PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers head coach Mike Mulqueen has been named the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the Mid Atlantic Region and Scarlet Knights’ heptathlete Trevor O’Grady (Wood-Ridge, NJ) was the Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the Mid Atlantic Region, the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association announced today.
Mulqueen, a four-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year (2006, 2005, 2004, 1996) and 2004, 2005 NCAA District Coach of the Year, is in his 26th season as a member of the Rutgers track and field coaching staff, and his 22nd as head coach of the men’s track & field and cross country programs. This winter, his team finished second at the BIG EAST Championship meet and third at the IC4A Championships.
Under Mulqueen’s guidance, Rutgers has produced 18 All-Americans (including 2004 recipient Sam Segond), 147 Metropolitan Champions, 28 IC4A Champions, 200 All-East selections, five Junior National Champions, 34 BIG EAST Champions and 10 national sports festival participants. His athletes have set 47 school records.
O’Grady is one of the Scarlet Knights’ most versatile multi-event performers, holding the school record in both the indoor heptathlon (5,417 points) and outdoor decathlon (7,212 points). O’Grady has provisionally qualified for the 2006 Indoor NCAA Championships with a 5,277-point performance at the Princeton Relays (1/15/06). Last month, O’Grady successfully defended his BIG EAST indoor heptathlon title, finishing with 5,417 points to place first.
Last season, O’Grady helped lead the Scarlet Knights to a pair of its best indoor finishes in school history, including a first-ever team title at the 2005 Indoor IC4A Championships. He captured first place in the heptathlon at the IC4A with 5,340 points, setting both the school and meet records. A month prior, O'Grady was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the Indoor BIG EAST Championships as he propelled RU to a second-place showing, the team's best finish in school history.
O’Grady was also recently selected as the BIG EAST/Aéropostale Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He will receive a $4,000 scholarship which may be applied to graduate or professional studies, was chosen for the BIG EAST/Aéropostale Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award from a pool of 15 candidates which encompassed athletes from the 10 BIG EAST men's sports (excluding football and men's basketball).