PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers men's track and field head coach Mike Mulqueen has been named NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Indoor Track Coach of the Year, it was announced tonight by the United States Track Coaches Association.
Mulqueen has guided the Scarlet Knights to an outstanding indoor season in the 2004-05 campaign, including last weekend's IC4A Indoor Championship, the first ever in Rutgers history. The Scarlet Knights also finished second in the BIG EAST Indoor Championship the weekend of Feb. 19-20, its best showing ever in that event. Rutgers has also notched first place finishes in the Boston Invitational and the Fordham Invitational, and finished second at the Metropolitan Championship.
"Although it's given to one individual, this is an award that goes to everyone - our coaching staff and our athletes," Mulqueen said. "It's fitting for our program to be honored like this, coming off the IC4A Championship last weekend, where everyone contributed for us."
Mulqueen credited the contributions of his staff - assistant coaches Kevin Kelly (jumps), Tony Naclerio (throws) and Lou Tomlinson (sprints) - for its role in the Scarlet Knights' success in the 2004-05 indoor campaign. Mulqueen will be presented the award at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this upcoming weekend.