NEW ORLEANS - Kent State Director of Track and Field/CC Bill Lawson earned his third coaching honor of the season and the fourth in his time with the Golden Flashes as he was named the Great Lakes Region Women's Coach of the Year, announced Friday (June 4) by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
This season, Lawson led the Kent State women to a sweep of both the indoor and outdoor track and field Mid-American Conference titles and was named conference women's coach of the year in both seasons. It was the first time in school history, on either the men's or women's side that a team has swept both the indoor and outdoor crowns.
In the indoor season, the women's track and field team rallied from a 23-point deficit with three events left to win the MAC title over Central Michigan. In the outdoor season, the margin was a little bit more comfortable as Kent State defeated Akron by 38 points.
Individually, he has mentored sophomore Diana Dumitrescu, who qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships in the heptathlon. At the prestigious Drake Relays April 21-22, Dumitrescu finished second behind Olympian Diana Pickler with a school record 5,518 points. During the indoor season, Dumitrescu also set the school record in the pentathlon, earning All-American honors after finishing eighth with a total of 4,055 points.
For all the success athletically, his team has also achieved academically. The women's track and field team finished the 2010 school year with an GPA average higher than a 3.0.
Along with Dumitrescu, seniors Brittni Borrero (discus) and Brenda Baar (triple jump) with freshman Kenneth Agee (high jump) take part in the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week. The first events begin Wednesday, June 9.