PHOENIX – For the first time in seven years, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches
Association (USTFCCCA) Convention is returning to Arizona. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge in
Phoenix hosts the annual Convention from Monday, December 15 through Thursday,
More than 1400 college and high school coaches–a record high–will gather for a week of
development sessions and seminars, legislative voting sessions, social gatherings and two
of the premier events in collegiate track & field: The Bowerman and the USTFCCCA Hall of
Fame Induction Ceremony.
Coaching education, legislation, and networking will be at the forefront. Throughout the week,
attendees will have the opportunity to attend symposiums led by a number of the nation’s top
coaches specializing in each of the sport’s disciplines, each with a specific technical focus.
Each discipline — endurance, jumps, sprints/hurdles/relays, and throws–will have eight
Directors of operations, high school coaches, and assistant coaches will have similar seminars
to aid their development.
For those especially keen on developing their knowledge base, the USTFCCCA’s
Track & Field Academy is hosting in-depth courses Saturday, December 13 through
Monday, December 15.
For the first time, an Academy course in Strength & Conditioning is being held; that will
be Thursday andFriday. Registration for these courses is closed and was separate
from convention registration.
In between the learning experiences and ceremonies are business meetings for each of the NCAA divisions for both track & field and cross country that will help shape the future of those sports.
The meetings throughout the week culminate in voting sessions on Thursday. At opening session,
consultant Jeff Schemmel of College Sports Solutions will present his conclusions from a
year-long study that his firm undertook on the present and future of the sport.
Convention-goers can kick off the week with the USTFCCCA Golf Scramble on Monday
Outside of the classroom and the boardroom, the ballroom will see college track & field’s
premier honors awarded.
The Bowerman– named in honor of legendary Oregon coach and track & field innovator
Bill Bowerman and the track & field equivalent of college football’s Heisman– will be awarded
to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field student-athletes in an
award show Wednesday, Dec. 17.
In a ceremony hosted by Ryan Fenton and streamed live on TheBowerman.org beginning
at 6:25 p.m. ET, The Bowerman Trophy will be awarded to one of three women’s finalists
and one of three men’s finalists.
Arizona distance runner Lawi Lalang, Oregon distance runner Edward Cheserek, and Texas A&M
sprinter Deon Lendore are the finalists for the men’s trophy, while the women’s award will go to
either Texas sprinter Courtney Okolo, Oregon distance runner Laura Roesler, or Arkansas State
hurdler Sharika Nelvis.
Former winners of the award include decathlon world record holder and Olympic champion
Ashton Eaton; 10,000 meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp; and 2011 1500 meter World
Champion Jenny Simpson.
Two nights earlier on Monday, Dec. 16, convention attendees will be on hand as some of
the greatest coaches in the sport’s history will be honored at the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall
of Fame Class of 2014 Induction Ceremony.
Ed Nuttycombe (Wisconsin), Tom Donnelly (Haverford), Lance Harter (Arkansas, Cal Poly),
Chris Daymont (St. Olaf), Joey Haines (Southeast Missouri, Austin Peay, Lipscomb) and
Johnny Thomas (Southern (La.)) are the distinguished Class of 2014.
The 2013-14 USTFCCCA Program of the Year winners will be honored before the Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony, as will the winner of the George Dales Award. During the opening session
on Tuesday, NCAA champions from the 2013-14 academic year will be presented their
championship rings from Balfour, and the winner of the Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service
Award will be announced.
More information about the 2014 USTFCCCA Convention can be found on the
official website of the convention.
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