March 7, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville track and field assistant coach Dale Cowper has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Southeast Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year, the New Orleans-based organization announced Monday.
"I couldn't be more proud of coach Cowper and his accomplishments thus far," coach Ron Mann says. "It's certainly a well-deserved honor."
Cowper has guided the throws group to another year of unprecedented success, highlighted by the women's team's first BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships title. His throwers swept the top four spots in the shot put and the top three in the weight throw for a combined 53 points (as a team, the women won with 110 points). Khadija Abdullah earned her first indoor league title in the shot put, while D'Ana McCarty collected her third indoor title in the weight throw.
At the conclusion of the championships, Mann and assistant coaches Cowper, Jake Jacoby, Terry Winston, Brice Allen and Christine Krellwitz were named the BIG EAST Women's Coaching Staff of the Year.
At the time of the nominations, Cowper's throwers accounted for five top-50 marks in the weight throw, which was tied for second-most nationally. In the shot put, they had the third-most top-50 national marks with three.
Currently, two Cardinals - McCarty (weight throw) and Abdullah (shot put) - have already qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, with automatic qualifying marks in their respective events.
In just his fifth season at Louisville, Cowper has coached the program's lone two-time national champion in McCarty, who won the weight throw competition the past two seasons. He has directed his group to All-America honors on eight different occasions and guided them to 25 BIG EAST individual titles.
Louisville returns to action on March 11-12, when it travels to College Station, Texas, to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University. The field of athletes will be set on Monday, March 7, in the late evening.
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