The U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday the state-by-state winners of its inaugural High School Coach of the Year award, and former Utah Valley University track and field athlete Chase Englestead was named the Boys Coach of the Year for Utah.
Englestead, who ran distance for the Wolverines (2005-10), is the current head coach at Riverton High School in Riverton, Utah. This past season, Englestead led his Riverton High boys track and field team to the 5A State Championship.
During his time in Orem, Englestead was a first team all-conference performer in cross-country and a multiple runner of the week recipient. He was one of Utah Valley's first-ever athletes to compete at an NCAA event as he placed 60th at the 2009 NCAA Mountain Cross-Country Regional. Englestead also broke numerous school records at UVU.
One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states were honored for their successes during the 2014 track and field season, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.
The winners from each state are in consideration for the association's first-ever National High School Coach of the Year award. Selected by a panel of track and field experts, one boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be announced later this month as the national winners.
"We've established a tradition of recognizing our nation's top collegiate coaches on a yearly basis, and we felt it was time to shine the spotlight on our best coaches at the high school level," USTFCCCA CEO Sam Seemes said.
"As a professional coaches association, we deeply value the excellent work being done by high school coaches around the country, embodied by all of today's award winners. They are not only preparing student-athletes for their next competitions, but more importantly, the next steps along their paths to adulthood."
State-by-state winners were selected based on their team's performances throughout the 2014 track and field season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, the number of different events in which student-athletes were qualified, individual championships and how their team's performances stacked up to previous years.
"This is the most prestigious award that a high school coach could ever attain," National Senate of High School Track Coaches Associations Executive Chair Don Helberg said. "I am so happy and proud that USTFCCCA has added this award to the collegiate awards they already present."
To view the entire list of winners visit the USTFCCCA website.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.