the best throw by a collegian during a decathlon. In the NCAA competition his discus throw of 175-5 set the meet record within the decathlon and it was also the best performance at Hayward Field among any decathlon ever held at the venue.

Coach Grimes guided a pair of athletes to national titles with Latario Collie claiming the triple jump off an opening round mark of 55-8 ¼ along with Victor’s decathlon win. In addition Lathone Collie finished seventh in the triple jump as the trio of athletes combined for 22 points in the NCAA meet.

The women’s Field Athlete of the Year was awarded to Georgia’s Keturah Orji, who set an American record of 47-8 to win the NCAA triple jump. Track Athlete of the Year honors went to Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas and Courtney Okolo of Texas.

National Coach of the Year honors went to Florida’s Mike Holloway and Lance Harter of Arkansas as they claimed the men’s and women’s team titles, respectively, during the NCAA Championships. Joining Grimes in receiving an Assistant Coach of the Year award was Oregon’s Curtis Taylor, who was awarded the women’s honor.

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