Oregon Ducks track and field coach Robert Johnson was named the Division I Indoor Track & Field National Head Coach of the Year — both men’s and women’s — by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
Under Johnson’s guidance, Oregon excelled at the recent NCAA Indoor Championships, capturing both the men’s and the women’s team titles. The feat wasn’t easy, though, as the women’s title came down to the 4×400 relay:
While the men’s team title was clinched well before the meet finale 4×400 relay, the women’s championship hung in the balance all the way until literally the final hundredths of a second of the meet. It was at the finish line of the 4×400 where Phyllis Francis leaned in ahead of Texas’ Ashley Spencer to win the race in 3:27.40 by just .02 and the meet by just half a point.
In other USTFCCCA news, Travis Geopfert of Arkansas was named the National Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year, while Petros Kyprianou of Georgia was named the National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.