PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan women's track and field head coach James Henry was selected the Big Ten Conference's Coach of the Year for the 2004 outdoor season, the league announced today (Wednesday, May 19). It marks the 10th time Henry has garnered the conference's Coach of the Year award and his sixth, including the last three, during the outdoor season.
In his 20-plus years at the helm of the U-M women's track and field program, Henry has led the Wolverines to 11 Big Ten team championships and 76 Big Ten individual and relay titles.
Michigan's at the 2004 outdoor championships marks the first time in school history the Wolverines have won three straight team titles at the outdoor meet. U-M is just the second team in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. Wisconsin is the only other team in league history to have won the team trophy three or more years in a row, as the Badgers claimed four straight conference outdoor crowns from 1984-87.
En route to the top spot in the team standings last weekend, U-M had 23 of its 34 athletes score at least one point, while four athletes won five individual event titles, led by senior/junior Lindsey Gallo's (Freehold, N.J./Howell HS) dual victories in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs.
U-M scored at least one point in all 20 of the events in which it had entrants during the three days of competition. The one event in which Michigan did not score -- and did not have anyone competing -- was the triple jump.
Henry has led his team to the season sweep of conference hardware with both indoor and outdoor team titles on four occasions, in 1994, '98, 2002 and '03, and Michigan twice earned the conference triple crown, winning league titles in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field during the 1993-94 and 2002-03 school years.
The Wolverines have a week off before several Maize and Blue athletes travel to Baton Rouge, La., Friday and Saturday (May 28-29) for the second annual NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Each day's action begin at noon, with Friday's action getting underway with the javelin and Saturday's competition beginning with the hammer throw.
Contact: Gene Skidmore (734) 763-4423