PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional awards for the 2011 indoor track and field season on Monday and five BIG EAST athletes and coaches were honored. Connecticut men’s head coach Greg Roy was named Northeast Region Men’s Coach of the Year, while women’s head coach Bill Morgan earned Northeast Region Women’s Coach of the Year. Connecticut junior Victoria Flowers notched Northeast Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, while Villanova senior Sheila Reid took Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year. Louisville assistant Dale Cowper was named Southeast Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Connecticut men’s head coach Greg Roy led the Huskies to the 2011 BIG EAST Championship title for the third time in four years with a 136¾-132 victory over Notre Dame and added the NEICAAA and IC4A crowns as well. Roy, in his 22nd season, coaches the squad’s track events. Among UConn’s track powers are senior Michael Rutt who ran an NCAA automatic qualifying 1:47.71 in the 800 at the NEICAAA Championships.
Connecticut women’s head coach Bill Morgan, in his 30th year overall at Connecticut and seventh as head coach, led UConn to a No. 1 regional ranking throughout the season. The Huskies finished second at the BIG EAST Championships and won the NEICAAA and ECAC title.
Villanova senior Sheila Reid went undefeated among collegians at distances from 1,000 to 3,000 meters during the regular season, and ranks number two in the country over 3,000 meters. Reid won the BIG EAST title in the 1,000 meters in meet-record fashion, as well as running on the winning 4×800-meter and distance medley relays.
A junior from Providence, R.I, Connecticut junior Victoria Flowers ranks sixth nationally in the weight throw with a best of 68-9 (20.95m) set in winning the NEICAAA Championship in the event. Flowers also won the shot put competition at the New England meet with a throw of 53-5 (16.28m).
In his fifth year coaching the Cardinals, Dale Cowper had athletes finish 1-2-3 in the shot put and 1-2-3-4 in the weight throw to help Louisville win BIG EAST team title. One athlete in each throwing event has automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships.