PISCATAWAY, NJ – The United States Track Coaches Association announced that Rutgers head men’s track and field coach Mike Mulqueen has been named the Mondo NCAA Mid-Atlantic District Outdoor Coach of the Year, sponsored by Mondo, USA, the world's largest supplier of track & field surfaces.
Mulqueen, who is in 22nd-year as Rutgers’ head coach, will receive this prestigious honor at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, TX on June 7.
“Winning this award is a great reflection on what the team has accomplished this spring and is a real tribute to our athletes and assistant coaches Kevin Kelly (jumps), Tony Naclerio (throws) and Lou Tomlinson (sprints),” said Mulqueen. “I am humbled to have won this award and, I know it sounds like a cliché, but I cannot stress enough just how much credit our athletes and assistant coaches deserve.”
It has been a banner year for the Scarlet Knight program, arguably the greatest in the history of the men’s program at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights, headed by shot put and discus standout Sam Segond (East Stroudburg, PA) and the 4x100 relay team of David Klics (Lincoln Park, NJ), Marcel Coleman (Harrisburg, PA), Robert Waters (Bellmawr, NJ) and Joe Porter (Franklin, NJ), have 11 athletes competing in the NCAA Regionals in Gainesville, FL this weekend.
Under Mulqueen’s guidance, Rutgers earned its highest finishes in school history this spring in both the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and the IC4A’s, finishing in second place in each of these events.
Earlier this spring, the Rutgers coaching staff was named the 2004 BIG EAST Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year as the Scarlet Knights finished in the top five of the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships for the sixth consecutive year.
Individually, Waters became the first Rutgers track athlete to be named Outstanding Track Performer and only the ninth athlete in conference history to win three events at the championship meet.